Syed '10 Recognized With Teaching Award

This week, the New Jersey State Department of Education recognized Middle School science teacher Noreen Syed '10 for her excellence in the classroom. Syed was one of 15 to receive a Distinguished Clinical Intern Award, which is conferred annually on the top students in graduate educator preparation programs in New Jersey's colleges and universities.

At Gill, Syed is known for her contagious enthusiasm, boundless energy and deep dedication to learning and the craft of teaching. It is staggering to realize that in addition to her full-time role in Gill's Middle School this past year, she was simultaneously earning a Masters of Arts in Teaching, full-time, at Drew University and establishing herself as a top student.

Although she had already spent a year as a full-time teacher at Gill when she entered the graduate program, Syed was technically a student-teacher this past year in the eyes of the state and the university. Among the hundreds of student-teachers observed by the department of education, 61 were nominated for the Distinguished Clinical Intern Award, and 15 winners were chosen from among that group.
 
Last year, Cosentino and Syed worked together to create the curriculum for the STREAMS program, which will kick off this September. Middle School Director Kyle Armstrong is looking forward to the introduction of the STREAMS program and to Syed's leadership, noting "Noreen is a talented, dedicated professional. She is highly collaborative and works beautifully with our fifth and sixth graders; the GSB Middle School is lucky to have her!"

Reflecting on the award, Syed said "This was such an amazing culmination and celebration to a very busy year. Teri was at the awards ceremony with me, and this award is also a testament to her hard work and everything she did to mentor me. As I move into my third year of teaching at Gill and look forward to the fifth-grade STREAMS program, I feel so ready, so supported—so blessed."
 
STREAMS is a yearlong course of study in fifth-grade science that brings together work in sustainability, technology, research, engineering, agriculture, math and service. In addition to classroom work, STREAMS will utilize many of the resources of Home Winds and our 208-acre campus.

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Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a vigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.