Netcong School District has named Marlene Baccaro as a 2016 New Jersey Exemplary Elementary Educator. The goal of this program is to identify educators who are valued by their school and community and have exhibited strong knowledge and skills, as inspiring presence, and a clear vision for quality teaching and learning.
Annually, the New Jersey Department of Education invites administrators from each district to recommend educators for the Exemplary Elementary Educator Recognition Program. Candidates must demonstrate exceptional educational talent as evidenced by effective instructional practices and student learning results; exemplary educational accomplishments beyond the classroom; contributions to education that are largely unheralded; engaging and inspiring presence that motivates and impacts students, colleagues, and the community; strong, long-range potential for professional and policy leadership.
Dr. Gina Cinotti, Chief School Administrator, stated, “When I read the nomination program for this prestigious award, I immediately knew who we would nominate. This person not only exudes a talent for teaching and instructing learners, but she exudes a commitment, passion, and genuineness professionally and personally. She has a thirst for teaching mastery of the standards, while making learning fun. She is a role model to all.”
Baccaro is a veteran teacher at Netcong and was first employed here as an instructional aide. At any given time, an observer can enter her classroom and see project-based learning, 21st Century skills and high academic standards and rigor. She consistently is a “teacher facilitator” and progresses her lesson on student feedback. Students have fun learning and are eager to learn more.
Upon receiving her award, Baccaro said, “I feel honored and privileged to be among such a remarkable and distinguished group of educators and staff at Netcong School. I am truly grateful to Dr. Cinotti, Mrs. Walsh, and all those individuals who remind me how fortunate I am to work at a place with colleagues and students I care about, in a job that a love. I share this recognition with all of them.”