ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - G. Thomas Elliott (right), long-time musical director at Henry Hudson Regional School, Highlands, listens as William Hammill, worshipful master of Monmouth Lodge No. 172 F&AM, reads a plaque awarded Elliott naming him Educator of the Year during an awards ceremony Friday, April 23 at the Masonic lodge in Atlantic Highlands.   PHOTOS BY LOUISE I. DONOGHUE

Patricia Elliott, a Hudson art teacher, and her husband listen as speakers praise him for his work with children and in the community at the ceremony. Among the speakers praising Elliott were lodge and Eastern Star members, Highlands Mayor Anna Little, former Atlantic Highlands Mayor Peter E. Donoghue and Richard "Slim" Faller, head of the lodge's search committee. The Elliotts recently celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary.