Theresa Berrios
By Justin Zaremba, NJ Advance Media for 

It’s time for New Jersey’s 1.4 million students to head back to school — and what better way to welcome them back than to recognize teachers who have worked tirelessly for their students.

Donna M. Chiera, president of the American Federation of Teachers New Jersey and a retired special education teacher from Perth Amboy, said truly great teachers possess several key traits.

“A great teacher should have mastery of their subject matter so they know the content they are teaching and a commitment to lifelong learning so they continue to grow professionally combined with an understanding of childhood and adolescent development,” Chiera said. “These traits contribute to the ability to inspire and encourage the next generation of students to become healthy engaged citizens and future leaders.”

Theresa Berrios

Theresa Berrios, a special education teacher at Perth Amboy High School, won the Outstanding Special Education Teacher Award from the National Association of Special Education Teachers for 2015-16. The NASET award goes to special education teachers and inclusion classroom teachers who have been nominated by their respective schools, district administrators, colleagues or parents of students.


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