Social Studies teacher and advisor Matthew Leddin has been announced as Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School’s Educator of the Year. He was notified while teaching, in front of his students by Principal Stephen Sarles, Assistant Principal Meredith Brow, Director of Curriculum and Instruction Sarah Fitzgerald, Supervisor of Social Studies and English Melissa Bryan, and other school administrators. The Educator of the Year is selected annually by a small group of anonymous administrators, teachers, students, a Board of Education member and parents who consider nominations from any members of the RFH school community. Leddin is most deserving of this honor, having distinguished himself as an exemplary educator both in and out of the classroom.
A graduate with a degree in Social Studies Education from Rutgers University, and currently in his 10th year of teaching at RFH, Leddin works tirelessly in constant collaboration with his colleagues and supervisor, Melissa Bryan, to elevate the quality of Social Studies instruction for all students with extremely varied abilities and interests.
As one RFH parent who nominated Leddin wrote, “I have never seen my son more excited about learning as he was during Mr. Leddin’s classes.”
Leddin teaches AP World History, World History and the Current Issues classes. His excellence in teaching is validated by the scores the students earn on the AP exam and the relationships that he establishes with his students. He is an indispensable member of our extra-curricular team as he is the Tech Crew advisor for the school plays. Leddin has done this so well that he was nominated by the Monmouth County Basie Award for Outstanding Set Design for the production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Leddin also provides technology support to many evening events for our students and parents in our building as well.
Leddin is always supportive of students’ social and emotional health. Numerous students have stated that he is their trusted adult in the building. He truly approaches his relationships with students with equal care and compassion. These relationships were evident when Mr. Leddin was honored as Educator of the Year at a Board of Education meeting and current and former students and members of the community came out to support him. He makes a great, positive impact in the lives of so many.