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2018-2019 Educators of the Year


The Flemington-Raritan Regional School District is fortunate to have a sterling teaching staff in all of its schools. The district and New Jersey Department of Education participate in the New Jersey Teacher of the Year Program and the Governor’s Teacher/Educational Services Professional Recognition Program. This program highlights educational innovation, student achievement, the rewards of teaching and important services outside the classroom environment that lead to student success. Further, it seeks to attract public attention to the positive aspects of our educational system. The school district has engaged in a process that allows for one teacher from each school, one educational support professional and one paraprofessional to be honored for outstanding professionalism and student support. We are happy to honor the following staff members with supportive comments from their colleagues and our Educator of the Year Committees.

Barley Sheaf School

Teacher – Kathleen Mikalsen, Kindergarten -- Kathy Mikalsen is a dedicated kindergarten teacher who works endlessly to support all of her students and the school community. Her hard work and dedication to Barley Sheaf School and the Flemington-Raritan School District is an inspiration to others.

Educational Services Professional – Gina Collins, School Counselor -- Gina Collins strives to serve every member of the Barley Sheaf community as the school counselor. She watches over our children, making time to discuss both big and small issues that arise in their daily lives.

Copper Hill School

Teacher – Margaret Gerlach, Grade 2  -- Margaret Gerlach is an outstanding leader on her grade level team. She has helped implement several key 4 initiatives, including our science curriculum, Fundations and exploring the upcoming workshop model for reading and writing.

Educational Services Professional – Mary Genovese, Speech  -- Copper Hill Elementary School is very proud to announce that Speech-Language Specialist Mary Genovese has been named as our Educational Services Professional of the Year. Ms. Genovese has been an educator for 34 years, 19 years in her current position at Copper Hill Elementary School.

Francis A. Desmares School

Teacher – Nydia Peake, World Language  -- Mrs. Nydia Peake is currently the World Language Teacher at Desmares School and Robert Hunter School. Prior to working in Flemington, Mrs. Peake was a World Language Teacher in Hampton Public Schools and Middlesex School District in New Jersey and Daisy Ingraham Elementary School in Connecticut. She also taught Language Arts and Social Studies in the Middlesex School District.

Educational Services Professional – Kathleen Barbee, School Nurse  -- Mrs. Kathleen Barbee has been the school nurse at Desmares School since 2014. Prior to working at Desmares School, she was a school nurse for several years at Bloomsbury Elementary School and a maternity nurse in Philadelphia and at Hunterdon Medical Center.

Robert Hunter School

Teacher –Lori Carlucci, Grade 2  -- Lori Carlucci has been named Robert Hunter’s Teacher of the Year. Lori is a 2nd -grade teacher and a dedicated educator who works tirelessly to support her students’ needs. She values every child in her classroom as a unique learner, and she is a leader of differentiation strategies. She wants every child to succeed and advocates for each student in her classroom, collaborating with families and colleagues and always trying out new ideas.

Educational Services Professional – Rebecca Burns, Stretch  -- Rebecca Burns has been named Robert Hunter’s Educational Services Professional of the Year. In her roles as Stretch teacher and RTI specialist, Rebecca goes above and beyond to support students and staff at Robert Hunter. Rebecca has also taught in the district as a Language Arts teacher and Special Education teacher and has gained a reputation as a learning strategies expert.

Reading-Fleming Intermediate School

Teacher – Kristin DeLorenzo, Math Support  -- Kristin DeLorenzo has been named the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year for Reading-Fleming Intermediate School (RFIS). Kristin is well known for consistently pushing students to raise their level of performance in the classroom and to have a deep real-world understanding of the mathematical concepts.

Educational Services Professional – Isabel Esparza, Teacher Assistant  -- Isabel Esparza has been named the 2018-2019 Educational Services Professional of the Year for Reading-Fleming Intermediate School (RFIS). Isabel goes above and beyond to make sure all students experience success at RFIS. She truly puts children first and cares deeply for their well-being and academic success.

J.P. Case Middle School

Teacher - Therese Squicciarini, 7th Grade LearningLanguage Disabilities Teacher  -- J.P. Case is pleased to announce its Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Therese Squicciarini. Therese has worked in many capacities to serve the J.P. Case Middle School children. She began working as a Teaching Assistant, supporting instruction in a myriad of classes.

Educational Services Professional – Colette Baills, Guidance Counselor  -- It is J.P. Case's pleasure to recognize Ms. Colette Baills as the Educational Services Professional of the year for 2018-19. Ms. Baills is a trusted counselor who works tirelessly to serve and meet the needs of our adolescent students in all capacities each day. She garners resources for families in need, helps students and families through adversity, and brings a laser focus to her work while keeping current with mental health and wellness issues affecting our kids.