Jacqueline Carrigg has been named Red Bank Regional High School’s Teacher of the Year. She is a mathematics teacher in her 18th year at RBR.
At the beginning of her career, she taught ninth and 10th grade algebra and geometry. For the past 10 years, her primary subjects have been honors and college preparatory pre-calculus.
In the summer following her first year at RBR, she was awarded a grant to study Spanish at El Sol in Lima, Peru. The grant was aimed at handling the increasing English Language Learner population at RBR. In her second year at RBR, she taught six ELL courses. She continues to teach ELL geometry.
She received a second grant and attended the Puebla Institute in Puebla, Mexico. “It was a wonderful experience to immerse myself in the language and culture,” Carrigg said.
Carrigg attended the University of Scranton where she earned an undergraduate degree in secondary education mathematics and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.
She was born in north Jersey, and the family relocated to Middletown shortly thereafter. She attended Middletown Township schools and graduated Middletown High School North in 2001.
Athletics has been a significant part of Carrigg’s youth. She played varsity soccer in high school and went on to continue in the sport at the University of Scranton. In her freshman year, the Royals advanced to the “Elite 8” in the national tournament. The following season, the program was ranked No. 2 nationwide.
The former soccer standout continues to stay conditioned through a regimen of long runs and participation in high-intensity interval training boot camp classes.
She currently resides in Belmar. “I love being blocks from the beach,” Carrigg said.
Jacqueline has an identical twin sister who also taught mathematics for five years before pursuing a career in accounting and finance.
“Teaching at RBR the past 18 years has been an amazing experience,” the recently named Teacher of the Year said. “I’ve grown professionally and personally through all the experiences I’ve had in this district. I’ve taught students from a variety of countries, learning their language and culture in the process. I’ve coached dedicated athletes and worked alongside passionate coaches in soccer and cross country. I’ve worked with some of the best, most caring, dedicated staff members. But most importantly, I’ve created lasting friendships with colleagues along the way and influential relationships with students who’ve reached out to keep me in the loop about their future endeavors.”