New Jersey’s State Teacher of the Year – Chelsea Collins

Chelsea Collins, sixth-grade English Language Arts from Salem County has been selected as the 2015-2016 State Teacher of the Year. She received the honor by David Hespe, Education Commissioner and the State Board of Education.

“I am always amazed at the energy and passion exhibited by our finalists for State Teacher of the Year,” said Commissioner Hespe.

Chelsea is serving in Woodstown-Pilesgrove School District as a teacher since 2011. She shares her ideas all over the state through engagement like a conference, workshops.

“To me, my greatest accomplishments are in inspiring students to build their lives and their futures, and in showing that hard work and diligence will open doors and give them endless and limitless opportunities,” said Chelsea.

Other than Chelsea there were still four finalists. They are Jennifer Clune, Michael Martirone, Darlene Noel, Kristine Shurina.

Jennifer Clune is special education teacher at Jeffrey Clark School in East Greenwich Township School District, Gloucester County.

Michael Martirone is a ninth-grade teacher and specialized in Social Studies at Egg Harbor Township High School in the Egg Harbor Township School District, Atlantic County.

Darlene Noel is a third-grade teacher at Green Street School in the Phillipsburg School District, Warren County.

Kristine Shurina is eighth-grade English teacher at Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School in the Bridgewater-Raritan School District, Somerset County.


Alice Moore