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Toms River East’s Lisa Maratto Honored as a “Teacher Who Rocks”

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Lisa Maratto, a distinguished educator from Toms River High School East, has been honored with the “Teacher Who Rocks” award by local radio stations 95.9 WRAT-FM and 100.1 WJRZ-FM. This prestigious recognition highlights her exceptional contributions to education and her impact on students.

Nominated by Principal Erin Anders, Marotto has dedicated 40 years to the field of education, with the last 23 years at Toms River East. Known for holding her students to the highest standards, Marotto’s dedication extends beyond the classroom through her involvement in school plays and the photography club, and her commitment to enhancing school culture with her visually appealing bulletin boards and weekly calendars. As she prepares to retire this June, Marotto’s legacy includes not only the mastery of her subject matter but also her adaptability to new technologies during the pandemic, making a lasting impact on her students and colleagues alike.

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N.J. teacher wins $10K national education award after year full of honors

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It’s been quite a year for East Orange social studies teacher Theresa Maughan.

Last year, she was named New Jersey’s 2021-2022 State Teacher of the Year. Now, she is receiving one of teaching’s highest national honors.

Maughan, who teaches high school social studies at East Orange STEM Academy, and will be one of five educators from across the country receiving the 2023 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence from the NEA Foundation, a non-profit group based in Washington, D.C.

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Toms River celebrates its own New Jersey Teacher of the Year

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TOMS RIVER – Christine Girtain had some advice for her students in remarks at the end of a pep rally Monday held in her honor at RWJBarnabas Health Arena.

“Whatever choice you make in your career, make sure you love it as much as I love this,” said Girtain, who last week was named New Jersey’s Teacher of the Year for 2022-2023 by the state Department of Education, “for this has been one helluva ride.”

A combined band of Toms River High School North and South students serenaded Girtain, school mascots led cheers, and several of her students, along with a series of speakers, lauded the science teacher for her devotion to educating and seeking extra opportunities for the kids in her classes.

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Toms River Science Teacher Named Ocean County Teacher Of The Year

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TOMS RIVER, NJ — Set one foot inside Christine Girtain’s classroom and one thing is certain: this is not your average science class.

Girtain, who leads the authentic science research program at Toms River High Schools North and South, has guided student projects that have covered a range of topics,

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For Toms River mom, teacher recovering from stroke, Rugged Maniac not ‘just another 5K’

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ISLAND HEIGHTS – Toms River’s Erin Calicchio was an active 37-year-old wife, mom and high school teacher when she woke up on March 3, 2020.

By afternoon, that life was hold as she lay in an ICU hospital bed at Community Medical Center, a brain stem stroke, believed to be the result of an earlier bout with COVID-19, having left her right side paralyzed and her speech impaired.

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Teacher shortages in NJ — COVID-19 likely playing a role in

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Educator shortages leading up to the start of the academic year aren’t rare for New Jersey school districts, particularly the larger ones.

But the coronavirus pandemic may be making these teacher shortfalls even greater as the start of the 2021-2022 school year approaches.

“On the one end, we’re not refilling the pool of candidates, and on the other end, we have those people that are deciding, ‘I’ve had enough,'” said Todd Lawrence, owner of NJSchoolJobs.com. “Maybe COVID sped that process up for people.”

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How NJ teacher salaries stack up against other professions

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How NJ teacher salaries stack up against other professions

The people hired in New Jersey to develop the next generation of leaders, doctors and everyday workers are paid, on average, about 20% more than folks who have jobs in other lines of work.

A state-by-state analysis from Business.org, which was updated to reflect 2019-2020 figures, finds that New Jersey posts the fourth-highest differential between teacher salaries and the salaries of all other occupations.

Nationwide, teachers earn 13% more than the average salary, according to the analysis. In New Jersey, the spread is 19.9% — only California, New York and Pennsylvania post higher differences.

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