Each year the New Jersey Council for the Social Studies honors a teacher for their commitment and dedication to our subject and to the students in his or her care. This teacher typically exemplifies all that is good with our profession and is considered by many to be a leader in their school and community. This year’s teacher is no exception. As a teacher at Pascack Hills High school she has been instrumental in forming relationships with all students both in her classes and outside of them. She is the teacher/advisor to PROJECT PATERSON, a community service club, which travels to a K-5 school in Paterson where her students assist with an after school program sponsored by the New Jersey Community Development Corporation (NJCDC). While at the school her students assist as classroom facilitators, help the students with their homework and provide guidance and support. She is also the advisor for Future Educators of America, the Pascack Hills Ethics Club, and serves on numerous district and state committees, as well as presented at several conferences on a plethora of historical and pedagogical topics. She is a strong advocate for the expansion of Dual Enrollment courses and she was instrumental in bringing a new partnership between Ramapo College and Pascack Hills for dual enrollment Psychology. She currently serves as her district’s education association as Vice President. She has served as a delegate from NJ to the NCSS House of Delegates and is a member of the NJCSS executive council.
It is with great excitement that I announce this year’s NJCSS teacher of the Year: Ms. Katie Mahaffey