Ms. Jerome Honored by NJ Council for the Social Studies

Ms. Jerome Honored by NJ Council for the Social Studies
Photo: Leah Jerome (left) after winning NJCSS Secondary Teacher of the Year AwardIt is with great excitement and pride that we announce this year’s New Jersey Council for the Social Studies Secondary Teacher of the Year awardee, Ms. Leah Jerome.

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, community and the state. The 2018-19 teacher of the year is no exception. As a teacher at Pascack Valley High School she has been instrumental in forming relationships with all students both in her classes and outside of them. According to Mr. Joseph Orlak, District Supervisor of Social Studies and President of the New Jersey Council for the Social Studies, “Leah is a leader and truly the very best we have to offer our kids. She is positive, to the point of being infectious! No one can doubt her dedication and commitment to PV. Our kids are blessed to have her!”

Photo: Mr. Joseph Orlak (left) and Ms. Leah Jerome (right)
Photo: Mr. Joseph Orlak (left) with award winning teacher Ms. Leah Jerome

Her skills go way beyond the classroom at Pascack Valley high school. Like all great social studies educators, her time is spent not just “covering the curriculum, but helping to expand the minds and mindsets of all the students. She is the teacher/advisor to One Spirit, a community service club, which travels to the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. While there, PV students work and mentor American Indian students as part of the Cheyenne River Youth Project. The Cheyenne River Youth Project, founded in 1988, is a grassroots, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing the youth of the Cheyenne River reservation with access to a vibrant and secure future through a wide variety of culturally sensitive and enduring programs, projects and facilities that ensure strong, self-sufficient families and communities. Ms. Jerome has fostered our relationship with the Lakota on the reservation and has made this service project a wonderful example of students from our district connecting with others well outside our community.

Ms. Jerome, a James Madison Fellow, has served as the Asian Culture Club advisor, Class advisor, National History Day advisor, and mentor and coach to many of our students. She has a successful record as an AP teacher in both US and World History.

Congratulations to Ms. Jerome on your continued success!
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