Monmouth University-William Roberts Charitable Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award 2010

West Long Branch, NJ - Monmouth University honored three outstanding New Jersey secondary school teachers at a dinner on May 13, 2010 hosted by President Paul G. Gaffney II. The Monmouth University-Roberts Charitable Foundation Outstanding School Teacher Award recipients were Ileana Larrauri, Ocean Township High School (Ocean, NJ);;Jean L. Malinowski, Wallkill Valley Regional High School (Hamburg, NJ); and Patrick J. McGann III, Christian Brothers Academy (Lincroft, NJ).

Monmouth U student Michael McGivney and CBA teacher Patrick McGann III

The Monmouth University-Roberts Charitable Foundation Award was instituted in 2006 by life trustee, William Roberts to recognize outstanding secondary school teachers who made an important contribution to the education of current Monmouth University students. Each teacher was nominated by a Monmouth University senior student for their outstanding teaching proficiencies and dedication to education. The selection committee included the Dean of the School of Education Lynn Romeo and Monmouth University professors and students.  The teachers received an award of $1500 and was recognized at Monmouth University’s commencement on May 20, 2010.

Ileana Larrauri has been a Spanish teacher for 25 years and has taught at Ocean Township High School since 2001.  She teaches Advanced College Prep and Advanced Placement Spanish and serves as the facilitator of the Spanish Club.  She was nominated by her former student Paul Mahajan who stated: “Senora Larrauri was one of the few teachers in my high school education that truly gave me a better perspective on the real world.  She may have only been my Spanish teacher, but the knowledge she endowed upon me was priceless when it came to dealing with many of the obstacles I have faced in life.  She helped me become who I am today and there is no greater gift in life than realizing one’s abilities.”  Ms. Larrauri lives in Shrewsbury, NJ.

Jean L. Malinowski has been a Mathematics teacher at Wallkill Valley Regional High School for ten years and was nominated as the Teacher of the Year in 2006.  In addition to her teaching duties, she is the advisor to the National Honor Society at the school and is involved in home instruction for students.  She was nominated by her former student Diane Washer who stated: “Ms. Malinowski possesses many qualities that make her one of the best teachers that I have ever encountered.  She has a love and passion for teaching.  She created a positive learning environment and set her expectations high for every student.  Due to her undeniable impact on my life, I am pursuing a career in education.”  Ms. Malinowski lives in Sparta, NJ.

Since 1991, Patrick J. McGann III has been teaching United States History at Christian Brothers Academy since 1991.  Among the most popular teachers at Christian Brothers Academy, Mr. McGann is a master raconteur who unfolds history as an engaging chronicle.  He graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in 1971 and is currently the alumni coordinator.    He was nominated by his former student Michael J. McGivney who stated: “Mr. McGann is the person who made me consider becoming a teacher, a history teacher especially.  I enjoyed the different ways that he would correlate history to things going on in the word. He cared about the growth of each one of his students, and every so often would have serious talks about the future, something we would call life talks. So, not only was he able to open my mind educationally to history, he was also able to make me realize what I wanted to do with my life.”  Mr. McGann, who attended Monmouth University for teacher certification, lives in Point Pleasant, NJ.