Teacher of the Year Award

For the past seventeen years, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities has recognized the best of our state’s K-12 public school teachers and their outstanding achievements in teaching the humanities to our young people. 

Congratulations to Adam Recktenwald, East Brunswick High School, our 2013 Teacher of the Year.

The 2013  selection committee took particular note of the interdisciplinary nature of Recktenwald’s teaching and his strong dedication to students through a combination of  humanities education and the arts both in and out of the classroom.

What kind of teacher do we look for?

An elementary, middle school or high school teacher who understands the complexity, value and richness of the humanities, including such subjects as history, literature and language arts, the theory and history of the arts, comparative religion, world cultures and ethics. Teachers who explore these subjects with their students often use an interdisciplinary approach. Such teachers are creative and help others to see new perspectives. They frequently serve as role models for other teachers. They are, simply, the best of teachers.

The Teacher of the Year receives a $500 prize; his or her school receives $500 for the purchase of humanities resources that are chosen by the Teacher of the Year.

We encourage your participation in the Teacher of the Year awards program!

See: Teacher’s Programs for more detail.  Questions? Contact Mary Grace Whealan at [email protected]



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