Alumna Tamara Leverdige was named Newark’s 2019 Teacher of the Year. The sixth-grade English teacher at Ivy Hill School approaches her students with respect and understanding, featuring a sign on her classroom door stating: “You are loved.”
Leveridge grew up in Newark, New Jersey, and is the first teacher of the year to be named by Superintendent Roger Leon, who was chosen as the first Hispanic Superintendent in Newark Public Schools. Additionally, Leon was the Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient at the Convocation for College of Education and Human Services on May 16, 2019.
Leveridge has been teaching for 11 years in Newark at both the Dr. E. Alma Flagg School and Ivy Hill. One of her recent academic projects for her students is a “Living Wax Museum,” where they researched and presented material on notable historical figures from their respective cultures. In addition to interesting and innovative classroom projects, her sense of humor keeps her students engaged.