Two county vocational-technical school educators were among the 2012 County Teachers of the Year announced yesterday by the New Jersey Department of Education.
Indira Bailey, an art teacher at Bloomfield Tech (part of the Essex County Vocational Technical Schools district), was selected as the Essex County Teacher of the Year.
Thomas Koehler, a veterinary science teacher at Morris County School of Technology, was selected as the Morris County Teacher of the year.
According to the NJDOE news release, “county teachers of the year are selected at the county level by panels representing a cross-section of administrators, teachers, parents and county education association representatives convened by the executive county superintendents of schools.
“Each County Teacher of the Year submits a written application and a 15 minute video to the Department of Education for review by a state-level panel of educators who make the final selection of the 2012-13 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year. The announcement will be made at the October meeting of the State Board of Education and the winner will represent the state at the National Teacher of the Year competition.”
The current New Jersey Teacher of the Year is Jeanne Del Colle, a history teacher at Burlington County Institute of Technology.
Read the NJDOE news release here.