Eatontown District Honors Its Monmouth County Superintendents’ Teacher Recognition Candidates

Eatontown Superintendent of Schools Scott McCue along with the 2014 Eatontown Teachers of The Year:  Kim Morgan, Nicole Citarella, Lara Neary and Janis Mottershead.
Eatontown Superintendent of Schools Scott McCue along with the 2014 Eatontown Teachers of The Year: Kim Morgan, Nicole Citarella, Lara Neary and Janis Mottershead.

At the February 11, Board of Education meeting in Eatontown, the district announced its Monmouth County Superintendents’ Teacher Recognition Candidates from each of the districts four schools.  Each schools Teacher of The Year was introduced by their building Principal.  They are:

Ms. Janis Mottershead: Social Studies teacher at Memorial Middle School.  Principal Jay Medlin  spoke of how Mrs. Mottershead  “has molded many young adults, many of whom come back to thank her for giving them the tools needed to be successful. Janice is currently the president of the Eatontown Education Association, dedicating countless hours for the benefit of her colleagues.” 

Mrs. Kim Morgan:   Preschool inclusion teacher of three and four year olds at Meadowbrook School.  School Principal Valerie Cioffi noted that  “Mrs. Morgan has done an exemplary job ensuring her students have the skills necessary to succeed in kindergarten.  Kim is a hands on teacher, every time I visit her room she is sitting with a group of students, singing and dancing, or working one on one with a student reinforcing a particular skill.”

 Mrs. Nicole Citarella:  Art teacher at Woodmere School.  Principal Kim Muir commented that “Mrs. Citarella has made substantial contributions in her three years at school.  Mrs. Citarella spent her summer painting the library during its renovation and is working on the schools reading garden.  She always welcomes students back to Art during recess time.  She is a wonderful teacher.”


Mrs. Lara Neary: 1st grade teacher at Vetter School.   Kevin Iozzi, the building Principal, spoke of how Mrs. Nary “is the perfect example of what a team player should be, gets along well with everyone, and is always willing to share what she has with others!  She forms these beautiful relationships with her students so that they know they can trust her and in turn feel included. In the end, the bottom line is her students learn… which is, after all, the name of the game.”

Superintendent of Eatontown Schools Scott McCue noted that “Effective teaching provides students with hope, opportunity, as well as a chance for children to reach their full potential.  Students can present many different educational and socio-emotional challenges to our school system each day.  These teachers recognized tonight have the capacity and ability to respond appropriately and effectively to these challenges.  Their love and passion for learning and teaching is witnessed daily by colleagues, students, parents, and administrators alike.”   Mr. McCue also thanked the teachers for their service to the children of Eatontown and noted that “Effective teaching requires knowledge of student performance and the evaluation of student performance data, but effective teaching also requires a love of children, a passion for the profession, as well as intuition about youngsters that cannot be found in books, workshops, or other training opportunities.  The candidates honored here tonight possess the unique ability to balance the science and the art of education in order to benefit student learning and enhance students’ skills and abilities.”

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