TOMS RIVER, NJ — Christine Girtain, the 2022-23 New Jersey Teacher of the Year, has been honored with the NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence, one of 43 teachers in the country to receive the honor.
The award recognizes teachers “for their leadership, excellence in the classroom, family and community engagement, commitment to equity and diversity, and advocacy for the teaching profession,” the NEA Foundation said in announcing the honorees, who were nominated by the NEA’s state affiliates.
“These extraordinary awardees remind us that educators are the backbone of our communities and our democracy,” said Sara A. Sneed, president and CEO of The NEA Foundation. “At a time when educators and public education are under attack, these educators have been at the forefront of ensuring access to a high-quality education for all students. Building a bright future for America’s children requires that we all do our part to support educators and racial justice in public education.”
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