The New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NJAHPERD) is pleased to announce that Deborah Strano received the Driver Education Teacher of the Year Award at the NJAHPERD Awards Banquet on February 21st, 2016, at the Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch, NJ. This award recognizes teachers that conduct high quality driver education programs as reflected in NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards. Such special teachers utilize driver education content specific programs to enhance community safe driving behaviors. In addition, they apply various teaching methodologies and plan innovative learning experiences to meet the needs of all students. They serve as positive role models for school and community encouraging and sharing safe driving behaviors and laws. As exemplary teachers, seeking to further their education, they regularly participate in professional development opportunities and provide service to the profession through leadership, presentations and/or writing.
Ms. Strano is the first teacher in the history of the state of New Jersey to receive this specific award. Ms. Strano emotionally shared words of wisdom in her award acceptance speech. She said, “Always follow your dreams. Never be discouraged. Most importantly, ALWAYS PLACE YOUR STUDENTS FIRST!”