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Teacher of the Year

2019

  • Mrs. Naomi O'Rourke

    Mrs. O’Rourke has been a part of the Winslow Township School family for 14 years. She has taught 1st grade for 3 years and Kindergarten for 6 years. Mrs. O’Rourke earned a degree in Early Childhood Education from Harford Community College in Maryland and worked as Teachers Assistant in Winslow while she earned her Bachelor’s degree from Richard Stockton College. Mrs. O’Rourke currently serves as a Kindergarten teacher here at School 3 which is the springboard for developing and fostering students as lifelong learners as well as transitioning into modern day society. She is the ultimate team player and collaborates with her colleagues by inviting them into her classroom to observe and support them through academic or classroom challenges.
    It is an honor to recognize a gifted, dedicated and compassionate educator. It is without reservation that I am able to speak to Mrs. O’Rourke’s steadfast dedication to providing a real world, hands-on learning experience for her students. She enthusiastically serves the Winslow School #3 Mentor Program by offering designated students an enhanced academic and social experience that provides a foundation for continued investment in their own education. Mrs. O’Rourke is always willing to assist others by sharing ideas, strategies, and techniques that help enhance instruction, increase student achievement, and staff morale. She believes that all children can and will learn. She displays a passion for teaching and learning that undeniable. She utilizes instructional strategies and differentiated instruction to address the diverse learning styles of her students. She embraces her student population and makes the needed accommodations to assure that all her students are successful.
    I have been afforded the opportunity to observe her interaction with students and parents. She is caring, consistent and competent. Mrs. O’Rourke’s remembers being influenced to be an educator most by her 4th grade teacher and hopes to spark that same level of love for learning in as many students as she can. Mrs. O’Rourke is relentless when it comes to her students and their academic, social and emotional well-being. She will go beyond the call of duty to assure her students are equipped with needed tools for success.
    Mrs. O’Rourke works well with others and always displays a professional and cooperative attitude with a smile. She plans after hour “Happy Healthy Teacher” events for the staff, has been a coordinator for the F.A.S.T. Committee for 3 years, and also serves on the School Leadership Committee at Winslow Twp. School No. 3. In addition to being a long time Winslow Township resident, she is an excellent educator, and dedicated wife and mother. Mrs. O’Rourke is truly an asset to the staff, students, and administration of Winslow Twp. School No. 3.