What Makes a Great Teacher
Sunday, May 12, 2013 • 8:00am
My favorite teacher growing up in Livingston was probably my first, Miss Lyons at Burnet Hill School. She had a knack for making applesauce and letting us take naps. Is that what made her a great teacher? Naps are pretty nice. But other things also spring to mind about all great teachers: Love of learning; desire to make a difference in the lives of young people; professionals who educate, advise, nurture, create, listen, and comfort.
And that’s the short list.
Gestures of thanks officially honored Livingston’s teaching staff during Teacher Appreciation Week, welcomed breaks from the No. 2 pencils and test booklets in these weeks of standardized testing. Superintendent Dr. Brad Draeger praised the district as a “lighthouse for excellence and best practice" for public schools in our nation.
Livingston’s next Superintendent will inherit a school district of distinction, one earned through the quality and dedication of the staff when Dr. Draeger retires at the end of July.
School leaders, teachers, staff, and members of the community have participated in the search for the District’s next Superintendent, beginning with surveys, and small group and community-wide forums.
“The community asked us for a strong educational leader, a collaborative decision maker, and a consensus builder who is prepared to make a commitment to the District and provide stability in leadership,” Livingston Board of Education President Ronnie Spring said in a statement of behalf of the full board.
They believe they have found that in the leading candidate, Dr. John Alfieri.
Dr. Alferi is currently the Superintendent of Schools for the Vernon Township school district in New Jersey. On Tuesday, May 7, he informally met with members of the administration, staff and students while the Livingston BOE continues its due diligence.
Colleagues describe Dr. Alfieri as an intelligent, collaborative educational leader who manages with integrity, sets student centered priorities, and brings quality education, high rigor, and high performance wherever he goes. Dr. Alfieri has served as Superintendent in Vernon since July 2009. Prior to his current position, Dr. Alfieri served as Superintendent of Schools in Clinton, NJ. His other administrative positions have included Principal at Deerfield Elementary School in Millburn and Principal at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School in West Orange.
IN OUR SCHOOLS
Kindergarten Makes Way for Ducklings: Students are ‘egg-cited’ about science with lessons on hatching and caring for their newborn ducks. (Click here for an adorable slide show of photos).
District of Academic Distinctions: Students are honored for their achievements in the arts and sciences.
LHS: One of America’s Best High Schools. Livingston High School ranks among the leaders who make the grade.
'Murder' in the Field House! CSI: Fictional crime scenes take a page from tabloid fodder.
Subscription Busing Lottery: Subscription Busing is available on a lottery basis for students who are not eligible for free busing. An application is now available for the lottery. Learn more by clicking here.
Parenting the Online Child: This LPS special workshop will educate parents on how to create a safe environment for the online world of our tech-savvy children, 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 29, at Heritage Middle School. Learn more by clicking here.
Lancers on Parade, 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at LHS. This popular event features food from more than 40 restaurants and fashions modeled by LHS seniors involved in the sports program. Tickets are $10 at the door and all proceeds fund the Lancers scholarship fund.
LACD Spring Party: The Livingston Advisory Committee for Disabilities will hold its annual spring party for people with special needs and their families. The party is free, noon-2 p.m. on Saturday May 18 at the Livingston Senior and Community Center, 204 Hillside Ave. Please join us for food, beverages, arts & crafts and dancing. RSVP to Alan Karpas at 973-992-6411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by May 11.
Youth Appreciation Week celebrates Livingston’s youth and recognizes their achievements and contributions to our community. For a schedule of events, click here.