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NJ Educator Named Finalist for National Teacher of the Year

Monmouth Regional High School's Esteemed Educator Recognized on National Stage

NEW JERSEY – In an announcement that has brought pride to New Jersey's educational community, Acting Education Commissioner Christopher Huber celebrated the selection of Joseph Nappi, a distinguished educator from Monmouth Regional High School, as a finalist for the 2024 National Teacher of the Year. Nappi's achievement marks a significant milestone, positioning him as one of only four educators nationwide vying for this prestigious title, and highlighting New Jersey's commitment to excellence in education.

Since New Jersey joined the National Teacher of the Year program in 1969, only on two other occasions has a teacher from the state achieved the honor of being named a national finalist by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The CCSSO's selection of Nappi not only underscores his exceptional dedication and skill as a teacher but also showcases the state's rich tradition of fostering educational leaders who make a lasting impact beyond their classrooms.

Nappi, who teaches U.S. History to sophomores and a course on the Holocaust, Genocide, and Modern Humanity to seniors, has been lauded for his innovative teaching methods and commitment to educating students on critical, complex topics. His work extends beyond traditional classroom settings, as evidenced by his blog, “Ten Concrete Tips for Teaching About the Holocaust,” which has been published by PBS. This resource serves as a testament to Nappi's dedication to making history lessons accessible, engaging, and profoundly impactful for students and educators alike.

In addition to his educational contributions, Nappi's humanitarian efforts have significantly impacted his community. He co-founded a charity that has raised over $75,000 from staff donations, directly supporting students facing financial hardships that affect their educational opportunities. This initiative reflects Nappi's holistic approach to education, emphasizing not only academic success but also the well-being and overall success of his students.

The 2024 National Teacher of the Year will be announced this spring, and the winner will embark on a year-long journey to advocate for educational issues, share best practices, and represent the voice of teachers and students across the nation. As New Jersey rallies behind Joseph Nappi, his nomination serves as a beacon of inspiration, highlighting the profound impact dedicated educators can have on their communities and the nation.

Joseph Nappi's recognition as a finalist not only honors his individual achievements but also shines a light on the quality of education and the spirit of service that defines New Jersey's schools. It stands as a reminder of the critical role teachers play in shaping the minds and futures of young people and the transformative power of education.

Joe Nappi, 2024 NTOY FINALIST from Monmouth regional HS in NJ.
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