MAYA KHATTAB, Contributing Writer
How does it feel to be teacher of the year?
I'm extremely honored and feel filled with gratitude that I was recognized by my colleagues. Gracious and grateful.
What advice do you have on how to become teacher of the year?
She would advise her colleagues to be willing to take chances, find humor in everyday life, and develop strong relationships with kids.
How many years have you been at this school and if so is this your first time being chosen?
I have been at North Brunswick for 15 years, but teaching for 25 years. This is my first award for Teacher of the Year.
What qualities did you showcase that you think may have led to your nomination?
I believe I continued my education and consider myself a lifelong learner. I enrolled in UCLA College's advisory and became an independent education consultant to advise students. I continue to receive PTSO grants to engage students in reading. I also bring in a lot of guest speakers to showcase their accomplishments.
Why do you think you were selected?
My co-teacher Nick Davila wrote an in-depth, heartfelt essay about accomplishments in my career and life.
What is your teaching background?
My first 10 years of teaching were in inner city Brooklyn. When I was expecting my first daughter I began teaching at North Brunswick.
What classes do you teach?
CP English 1, High Stakes Writing, and Tomorrow's Teachers.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
You should be open to new ideas and practices, attempt to find the positives in each student, be a colleague that others can count on, and never be afraid to ask for help. Make sure you laugh, and drink coffee.