MANCHESTER – Ocean County’s Teacher of the Year for the 2017-2018 school year has a familiar face. She’s Manchester Township High School Science and Special Education Teacher Christine Newbury, who has been teaching at the school since 2011.
County Teachers of the Year are not only recognized for their valuable contributions to their local school communities, but are also given an opportunity to serve as ambassadors of education to officials at the county and state level.
Ms. Newbury’s contributions in the classroom are nothing short of amazing. She teaches all levels of Science classes in replacement, inclusion and alternative school settings, and is chairperson of the Technology Team and coordinator for the Hawkscape Technology Conference.
“We are very proud to have Christine represent our district and Ocean County as the County Teacher of the Year,” said Superintendent David Trethaway. “Christine possesses all of the qualities of an outstanding teacher but the two qualities that stand out are her passion for her students and her willingness to continually look to improve by challenging herself to find new and innovative instructional methods to provide the best education for all of her students. We are fortunate to have an excellent staff in the Manchester Township School District and Christine is a great example of what it takes to be an outstanding educator.”
Newbury graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences and received her Teacher of Students with Disabilities certification from Georgian Court University.
She will now have a unique opportunity to network with the other 20 Teachers of the Year from New Jersey counties, and will be invited to serve on state committees and task forces, where she can share her own teaching experiences and viewpoints at the state level. The New Jersey Department of Education is counting on her to take the resources and information she learns back to the Manchester School District.
“I am truly blessed and honored to represent a county full of extraordinary educators who dedicate their lives and passion to bettering our future through our students,” said Newbury. “I am also honored to represent Manchester Township School District. I am so proud to be a Hawk and call Manchester my home away from home.”
County Teachers of the year are first chosen as Teachers of the Year at the school level through the Governor’s Educator of the Year program. But the competition doesn’t end there. The New Jersey State Teacher of the Year will be announced at the State Board of Education’s October meeting, and whomever is named will go on to represent New Jersey at the National Teacher of the Year competition.