Orchard Valley Middle School Teacher Named 2015 Exemplary Secondary Educator

SEWELL – The New Jersey Department of Education named an Orchard Valley Middle School Drama and English Teacher a 2015 Exemplary Secondary Educator on Tuesday, November 3rd.
Amy Leso was one of several educators across the state who was praised for her exceptional instructional practices and student learning results in and beyond the classroom. Leso, who holds an education degree from Glassboro State College, has been a teacher for 19 years, 14 of which were spent with Washington Township. In addition to Leso’s degree, she holds certificates in elementary education and speech as well as arts and dramatics.
“It would be difficult to calculate Amy Leso’s impact not only on Orchard Valley Middle School, but on her own community,” said Principal Dr. Steve Gregor, who nominated Leso for the distinction. “The litany of dramatic production, service projects, and community events she has directed through the years is impressive.  I would like to focus on her impact on one child, however.  Through her tutelage in drama class and Drama Club, one young man has become so inspired that he has auditioned for and has been chosen to star in the pilot for a new television program.  Untold others, no doubt, have been equally influenced.”
For more information about Orchard Valley Middle School, visit their website at http://www.wtps.org/orchardvalley.

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