Snyder High School Educator Named Hudson County Teacher of the Year

A Snyder High School teacher has been named Hudson County’s Teacher of the Year.

Margaret “Meg” Freeman, who was named Jersey City’s 2013-14 Teacher of the Year on Feb. 20, was honored with the countywide title last Friday, April 12.

Freeman, who teaches English at Snyder and serves as the school’s Language Arts Department Coordinator, will go on to compete for state Teacher of the Year, which will be announced in October 2013.

School officials describe Freeman as a “consummate educator who has dedicated herself to engaging all of her students, even the most reluctant learners, through her creative planning, constructivist and differentiated teaching methods and her unyielding commitment to excellence.”

They also praise her for helping her students achieve a high pass rate on the HSPA and building their focus and perseverance.

“The value of education is not only the acquisition of knowledge, but also in the personal development and character of the individual,” Freeman says. “It’s because of this that I find teaching a very rewarding profession.”

Freeman is one of 39 school teachers in the Jersey City Public Schools to be honored this year as outstanding educators at their schools.

Jennifer Tiongson, a Dickinson High School art teacher profiled as part of JCI‘s Women’s History Month series, was also one of the 39 honored.

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Summer Dawn Hortillosa

is a freelance arts and entertainment writer whose work has appeared in the Jersey City Independent, The Jersey Journal, the International and other publications. She is also a creative writer and theatrical director.