County vocational-technical schools were a major presence at the State Board of Education’s Annual Recognition Ceremony on December 18.
Nine county vocational school groups were recognized, including the New Jersey School Superintendent of the Year, six US Blue Ribbon Schools, a Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, and a student who assisted with the video to productions to tell their stories.
Commissioner of Education Chris Cerf called the recognition ceremony an opportunity to celebrate “the craft of great teaching and running great schools.”
Dr. Philip Guenther, superintendent of the Atlantic County Institute of Technology and past president of the NJ Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools, was recognized as New Jersey’s Superintendent of the Year.
This is the first time in 20 years that a county vocational-technical school leader has been selected by the NJ Association of School Administrators for this prestigious award.
Dr. Guenther was recognized for his success in expanding the Atlantic County Institute of Technology in Mays Landing from a shared-time vocational-technical high school to a full-time, 21st century career and technical high school, where more than 1,000 students now benefit from the integration of rigorous academics into challenging, industry-driven career programs.
Watch Dr. Guenther’s interview on NJTV.
The pride was evident and well-deserved as six county vocational-technical schools were honored for earning the prestigious Blue Ribbon from the US Department of Education as Exemplary High-Performing Schools. Each school shared a short video that conveyed the unique personality and excitement of their school community.
Here are the six county vocational-technical Blue Ribbon Schools and links their videos:
Peter Dorofy, a science teacher at the Burlington County Institute of Technology in Medford, was honored as a 2013 recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching.
He was among six New Jersey math and science teachers recognized with the Presidential Award.
And finally, the State Board honored Sean Gilbert, a student at Communications High School in Monmouth County for assisting in the final production of the videos celebrating the award winners.
State Board of Eduction President Arcelio Aponte, Vice President Joseph Fisicaro and member Jack Fornaro represented the State Board at the ceremony.
Here are the photos of representatives of the six county vocational-technical school Blue Ribbon Award winners at the recognition ceremony, with Mr. Aponte (left) and Commissioner Cerf (right):