Our ‘Teacher Who Rocks’

Matheny School teacher Stacy Lafargue has been chosen as a member of the 2016 Class of Teachers Who Rock by Greater Media radio stations WDHA 105.5FM and WMTR 1250AM in Cedar Knolls, NJ.

The Teachers Who Rock program recognizes up to 24 outstanding teachers to receive this prestigious award for their important contribution to society. An awards banquet to honor all the winners will be held on April 5 at Casa Bianca in Oak Ridge, NJ.

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Lafargue uses large moving visuals to help student Katherine Gaudio understand a lesson in a life skills class.

Teaching, Lafargue believes, “is not just about getting the final result, but about the process it takes to get there. Whether it’s choosing which color marker they want to use on their worksheet, picking their favorite snack, or answering questions on an assessment, I try to make it just a little easier for my students to exist in the world each day.” Lafargue’s story was read on the air on Friday, March 4, by WDHA Morning Jolt hosts Jim Monaghan and Kim Mulligan and WMTR Morning Team host Chris Edwards.

Our teacher who ‘rocks’

Dawn Williams with Joshua Rincon at the Peapack-Gladstone firehouse.

Dawn Williams, preschool teacher at The Matheny School, has been selected as one of the “Teachers Who Rock, Class of 2015” by radio stations WDHA 105.5 FM and WMTR 1250 AM. These Greater Media stations recognize 24 outstanding New Jersey teachers every year for their important contributions to society. Each Friday two winners are announced on the air, and their stories are read on both stations’ morning shows. Williams’ name was announced on Friday, January 9. She and the other 23 honorees will be feted at an awards banquet in April.

According to Annie Rodriguez, Greater Media New Jersey regional events coordinator, the judges loved Williams’ “creativity and willingness to have fun with her students. She really deserves the honor.” Williams believes the best teachers “are those who inspire us, who believe in us until we believe in ourselves, who push us, open up our minds, show us different worlds, help us understand, help us break barriers and truly bring out the best in us.”

Sean Murphy, Matheny School principal, says Williams is “a very patient and compassionate individual who takes each student’s unique goals, needs and interests into account every day.” Hillsborough, NJ, resident Jairo Rincon-Galeano, whose son, Joshua, is in Williams’ class, describes her as “caring and loving. We are so glad she is our son’s teacher and his caregiver. She rocks!”

Dawn Williams with student Kimberly Alarcon at the Matheny Prom.