Sara Zambelli (3rd from left), a recent graduate of Caldwell University, received a New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award. Pictured with her left to right are: Dr. Edith Ries, Professor in the Education Division, Caldwell University; Dr. Joan Moriarty, Associate Dean of Education, Caldwell University; Sara; and Sondra Mermelstein, Sara’s cooperating teacher at Redwood Elementary School in West Orange. Photo by: Mike Schwartz
Two Other Outstanding Education Students Are Nominees
Caldwell, N.J., June 26, 2015– Caldwell University recent graduate Sara Zambelli is a recipient of a New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award from the New Jersey Department of Education and the New Jersey Association of Colleges for Teacher Preparation.
Sara Zambelli, a recent graduate of Caldwell University, received a New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award. She is pictured here with Mark Mautone, NJ State Teacher of the Year and analum of the Caldwell University graduate program in applied behavior analysis. Mautone spoke at the awards. Photo by: Mike Schwartz
Zambelli, a resident of West Milford, New Jersey, did her student teaching in the 4th grade at Redwood Elementary School in West Orange and was thrilled with the experience. “I believe teaching is the most important job in the world. It creates all other professions,” she said. Zambelli received her bachelor’s in Elementary Education and English from Caldwell in May.
Two other outstanding education students from Caldwell University— Karen Kucharski and Gianna Veniero —were nominated for the student teacher award and received certificates. All three students were honored at a NJ Department of Education ceremony on June 24.
Dr. Joan Moriarty, associate dean of education at Caldwell, says the Education Division applauds Sara’s hard work and efforts. The Education Division is honored that students from their program have received this award two years in a row. Melissa Brady ’14 received the honor last year. “What a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the faculty and students,” said Moriarty.
Zambelli said she is grateful to her cooperating teacher, Sondra Mermelstein at Redwood, and Redwood’s principal, Mrs. Kivlon, for their tremendous support throughout this year.