"THE BIGGEST WINNERS ARE THE KIDS,"

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Said one principal when nine Livingston teachers, one for each school, were commended as Teachers of the Year from their respective schools. Each principal spoke briefl y about his or her honoree at the March 9 Board of Education meeting. Shown standing are Barbara Lombardo, Riker Hill media specialist ("she wears many hats"); Nancy Ciminnisi, Livingston High School music teacher ("upholds the district's excellent string program"); Cynthia Williams, Mt. Pleasant Elementary reading specialist ("helps the most vulnerable readers"); Laurie Bisconti, Heritage social studies teacher ("students hang on her every word"); Dorian Gemellaro, Burnet Hill fi fth grade teacher ("inspirational, inventive, a real 'gem' "); and Janine DeMarsico, Harrison Elementary special education teacher ("her children know they can do it"). Seated are Ginny (virginia) Ackerman, Collins ESL teacher ("so welcoming to new families"); Nancy Babey, Mt. Pleasant Middle art teacher ("student-focused and innovative"); and Jennifer Meglio, Hillside basic skills instructor ("excellent instructor and right hand"). Selected by a committee in each school, the teachers' years of service ranged from seven up to 36. One honoree, Ackerman, will retire at the end of the current school year.

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