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Lawrence Middle School Teacher One of Four in New Jersey Honored at Princeton University Commencement

Petrina Plunkett, Lawrence Middle School language arts teacher and literacy coach, is one of four outstanding secondary school teachers in the State of New Jersey to receive the Princeton Prize for Distinguished Secondary School Teaching. She was recognized and honored at Princeton University's Commencement on June 4, 2019. The four recipients each will receive $5,000 as well as $3,000 for their school libraries.
Distinguished teachers are selected from a large pool of nominations from around the state. Ten potential candidates are deemed finalists. The selection process is extensive and involves a site visit to the teacher's classroom. All finalists "demonstrate a remarkable ability to profoundly influence the lives of their students."
The multidisciplinary team from Princeton University considers recommendations from colleagues and students along with the accomplishments of the teacher in the school and community.
Students who have Ms. Plunkett all agree that "Ms. Plunkett always found creative and interactive ways to get students interested in her classes...always found ways to relate our lessons to real-world issues and experiences...she treats us like we are her very own children, encouraging us to try new things and branch out, in and out of the classroom."

To learn more about this honor and Ms. Plunkett, click here.


Princeton University president Christopher L. Eisgruber (center) congratulates four outstanding New Jersey secondary school t