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Mar 10, 2020

Christina Gauss Named Rumson-Fair Haven’s Educator of the Year

Spanish teacher, advisor, mentor and community member Christina Gauss has been named Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School’s Educator of the Year.

The Educator of the Year is selected annually by a small group of anonymous administrators, teachers, students and parents who consider nominations from any members of the RFH school community.

Currently in her 14th year of teaching at RFH, Gauss works tirelessly in constant collaboration with her colleagues and supervisor, Seth Herman, to elevate the level of Spanish instruction and increase the cultural exposure of students in the World Language program. Regardless of the skill level of her students and their knowledge of the Spanish language, Gauss’ colleagues praise her dynamic instructional practice and specifically admire her efforts to bring “real-life materials and authentic experiences to her class” through chat rooms with students in Spain, immersion experiences with younger students, Hispanic Heritage Month festivals organized at RFH, trips to el Museo del Barrio and Little Spain in New York City, and classroom visits by native Spanish speakers. Parents and students alike describe Gauss as a “treasure” and a “kind, motivating and creative” teacher who fosters both a challenging and comforting atmosphere where her students can thrive in learning the Spanish language and explore their love of global culture. Outside the classroom, Gauss has accompanied students on trips sponsored and organized by RFH to Guatemala, Peru and Spain. After studying in Spain herself in 2016, Gauss established a relationship with teachers from a bilingual school in Avila that has provided amazing opportunities for students to engage in authentic communication and make connections with Spanish-speaking peers.

Gauss is an honored and contributing member of many professional organizations such as Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey and The American Association for Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.