Amanda Andrews, a seventh grade math teacher at Keyport Central School is Monmouth County’s Teacher of the Year.
The state Department of Education announced Andrews’ selection along with 20 other teachers from each of the state’s counties earlier this week.
How was she chosen?
County Teachers of the Year are first selected at the school level through the Governor’s Educator of the Year program. They then go on to compete at the county level and are selected by panels representing a cross-section of administrators, teachers, parents, and county education association representatives convened by the Department’s executive county superintendents.
“I’m pleased to congratulate all of our county Teachers of the Year for 2015-16,” Education Commissioner David C. Hespe said in a prepared statement. “I consider this award a tribute to the talent, dedication, professionalism and success of these educators.”
A state-level panel of educators will select New Jersey’s State Teacher of the Year based on a written application, video submission, and interviews with the top five finalists. The State Teacher of the Year will be announced at the State Board of Education’s October meeting, and will go on to represent New Jersey at the National Teacher of the Year competition.
Editor’s Note: The Anchor will interview Ms. Andrews later next week.