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Princeton to honor secondary school teachers, June 4

Princeton University will honor four outstanding New Jersey secondary school teachers at its 2002 Commencement June 4.

This year's honorees are: Helen Aslanides of Ridgewood High School, Ridgewood; Helen Bryce of Lakewood High School, Lakewood; Anne McCormick of Jackson Memorial High School, Jackson; and James Quinlan of Vernon Township High School, Vernon.

"In an era when there are so many concerns regarding the quality of our nation's schools, it's refreshing to be able to see firsthand the extraordinary competence of many of our state's classroom teachers," said John Webb, director of Princeton's Program in Teacher Preparation, which administers the awards. "The four teachers we selected from a pool of 94 exceptional nominees represent the finest that our schools have to offer."

Each teacher will receive $5,000 as well as $2,500 for his or her school library.

The four teachers were selected after an intensive review process which began in October when the principals of every public, private and parochial secondary school in the state were invited to submit a nomination with supporting information from colleagues, students and the nominated teachers.

A selection committee consisting of Webb, Dean of the College Nancy Malkiel, two Princeton professors and two external education professionals chose about a dozen finalists, and an observer visited each finalist at work.

Princeton has honored secondary school teachers since 1959. The University received an anonymous gift from an alumnus to establish the program.

Read the news release for more information about the honorees.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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