HADDONFIELD, N.J. — The New Jersey Department of Education has announced that Kimberly Dickstein, a high school English teacher from Haddonfield Memorial High School, has been named the 2019-2020 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year.
Dickstein has been teaching at Haddonfield Memorial High School for the last 11 years and advises the high school’s Model United Nations, Stand With Camden group, and the Shakespare Troupe. Last year, her students competed on the national stage at the English Speaking Union’s National Shakespeare Competition.
“I have always felt the call to public service, and I can think of no better way to serve than in the classroom,” Kimberly said in a press release. “Being named New Jersey State Teacher of the Year is not only a great honor, but also a call to action. It is my hope to share this platform with as many educators as possible so that we can celebrate and recognize the great work happening in classrooms across the state.”
Lawrence J. Mussoline the superintendent of the Haddonfield School District praises Dickstein’s ability to give students a deeper understanding of the world.
“You could not have chosen a finer, more deserving educator for this award than Kimberly Dickstein,” Mussoline said in a press release. “Kimberly has one speed: 100 m.p.h. She instills confidence in her students every day. She delves deeper than most into inquiry, and in the case of caring about and raising money for a former child soldier in Sudan, she brings content to life for her students. We are lucky to have her on staff and New Jersey is lucky to her as the 2019-20 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year.”
It has been quite the week! The most recent test would be getting married only 4 days before the State Board of Education meeting — I happily accept both charges as New Jersey State Teacher of the Year & wife! #kimgetsherphil #njstoy2020 Follow this journey on instagram: njstoy pic.twitter.com/X8xR7rt4YL— Kimberly Dickstein Hughes (@msdickstein) October 3, 2019
She was named by South Jersey Magazine in 2017 as a South Jersey SuperWoman; Camden County awarded her the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Medal in 2019; and in 2019 was recognized as a Princeton University Distinguished Secondary School Teacher.
Governor Phil Murphy applauds Dickstein’s work and dedication to her students.
“Teachers play a critical part in enriching the lives of New Jersey’s future leaders,” Murphy said in a press release. “I applaud Kimberly for her dedication and commitment to prepare our students with the tools and support they need in order to succeed, not just in the classroom, but in the real world.”