The New Jersey Education Association is proud of the work our members do to make our public schools, and our communities, stronger for every child. That’s why the NJEA is a proud sponsor of the Teachers Who Make Magic Class of 2022 and is presenting the Community Spotlight Award.

The Community Spotlight Award recognizes outstanding Central Jersey Teachers, who shine in the classrooms, and in serving their communities.

NJEA is Proud to present the 2022 Community Spotlight Award to:


First Grade Teacher
4 years Teaching at Van Derveer Elementary School- Somerville, NJ

Nominated by: Patricia Helwig, Co-Teacher

Step into her classroom and you find an outstanding teacher who creates a magical learning environment for her students.  Samantha spends countless hours devoted to her students and school community.  She effortlessly makes learning FUN!

Samantha’s creativity transforms her classroom to become a unique learning environment. She has turned her classroom in a camping adventure, ice cream shop and a football game that are all linked to the learning standards.  Samantha believes in continually educating herself with attending professional development and reading professional literature to become a better teacher for her students.

Samantha whole heartly volunteers for various committees within our school community.  She an active member of the Cultural Awareness Committee, District Equity Team, VDV Sunfish (fostering staff happiness), literacy events and Girls on the Run. Samantha also serves on our school IR&S committee. Last year Sam created a video on Recycling for the VELA – VDV Evening Learning Academy and this year she helped create videos for teachers to view and led an after school session on effective American Reading Company small groups.  She participates each year at the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics.


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