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NJEA is proud to join with students, school employees, parents, and others in congratulating the 2022-23 New Jersey County Teachers of the Year. 


Ocean County Teacher of the Year Christina Girtain

Toms River High School South Science Teacher and the Director of Authentic Science Research


“We congratulate all of this year’s county teacher of the year cohort on this well-earned and well-deserved recognition. Their dedication to the profession and the passion involved in teaching our students is proof positive why New Jersey garners the distinction of number one school in the nation,” said NJEA President Sean M. Spiller.

“When we talk about what makes a community a place one wants to call home, time and time again, our public schools are listed at the top of what families see as the best part of their community. Our families know that their educators are there for them and their students. As the NJEA officer liaison to the county teacher of the year program, I can say this year’s cohort is a testament to our communities’ success,” said NJEA Vice President Steve Beatty.

“Our county teachers represent all of our educators working to make a difference in the lives of our students and their families. Despite crippling shortages of educators across the state, these teachers show up and make the absolute best inclusive education they can for the children they serve. And, they do it with love, care, compassion, and courage,” said NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Petal Robertson.


Meet New Jersey’s 2022-23 County Teachers of the Year – New Jersey Education Association (njea.org)