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Feb 22, 2021

Bryan DeNovellis Named Holmdel High School Teacher of the Year

By: Les Pierce

Bryan DeNovellis has been named Holmdel High School Teacher of the Year. He joined the Holmdel faculty in the fall of 2012 and teaches three Television Production electives. He also serves as an advisor to the Television and Film Society and the Peer Leadership Program.

For DeNovellis, his role as an educator is truly a second career. He previously worked for 12 years in the sports department at the News 12 New Jersey television station. He began as a sports reporter, then was ultimately promoted to sports director and anchor on the 5 and 10 pm news. He continues to work for News 12 as a freelance news and sports reporter.

DeNovellis was born and raised in Connecticut and attended a catholic high school in Hartford. He graduated from Seton Hall University in 1992 with a BA in Communication and, years later, earned an alternate route teaching certificate.

He met his wife, Cathy, at Seton Hall in the fall of 1989, and they married in 1995. They reside in Old Bridge with their three children.  21-year-old Jayson is a senior at the University of Maryland. Emmi, 18, and Naomi, 16, both attend Old Bridge High School.

For Bryan and Cathy, traveling on weekends to watch their children play soccer has provided many enjoyable moments over a 12-year span.

Bryan enjoys working out, but the COVID-19 pandemic eliminated his gym membership. He responded this summer by redesigning his garage to include a home gym with free weights, a treadmill and cable TV.  “My commute to the gym is a lot shorter,” he joked.

Reflecting on his new career, he said, “The best part about teaching at Holmdel High School is working with the students. They are so incredibly talented and creative. We have a lot of fun every day. They get excited when they come into the classroom and television studio because they can’t wait to use all of the equipment. My job is easy. I show the students how to use the video equipment and editing software. They do the rest.

“I’ve enjoyed teaching immensely,” he added. “It was the right move at the right time in my life. I thank [former principal] Bill Loughran for hiring me and taking a chance on a local sportscaster who had never taught a class in his life. Holmdel High School was the perfect landing spot for me. The district is so supportive of the program and has given us the tools and resources to succeed, including a brand new studio and learning space.”

Holmdel High School Principal Brian Schillaci said, “Mr. DeNovellis shares his craft and knowledge of the curriculum with his students. He also does a tremendous job working with extracurricular groups, other building staff, colleagues, friends, administrators and the community as a whole to help students succeed. Mr. D. is all about Hornet Pride and brings school spirit to life by working with his TV production students to share out amazing activities through the ‘Hornet Report.’ Congratulations to Bryan DeNovellis, Mr. D., for being the HHS Teacher of the Year!”

DeNovellis responded to the honor by saying, “To be named Teacher of the Year at Holmdel High School is very special. It’s humbling because there are so many outstanding teachers at HHS, teachers who pour their heart and soul into their work every day. I’ve been in their classrooms and observed their lessons, so I’ve seen their passion firsthand. I’ve honestly learned from the best. And to think, some of those teachers took time out of their day to nominate me – that’s pretty special. I’m honored and grateful. Now that I’m teaching, I’m able to show my students how exciting and fun a television career can be. To see their response is priceless.  It’s an awesome feeling.”