New Jersey Announces 2021-22 County Teachers of the Year

By: Katie Francis, Follow South Jersey News Reporting Intern

TRENTON, N.J. — On Wednesday, the New Jersey Department of Education held a virtual awards ceremony announcing the 2021-22 county Teachers of the Year. The state honored one educator from each of its 21 counties, including the eight counties in South Jersey.

Elementary educator Lynne Bussott won this year’s Gloucester County’s teacher of the year award. Bussott is a second grade teacher at Governor Charles C. Stratton School in the Swedesboro Woolwich School District. Woodstown Pilesgrove Regional School District’s Julie Knight is Salem County’s teacher of the year. Knight teaches social studies at Woodstown High School. Cumberland County’s teacher of the year recipient is Samantha Johnson Boyer, a Pre-K teacher who works at C.F. Seabrook School in the Upper Deerfield Township School District.

Jim House, a science teacher at Egg Harbor Township High School, was selected as Atlantic County’s teacher of the year. Michael DeRiggi Jr. was awarded Ocean County’s teacher of the year award. DeRiggi is a fifth grade teacher at North Dover Elementary School in the Toms River Regional School District. Cape May’s teacher of the year award recipient is Lee Anne Tarr from Cape May City School District. Tarr is a kindergarten and social emotional learning teacher at the district’s elementary school.

Elsewhere, Michelle Poolaw is this year’s recipient from Burlington County. She is a mathematics support teacher at Hillside Elementary School in the Mount Laurel School District. Camden County’s teacher of the year was awarded to Sonia Chugh, an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher who works at LEAP Academy High School in Camden.

According to a press release from the New Jersey Department of Education, all 21 county Teachers of the Year will network with educators throughout the state and serve as ambassadors for Garden State public schools throughout the 2021-22 school year.

This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.