The Nutley Jaycees announced John H. Walker Middle School teacher, Mrs. Lynn Zazzali, as one of this year’s five service awards winners. Mrs. Zazzali will receive the Distinguished Service Award as Educator of the Year.
Mrs. Zazzali came to the Nutley Public School District in September 2007. She is currently a seventh grade science teacher at John H. Walker Middle School.
Teaching science and continuing her education are Mrs. Zazzali’s passions and she strives to instill that same passion for learning in her students. To accomplish her goals, she works diligently, preparing lessons to engage her students and spends time developing strong relationships with her students to help them reach their academic goals and potential.
Mrs. Zazzali is always looking for innovative ideas to share with her colleagues. She was the first to pilot the science program. She is a mentor and group leader for the seventh grade team, the Chestnut Group. When it was suggested that teachers develop cross-curricula assignments, Mrs. Zazzali, not only developed it for her group, but included music, art, physical education, and world languages.
Beyond the classroom, Mrs. Zazzali engages students with the Trout Club and organizes the school-wide trip to clean the parks. Mrs. Zazzali spearheaded an initiative to develop an outdoor classroom this past year for the district. Working closely with The Passaic Sewage Commission, Essex County Executive Mr. Joseph DiVincenzo, the Nutley Educational Foundation, and the Nutley Parks and Recreation, Nutley now has an outdoor classroom, located in Booth Park, to help engage the students with learning in a non-traditional setting.
Mrs. Zazzali has her undergraduate degree from Montclair State University and in 2016, she earned her Master’s in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education. She is currently becoming a Google Certified Educator.
Mrs. Zazzali is married to last year’s Jaycees’ Business Winner, Ed Zazzali, and they have three children: Eddy, Rosie and Sammy.
The Jaycees’ judges’ panel includes former Nutley Commissioner and past state president of the NJ Jaycees Walt Smith (chairman), Dr. Steven Clarke, local businessman John Brown, Superintendent of the Nutley Public Schools Dr. Julie Glazer, former Director of Special Education and community volunteer Barbara Hirsch and former NJ Assemblyman and Board of Education trustee Fred Scalera.
Mrs. Zazzali and the other winners will be honored at a dinner on April 5, 2017. at The Valley Regency in Clifton.