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2009-10 Jenn Encin

Hope Township School would like to congratulate Mrs. Jennifer Encin
as our 2009-2010 Teacher of the Year!

School/District:   Hope Township School
Education:  Bachelor of Arts, English, Georgian Court College
Teaches:  Language Arts Gr. 7 & 8

Ever since I was a young girl, I wanted to be a teacher. I fondly remember forcing my friends and brothers to be my students, so that I could be the teacher when we played school. I was fortunate to have teachers along the way who continued to nurture and encourage the teacher inside me. On the other hand, I also had experiences that left me unprepared for the next step in my life. I think it was only after feeling that sense of hopelessness on my very first day of college that I knew what I had to do. From that point forward, I felt compelled to prepare young adults for their next step, whatever that may be, while sharing with them my enthusiasm for good literature and good writing.

It was an easy decision for me to go to Georgian Court College in my hometown of Lakewood, New Jersey where I graduated in 2000 with a Bachelors Degree in English. Shortly after graduating, I came to Hope Township School as the 7th and 8th grade Language Arts teacher. I am extremely fortunate to have been provided with so many opportunities to be involved in other aspects of education outside of my classroom. In my ten years at Hope School, I have worked on committees that developed the district’s professional development plan, Language Arts curriculum and most recently, the instructional supervision model.  In addition, I have worn the hat of the eighth class grade advisor, the advisor for the Panther Pride Honor Society, and district test coordinator.

As all teachers know, your day is not over once you leave school. Therefore, I would be remiss if I didn’t share with you my greatest accomplishments from my other full-time job, my husband of almost seven years - Dan and my 3-year-old twins, Max and Paige who have been nothing but patient, generous and a source of inspiration.  It has been a pleasure to work with the faculty, students, and community members of Hope Township. Thank you for this honor and congratulations to all of the teachers with whom I share this recognition!

I am very proud that Mrs. Jennifer Encin is our selection for the 2009-10 Hope Township School Governor’s Teacher Recognition Program! The fact that she has been nominated many times since she began at Hope School 10 years ago is a credit to her sustained excellence. Her nominations always include her professional approach to student instruction and the remarkable respect she garners from her colleagues. She is truly a professional educator in every sense of the term.

Mrs. Encin sets the bar high for her students and herself. She is all about professional growth. She has a genuine desire to learn and improve her craft. Her reflective approach is a wonderful attribute that enables her to sustain ongoing professional growth. Mrs. Encin annually volunteers as a member of our School Professional Development Committee. This past year she is a valued member of our Instructional Supervision Review Committee. Mrs. Encin has served as our district testing coordinator and on many curriculum development committees. I can always rely on Mrs. Encin to perform her extra responsibilities in an outstanding manner, demonstrating commitment, high level of organization, and initiative.

Her daily work in the classroom with our Grade 7 and 8 language arts students has also been extraordinary as marked by last years significant improvement in her students’ NJASK scores! Having her students for two years provides many opportunities and challenges. I have always found Mrs. Encin up to any challenge. She invests countless hours preparing lessons, presenting lessons and grading students work. Now having a Smartboard permanently installed in her classroom, she is already developing creative ways to engage her students.

In past years she has been an advisor for the Grade 8 class and our Panther Pride Honor Society. She has also been active in our summer enrichment programs and after school programs for student extra help and Gifted and Talented. Over the past several years she worked with our Mayor to host the very popular Grade 8 Mayor’s Book Club. Students read a novel, participate in a “book share” session with interested staff, parents and our Mayor. Finally, students write an essay based on their own lives. I look forward to her work again this year with such a beneficial community learning experience

On behalf of the BOE and administration, we are most grateful for Mrs. Encin’s commitment to our students and colleagues, and the successes she fosters at Hope Township School. Her extensive contributions make our school a more effective learning environment for everyone!

Alfred Annunziata