NJ Teachers of the Year named in Middlesex, Union counties

Mike Deak, Bridgewater Courier News

TRENTON – A girls soccer coach in Perth Amboy and a dance teacher in Linden have been named Teachers of the Year in Middlesex and Union counties.

Matt Wechter
Matt Wechter

Matthew Wechter, a teacher at Robert N. Wilentz Elementary School in Perth Amboy, received the honor for Middlesex County, while Barbara Brady, a teacher at Linden High School, was honored in Union County.

It’s the second consecutive year that a Perth Amboy teacher has won the county honor. Kristy DeFazio, a fourth-grade teacher at James J. Flynn School, won last year.

Wechter has worked with third- and fourth-grade students for the past 15 years. He was the 2011 Perth Amboy District Teacher of the Year and the 2016 Greater Middlesex Conference White Division Coach of the Year.

He is the head coach of the Perth Amboy High School girls soccer team and runs the Wilentz Warriors Bucket-Drumming Club at Robert N. Wilentz Elementary School.

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