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Jul 01, 2017

Jen Dellett Named RFH Educator of the Year

On May 12, Rumson-Fair Haven High School Principal Dr. Tracy Handerhan and last year’s RFH Educator of the Year, French teacher Christine Berg, announced that special education teacher Jen Dellett has been selected as this year’s RFH Educator of the Year.

Ms. Dellett has been teaching at RFH for ten years. She started as an inclusion teacher and then taught Resource English prior to her current assignment in the Multiply Disabled Program. “During the past two years, I have had the pleasure of teaching the Multiply Disabled Program,” she said. “Our students have made great strides socially and academically, and gained much independence. I must credit the critical work of my incredible instructional aides, Victoria Vaughan, Debbie Bauers, and Anna Appleman.”

Noteworthy activities and aspects of the Multiply Disabled program at RFH include:

  • The addition of Violet, the adorable goldendoodle therapy dog who is housed within the Multiply Disabled Program (with Victoria Vaughn serving as her handler). Violet is a daily presence in the classroom, where students work with their teachers to help care for her, promoting independence and life skills.
  • Weekly visits by multiply disabled students and Violet, the therapy dog, to Deane Porter School to read with “buddies,” helping both sets of students gain confidence and reading skills as well as build friendships.
  • The creation and care of the RFH Community Garden. Students germinate seeds, plant and tend 15 beds of crops, and use the resulting produce in Life Skills recipes as well as in school lunches by RFH cafeteria staff.
  • The Trout Project, during which trout is harvested from eggs and released to the wild near the end of the school year.
  • Service learning projects, including a coat drive for “Jersey Cares,” as well as participation in the Blessing Bag Brigade project, providing daily essentials to the homeless in New York City.

Ms. Dellett also started a community-based Special Olympics Track and Field team this year. “I very much appreciate this honor as RFH Educator of the Year,” she stated. “I am very fortunate to work with the students, families, and all members of the RFH staff.” She has been a special education teacher for 15 years. She earned her undergraduate degree in Varying Exceptionalities from the University of Southern Florida and a Masters in Educational Administration and Leadership from Georgian Court University.