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Brick Teacher Honored by Legislators

Ceremony held Friday

Local state legislators presented a Veterans Memorial Elementary School teacher with the "Excellence in Education" awarded at a ceremony Friday.

Shawn Trautweiler, a township resident and a first grade teacher at the school, was the award recipient.

"Mrs. Trautweiler stands as a symbol of excellence in teaching and is a model for those who teach or desire to make a difference in our children's present and future," said Senator James Holzapfel. "She brings her creativity, passion and knowledge to the classroom each day which resonates with the children and encourages learning. It is an honor to present the Thirteenth Annual Excellence in Education Award to such an outstanding educator."

The state's 10th district legislators present the award to one local teacher each year "who best exemplifies commitment and dedication to classroom teaching."

Trautweiler, a graduate of Montclair State University who has worked at VMES since 1999, won the award because of her "excellent classroom management, experience with special needs children and innovative teaching strategy has created a positive environment for elementary learners," the legislators said in a statement Friday.

Trautweiler was also credited with volunteering her time to support a number of the school's programs.

"Mrs. Trautweiler has proven to be one of the most effective and innovative teachers by going above and beyond the expected teaching requirements," said Assemblyman David Wolfe.

Assemblyman Gregory McGuckin said Trautweiler "serves as an ambassador for all excellent teachers in the state."

Richard Lau October 27, 2012 at 10:43 AM
Congratulations to an amazing teacher! We are truly blessed in Brick to have many fabulous educators who are so dedicated to our children. It is wonderful to have our local legistalors recognize Mrs.Trautweiler.
Ellen Donohue McNellis October 27, 2012 at 10:59 AM
Well deserved recognition of an amazing teacher! Mrs. Trautweiler makes a difference in the lives of her students. Her students will always have great memories of a wonderful teacher.
Robin Messemer October 27, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Congratulations Shawn!! It was so nice to read about your award and to know how amazing you are as an educator! Teachers make a difference!
David Fischer October 27, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Congratulations to Mrs. Trautweiler! She is a shinning example of the excellent educators we have in the Brick School system!
Marti Schmidt October 27, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Way to go Shawn! Your family must be so proud and you students are very lucky to have such a wonderful teacher!

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