Susan Olsen and Lisa Serafino were recently recognized as two of fifteen New Jersey Distinguished Student Teachers of the Year. This award is given by the NJ Department of Education annually. Each of the 25 NJ colleges and universities may nominate three candidates, and a panel of eight educators from throughout the state chose the 15 finalists. They were honored at a ceremony sponsored by the NJ Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (NJACTE) at Rider University on Wednesday, June 29th.
Both recipients are graduates of Montclair State University's College of Education and Human Services. Susan Olsen graduated Summa Cum Laude in May 2011 with her BA in Family and Child Studies and a certification in Elementary Education (K-5). Lisa Serafino graduated in January 2011 with her Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Mathematics.