NJCCVTS Blog: State Board of Education Recognizes County Vocational-Technical Schools and Leaders – NJCCVTS Executive Director Judy Savage

January 2nd, 2014

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.”

NJASA's Superintendent of the Year, ACIT's Dr. Philip Guenther (second from left), with his wife, Lee Ann, is honored by NJ State Board of Education President Arcelio Aponte (left) and NJ Commissioner of Education Christopher Cerf (right).

NJASA’s Superintendent of the Year, ACIT’s Dr. Philip Guenther (second from left), with his wife, Lee Ann, is honored by NJ State Board of Education President Arcelio Aponte (left) and NJ Commissioner of Education Christopher Cerf (right).

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:

• High Tech High School in North Bergen (Hudson County Schools of Technology) Video

• Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics & Engineering Technologies in Edison (Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools) Video

• Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) at Sandy Hook (Monmouth County Vocational School District) Video

• Morris County School of Technology in Denville (Morris County Vocational School District) Video

• Academy for Information Technology in Scotch Plains  (Union County Vocational Technical School District) Video

• Union County Magnet High School in Scotch Plains (Union County Vocational Technical School District) Video

Joseph Visicaro (left), Vice President of the NJ State Board of Education, with BCIT science teacher Peter Dorofy, a 2013 recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching

Joseph Visicaro (left), Vice President of the NJ State Board of Education, with Peter Dorofy, a receipent of the  Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching

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):

High Tech High School, Hudson County Schools of Technology

High Tech High School, Hudson County Schools of Technology

Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering, Middlesex County Vocational & Technical Schools

Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering, Middlesex County Vocational & Technical Schools

Marine Academy of Science and Technology, Monmouth County Vocational School District

Marine Academy of Science and Technology, Monmouth County Vocational School District

Morris County School of Technology, Morris County Vocational School District

Morris County School of Technology, Morris County Vocational School District

Academy of Information Technology, Union County Vocational-Technical Schools

Academy of Information Technology, Union County Vocational-Technical Schools

Union County Magnet High School, Union County Vocational-Technical Schools

Union County Magnet High School, Union County Vocational-Technical Schools

 

 

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