Seton Hall received the distinct honor of having all three of its student teacher nominees from the College of Education and Human Services win the prestigious 2015 New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award. Elementary and Special Education Majors Megan Baumley, Matthew Crilly, and Secondary Education Major Luke LaChac were chosen by an independent panel of esteemed state educators to be one of this year's top 15 graduates of teacher education programs in New Jersey's colleges and universities. Cooperating Teachers Mrs. Keri Nieves (Monmouth Junction Elementary), Mrs. Nicole Longo (Hamilton Intermediate School) and Mrs. Debbie Scialfa (Columbia Middle School) were also honored for their work in mentoring CEHS award recipients.
The New Jersey Department of Education and the New Jersey Association of Colleges for Teacher Education honored recipients, their cooperating teachers and nominees on June 24, 2015 at Rider University with keynote speaker Mark Mautone, the 2014-2015 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year.
Special thanks are in order to Supervisors Mrs. Sharon Bosworth, Dr. Thomas F. Killeen and Mr. Bernard L. Flashberg for guiding, nominating and writing recommendation letters for our honorees.
Matthew Crilly graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education, with certifications in Elementary Education K-6, Social Studies K-12, and Teacher of Students with Disabilities K-12. Crilly completed his student teaching in a fourth grade inclusion classroom at Hamilton Intermediate School in Harrison, N.J. where he previously completed his 72 hour internship. "Throughout both experiences, I was able to teach whole class and small group lessons that were designed to meet the diverse learning strengths and weaknesses of the students," said Crilly. Crilly was recently hired by the Harrison School District to teach, starting in the fall of 2015.
Megan Baumley graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education. Baumley was a student teacher at Monmouth Junction School in the Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick, N.J. "I was in a third grade inclusion classroom and loved it so much. It was a phenomenal experience. I couldn't have asked for a better school, teacher, or class to be placed with," said Baumley, "My students taught me something new each and every day." Baumley is planning to attend grad school in the fall.
Luke LaChac graduated with degrees in Secondary Education and History and a New Jersey Teaching Computer Technologies Certificate. LaChac was a student teacher in an eighth grade classroom at Columbia Middle School in Berkeley Heights, N.J. "The experience itself was what I could make of it," said LaChac. "With my cooperating teacher, the staff, and the students there, I was given more opportunities than I could imagine and seized every one of them. "LaChac was a teacher chaperone and leader for the school's ski club, peer leadership, and guitar club. LaChac will be teaching seventh grade Social Studies at Bernardsville Middle School starting in the fall of 2015.