Reutter School Teacher of the Year!

Miss Jami Centrella named Teacher of the Year for Reutter School!
Posted on 12/20/2019
Jami Centrella, ELA teacher

Miss Jami Centrella, Reutter ELA teacher has been named Reutter School Teacher of the Year! Miss Centrella has demonstrated herself as a highly effective educator teaching sixth grade English Language Arts at the Caroline L. Reutter School for the past seven years.  As an honors graduate from Rider University, Miss Centrella entered our school shortly after being declared as the state “Student Teacher of the Year”. Within her position as an English Language Arts Teacher, Miss Centrella has motivated a vast array of learners with her intriguing lessons and pedagogical methods.

Most noted by her colleagues are Miss Centrella’s dedication as an educator and her intrinsic belief that ALL students can succeed in her class and their learning to read and write.  Miss Centrella is credited for infusing “Book Club Novels” where she encourages students to select books of their common interest while promoting student facilitated discussions to reinforce higher level metacognitive thinking for her students.  Often, Miss Centrella researches curriculum strategies and strives to craft lessons to reach and inspire each and every student, such as creating individualized activities based on interest and academic levels. She also utilizes feedback to refine lessons all while understanding the various needs of her students in her class sections to challenge both the exceptional student as well as the one that might be struggling with their learning.  As a reflective practitioner and professional at her craft, Miss Centrella is often speaking with administration and colleagues about a new research-based practice that she recently read from a just-released book, participating in an online discussion forum, or leading a professional learning session.

One of Miss Centrella’s colleagues commented that she “has a very authentic, positive rapport with her students.  She makes sure each and every one of them knows how much she values their education…” “There is no question that she has the respect and admiration of those around her.  Her spirit is infectious! She is the first to offer a helping hand or even a smile to cheer someone up whether it is a fellow teacher or a student. She takes to heart each and every student’s success or failure.”

Miss Centrella demonstrates sound leadership skills by serving as the facilitator for her professional learning community and a representative on the District Leadership Committee.  She is also actively involved in various school-wide committees that contribute to positive and productive school climate. School Principal, Mr. Theodore Peters commented that “Miss Centrella demonstrates the qualities that truly define the role of a “teacher leader” through her development of productive meetings with colleagues, infusion of unique collaboration methods, and continuous motivation to strive for success in everything that she attempts. She is not just an asset to our school, but also the district through her demonstration of commitment to the profession, intellectual engagement of her students, and the high standards that she has set for all educators that she encounters.”

As one of Miss Centrella’s fellow departmental colleagues stated, “Miss Centrella is a role model who exemplifies all that is great about our profession”.