A Brick teacher has been presented with the Excellence in Education award, an annual honor presented by members of the local legislative district.
This year, Gary Paxton, who teaches sixth through eighth grade classes at Lake Riviera Middle School, received the recognition.
“It is an honor to present the Eighteenth Annual Excellence in Education Award to Gary Paxton who has established an admirable reputation at Lake Riviera Middle School,” said state Sen. Jim Holzapfel. “He excels in classroom management and supports his students learning in an enthusiastic and creative environment.”
The 10th District legislators, which include state Assembly members David Wolfe and Gregory P. McGuckin, present the Excellence in Education Award annually to the elementary, middle school or high school teacher within the legislative district who “best exemplifies commitment and dedication to classroom teaching,” according to the legislative office.
Some of Paxton’s most recent accomplishments include successfully writing several grants, which were awarded to further advance the STEM program – including one which he used to teach students about the power of solar energy.
A graduate of Thomas Edison State College and resident of Brick, Paxton started his career at Lake Riviera in 2006 and continued his education at New Jersey City University where he received his Master’s Degree. He was praised for excellent classroom management and employing an innovative teaching strategy which has created a positive environment for all middle school learners.
“Once we reviewed Mr. Paxton’s credentials it was clear that he is held in high regard by his students, colleagues and the administration,” said Wolfe. “He has dedicated many personal hours to advance the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program at Lake Riviera Middle School along with serving as the leader for the Kettle Creek Crusaders, a weekly environmental club for all students.”
“Mr. Paxton stands as a symbol of excellence in teaching and is a model for those who teach or desire to make a difference in our children’s present and future,” said McGuckin. “Mr. Paxton has proven to go above and beyond for his students and parents while earning the admiration of his fellow colleagues. He is a reflection of the outstanding level of education at the Brick Township School District and the State of New Jersey. We extend our sincere best wishes in all of his future endeavors.”