Michelle Poolaw, a basic skills math and compacted math teacher for grades 1-4 at Hillside Elementary School in the Mount Laurel School District. County Teachers of the Year are encouraged to apply for the New Jersey State Teacher of the Year recognition. The New Jersey Teacher of the Year Program and the Governor’s Teacher/Educational Services Professionals Recognition Program have been integrated into the Governor’s Educator of the Year Program. This updated program highlights educational innovation, student achievement, the rewards of teaching, and important services outside the classroom environment that lead to student success. The educator chosen for this recognition is named at the New Jersey State Board of Education meeting in October. Go to njea.org to view Michelle’s video along with the other county teachers of the year.