The Robbinsville Board of Education recently honored the school district’s three Teachers of the Year for their outstanding work in the classroom.
Robbinsville High School world history honors teacher Sean Fry, Pond Road Middle School fourth-grade teacher Renee Mering, and Sharon Elementary School third-grade teacher Megan Steigerwald were given special recognition at the May 28 school board meeting.
RHS Assistant Principal Nicole Rossi had high praise for Fry, calling him “one of the most intelligent people I have ever met.” Fry’s own passion for learning is contagious in the classroom and his students respond enthusiastically, she said.
“He challenges his students and they rise to his high expectations,” Rossi said. “They adore him and we adore him. He’s a great guy and I‘m so proud that he is Robbinsville High School’s Teacher of the Year.”
Sharon Elementary School Principal Janet Sinkewicz introduced third-grade teacher Megan Steigerwald, recalling how “Miss Stag,” as she is known to her students, began her career in Robbinsville as a student teacher in 2004, the same year the new assistant principal, Nicole McGrath Bootier, arrived as a student teacher.
“We hit the jackpot when they were both placed in Sharon School,” Ms. Sinkewicz said. “Any positive adjective you can think of to describe a teacher is Megan. She is flexible, she is caring, she’s tough, and she cares about her kids and pushes them.”
Pond Road Middle School Principal Paul Gizzo said his son is starting fourth grade in another school district in September, but if he could pick any fourth-grade teacher in the world to be his son’s teacher it would be Mering.
“She embodies what a good teacher should be at all times,” Gizzo said. “She’s hard working, she’s a leader – one of our fourth-grade team leaders – and also a math coach. She treats her kids like the most loving math problem you’ll ever see in your life. She figures them out. She sees what they do best, she sees where they need help and she personalizes learning for each and every one of her students and that is one of her greatest gifts.”
Schools Superintendent Steve Mayer, who lives in Robbinsville, noted his sons had been fortunate to have two of the teachers who were being honored and concurred that they were tremendous teachers.
“You guys really do embody what we believe to be outstanding, caring teachers,” Mayer said. “Thank you for all the work you do every day – the planning, the preparing and making sure your lessons meet kids’ needs – because that’s not easy work and you do it exceptionally well.”