June’s Teacher of the Month
L to R: Principal Mark Alfone with winning teacher Heather Adams.
Congratulation to Heather Adams, a sixth and seventh grade teacher at Neptune Middle School in Neptune, NJ for receiving the June Teacher of the Month Award! Adams was nominated for this honor by her older sister Amanda Hessels, and was surprised with an award presentation at the end of the school year.
“Heather’s passion is teaching and she instills a love of learning, value, integrity and service in all that are fortunate enough to know her,” said Amanda. “Heather holds her students to a high standard and will push them to achieve that standard of excellence. She never accepts “can’t” nor “won’t” as answers, and always keeps learning interesting by using sources outside of the textbook.” She continued, “Most striking, I have seen Heather encourage students to make connections with what they are learning to their lives, the world, or something they may have seen or read. Her students know that her classroom is a safe place to learn and just be themselves, helping them develop not only knowledge, but confidence to excel and contribute to the greater community.”
May’s Teacher of the Month
L to R: Katie North of Thunder 106, nominating student Haley Kreis, winning teacher Renee Gurgacz, Lacey Township High School Principal Will Zylinski, First Financial’s BusinessDevelopment Director Kathy Zimmer and First Financial’s Marketing Manager Jessica Revoir
First Financial and Thunder 106 are proud to announce Renee Gurgacz as May’s Teacher of the Month! Ms. Gurgacz is an Emergency Services Club advisor and teacher at Lacey Township High School in Lanoka Harbor. Gurgacz was nominated for this honor by student Haley Kreis.
“Ms. G has been such a hero to me,” said Haley. “She introduced me to volunteering on our local ambulance squad and this week I graduated EMT class with 26 other people, including another fellow Lacey High School student.” Kreis continued, “Ms. G helps us cope with the serious calls, teaches us the basics of patient care, and makes the club fun. As a result of her program, over thirty current and former students have joined local squads in the past few years and many have made careers out of EMS and firefighting.”
April’s Teacher of the Month
L to R front row: First Financial’s Business Development Director Kathy Zimmer, nominating student Delaney, winning teacher Kristina Guttadora, First Financial’s Marketing Manager Jessica Revoir and Katie North of Thunder 106.
First Financial Federal Credit Union and Thunder 106 are proud to honor another Teacher of the Month! April’s Teacher of the Month Award went to Kristina Guttadora of Freehold Township High School. Ms. Guttadora is also a Future Farmers of America (FFA) advisor at FTHS.
Student Delaney who nominated Ms. Guttadora said,
“While other FFA chapters have about four or five advisors to teach animal science, floral design, landscaping, career development events teams, and make sure that everything for the state gets done, Ms. Guttadora does it all herself. Not only has she taught us these skills, but also how to be leaders, work in a team, work hard (but still have fun), and appreciate others.” Delaney added, “She has really inspired me to become an agriculture educator and an FFA advisor one day.”
Congratulations, Ms. Guttadora!
Many teachers work all year round, such as coaches, summer school teachers, and some special education professionals. We are still taking Teacher of the Month nominations all summer! You can nominate a teacher for July and August Teacher of the Month at Thunder106.com.