Woodstown Middle School teacher Chelsea Collins has been named the New Jersey 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year.
Below is the press release from the NJEA’s website.
Woodstown – Chelsea Collins, a sixth-grade language arts teacher at Woodstown Middle School in the Woodstown-Pilesgrove School District, has been named the 2015-16 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year.
Collins, who was named the 2015-16 Salem County Teacher of the Year, is in her fourth year teaching at Woodstown Middle School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in advertising and public relations with minors in English, Business, and International Studies at Penn State University in 2008. She holds a Master of Arts degree in teaching from The College of New Jersey where she received the Graduate Student Researcher Award in 2011.
At Woodstown Middle School, Collins coaches the field hockey team, is a co-advisor for the Pawprints Yearbook, advises the STAND program, and is the sixth grade team leader. In 2013, she received the Acme Teacher of the Month award.
Collins and her husband, Sean, a teacher in Pittsgrove Township and an award-winning basketball coach for the Paulsboro boys’ championship basketball team, recently welcomed their first child, a daughter named Ireland.
Collins will be a featured speaker at the 2015 NJEA Convention. She will be speaking at the Celebration of Excellence on Friday, Nov. 6 at 1:30 p.m. in the Convention Center, Hall A.
As the New Jersey Teacher of the Year, Collins will have a six-month sabbatical to tour the state and work with the New Jersey Department of Education, courtesy of program sponsor ETS. ETS also provides a new laptop computer. SMART Technologies will provide the State Teacher of the Year, as well as the four finalists, with the SMART Classroom Technology Package, which includes hardware and software.
NJEA will provide Collins with a rental car, equipped with EZ Pass, to help her travel to speaking engagements and meetings across the state. NJEA also will provide complimentary access to all major NJEA workshops and training opportunities, a $500 clothing allowance, media training and communications support, and funding for a trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with the other state teachers of the year and President Barack Obama.