Hillsborough BOE Recognizes Teachers of the Year
School board honors teachers from each school.
The end of the school year is a time to celebrate and honor achievement. That’s what the Board of Education did at its meeting Monday night.
"This is one of my favorite meetings of the year,” Superintendent of Schools Jorden Schiff said as he helped to introduce the district’s teachers of the year.
Top among those honored was Hillsborough High School Spanish teacher Cynthia Sobreyra who not only was named the district’s teacher of the year, but Somerset County’s teacher of the year.
She is now eligible to be New Jersey’s teacher of the year.
“People do not realize she is not a native speaker of Spanish,” high school principal Karen Bingert said.
"She is a true professional,” Bingert added. “Hillsborough High School is lucky to call her our own.”
Sobreyra, who has taught at the high school for 14 years, was nominated for the school district's honor by two teachers and an entire class, Bingert said.
"She challenges her students to read, write and speak in Spanish every day,” the principal said.
The other teachers honored at their schools as teachers of the year were:
- Liv Bowring, K-4 writing teacher, Amsterdam Elementary School
- Kate Mahr, K-2 special education teacher, Hillsborough Elementary School
- Renée Meyers, third grade teacher, Triangle Elementary School
- Lisa Friel, transitional primary (TP) teacher, Sunnymead Elementary School
- Victoria Freiman, second grade teacher, Woodfern Elementary School
- Alyssa Green, fourth grade teacher, Woods Road Elementary School
- Susan Herndon, sixth grade reading teacher, Auten Road Intermediate School
- Robert R. Gill, eighth grade science teacher, Hillsborough Middle School
The school district also honored staff members who are retiring. Schiff said the staffers had more than 500 years of experience in the district.
"That is nothing less than remarkable,” he said.