My name is Jeanne DelColle, the New Jersey Teacher of the Year for 2011-2012, and I am proud to teach at one of New Jersey’s premiere county vocational and technical schools.
I am a history teacher at the Burlington County Institute of Technology in Westampton, a school of 1200 students.
When I mention where I work, people often get strange looks on their faces and then say, “Well, I guess the world needs kids who don’t want to go to college.”
But I have news for them: With career majors like engineering, law and public safety, health occupations, veterinary assistant and entertainment technology, many of our BCIT students are already learning the skills that others only get in college or on the job. These kids are no slackers, and go on to some of the area’s most prestigious colleges and universities.
Career and technical schools provide the perfect combination of creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills that help to guide our students as they become responsible young adults with a sense of civic responsibility.
We teachers beam with pride as our students maintain the same academic course load as every other public high school student in the state, while at the same time developing the skills needed to certify in their career major area. This combination of acquired knowledge and expertise makes our students highly sought-after and valued by employers because they have a good work ethic and are prepared for the realities of the working world.
I would like to invite anyone who wants to see dynamic education at work to visit a career and technical school and see what success is all about.
Throughout the next year, as I travel throughout New Jersey in my role as State Teacher of the Year, I will continue to proudly advocate for career and technical education and the incredible effect it has on the young people of our state.
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Jeanne DelColle, a History teacher at the Burlington County Institue of Technology in Westhampton, was chosen as the New Jersey State Teacher of the Year 2011-2012 by the state Department of Education. She will be blogging for CareerTechNJ as she travels throughout the state talking about educational issues.
Read more about Jeanne, her accomplishments and her teaching philosophy in this story from the Philadelphia Inquirer