Of the 21 teachers selected as finalists for the Governor’s Teacher of the Year award, two were Lite Rock Teachers of the Month winners during the 2016-2017 school year.

The state Teacher of the Year will be selected from finalists from each of New Jersey’s 21 counties, the state Department of Education announced Tuesday. Kelly Montgomery from Attales Middle School in Absecon was chosen for Atlantic County and Amy Anderson from Ocean City High School represents Cape May County.

The state winner will be announced in October.

Kelly Montgomery, who teaches seventh grade math at Emma Attales Middle School in Absecon, was Lite Rock's teacher of the Month for February. She was nominated by her student Cadence Fitzgerald, for making sure the math lesson is understood by all and for her commitment and passion for her students.

Amy Anderson teaches American Sign Language at Ocean City High School. She was the Lite Rock Teacher of the Month in March, nominated by student Jenna Oliver.

The selection of these wonderful South Jersey teachers as finalists for a state award is cause for celebration for their schools, their communities and themselves.

Their choices also shows the importance and the accuracy of the nominations submitted by our listeners for the Lite Rock Teacher of the Month.

Please keep telling us about South Jersey's best teachers and we will continue to spotlight them as Lite Rock Teachers of the Month. Submissions for 2017-2018 school year begin soon.

Congratulations and good luck to Kelly and Amy!

Here is a video we recorded with Amy Anderson and her class at Ocean City High School performing a song in sign language...