Perth Amboy elementary teacher Lauren Marrocco recognized for 2012-13

EDISON…Collaborating with colleagues and creating a family atmosphere in the classroom have been keys for 2012-13 New Jersey Teacher of the Year Lauren Marrocco, a Perth Amboy elementary school teacher. Each day in her fourth-grade classroom starts with a morning meeting where students interact, shake hands and learn to make eye contact, then share about their home lives to work through any problems. “My goal is to creates a safe, secure environment for learning,” said Marrocco.

“Having a focus on character-building has made a huge impact on how my students relate to me and one another,” said Marrocco, who got the idea for morning meeting from a colleague’s professor. Marrocco embraced the concept and found it helped build healthy relationships. “Unless you make a personal connection with each and every child in the classroom, the desire to learn won’t be as intense because students respond to relationships that are meaningful for them,” said Marrocco.


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