Congratulations to Amy Anderson from Ocean City High school on her selection as the 2018 NJ State Teacher of the Year!

Anderson, an American Sign Language teacher, was selected from 21 county finalists, and announced as the statewide winner Wednesday morning in Trenton.

"I feel honored to be recognized among a group of exceptional New Jersey educators, and extremely fortunate to be working with such a supportive administration", Anderson said in a quote on the Ocean City Schools  Facebook page.

Andersen started in 2004 as a special-education teacher at Ocean City High School, before transitioning to the ASL program. Over the years, several of her students have decided to pursue careers in teaching the deaf.

We are especially proud because Amy Anderson was one of two Lite Rock Teachers of the Month, nominated by our listeners, who were selected for statewide recognition.

The teacher chosen to represent Atlantic County in the statewide contest, Kelly Montgomery, a seventh grade math teacher at Emma Attales Middle School in Absecon, was also a Lite Rock Teacher of the Month.

The State Teacher of the Year serves as a spokesperson and advocate for the teaching profession. As part of her award, Andersen will take a six-month paid sabbatical to serve as a liaison to the State Board of Education, travel the state, meet with teachers and discuss ways programs can be improved.

Amy T. Andersen will also go on to represent the State of New Jersey in the National Teacher of the Year competition, the winner of which will be announced in the spring.

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