Hopatcong teacher to receive teacher of the year award

Kovach will be honored at Philadelphia ceremony


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— Danielle Kovach, a third-grade special education teacher at Tulsa Trail Elementary School, has been selected to receive the 2014 Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year Award from The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the world’s largest special education membership organization.

The Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year Award, which will be presented at CEC’s 2014 Convention and Expo on April 9, in Philadelphia, recognizes an outstanding teacher of children with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. The award honors a CEC member whose work reflects significant educational success for students, continued professional development, and the highest standard of educational quality.

Kovach, who was named the 2011 New Jersey Teacher of the Year, has been a special education teacher at Tulsa Trail Elementary School since 1997. She is a lifelong learner, having earned two master’s degrees, including one in educational technology, and she regularly attends workshops and webinars to stay current on the latest research to guide her instructional strategies.

Her students benefit from her dedication, nominators said in a news release, because while Kovach doesn’t expect perfection, she promotes success. Using a multisensory approach to learning, combined with technology and innovative teaching methods, Kovach facilitates her students’ success to find what works best for each individual student, the release states.

A believer in hands-on learning for her students, Kovach does not let budget cutbacks impact her students’ instruction and she has earned around $80,000 in grants for her class and school that have been used for a classroom cooking project, a school store, participation in science fairs and access to technology.

Kovach will be recognized during the CEC 2014 Convention and Expo’s Opening General Session, the largest annual gathering of members of the field of special education, April 9, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

For more information visit www.cec.sped.org/convention.




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