ARIS Teacher of the Year

ARIS Teacher of the Year
Posted on 02/12/2020

ARIS Teacher of the Year - 2020


Ms. Sylvia Scozzari (Physical Education)


Education

B.S. - Health/Physical Education (The College of New Jersey)

M.A. - Art of Teaching (Mary Grove College)

M.A. - Educational Leadership (The College of New Jersey) 


Background

Ms. Scozzari is currently in her 28th year of teaching, 26 of those years have been with Hillsborough Public Schools. When Ms. Scozzari joined Hillsborough, she worked for several years in many of the district’s elementary schools. Ms. Scozzari has been with Auten Road since its inception in 1999 as a K-5 elementary school, and was also here in 2002, when it opened as an intermediate school. Over the last 18 years, Ms. Scozzari has served as the school’s head representative for the Hillsborough Education Association and has served with the negotiations team, as well as on the Pride and Action Team committees. For the last 10 years Ms. Scozzari has served as one of the co-advisors to Auten Road’s Student Council where a core mission of the council has been to organize local food drives and toy drives during the holidays. Ms. Scozzari is also an advisor for our Team Sports and Games club as well as our grade 5 iRun club. For many years, Ms. Scozzari also served as a varsity tennis coach and JV softball coach in the district.  


In addition to her efforts to support the students and staff at ARIS, Ms. Scozzari also has led efforts to involve the students in long-time charity program called Hoops for Heart, a program supported by the American Heart Association. ARIS is so proud to announce that through Ms. Scozzari’s efforts, ARIS has raised over $200,000 for the American Heart Association! 


Ms. Scozzari regularly gives back to the Hillsborough community by keeping an eye out for struggling students and families. She looks out for students who may have difficulty attending a field trip, who may need school supplies, or even food and gifts during the holidays. This mentality is also evident as Ms. Scozzari has served as a mentor to many teachers in the district over the years and she continues to serve as a student mentor. She has found time to support her local community where she resides by serving as a member of their Board of Education.


For her commitment to support the well-being of the students and staff at ARIS, her unparalleled personality to influence change, and for her commitment to make ARIS the very best place it can be, ARIS is proud to recognize Ms. Scozzari as our Teacher of the Year for 2020.


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