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Lincroft Middletown Meghan Conlon
May 18, 2018

Meghan Conlon Named Lincroft and Leonardo ‘Teacher of the Year’

By Les Pierce

Lincroft Middletown Meghan Conlon

Ms. Meghan Conlon

Ms. Meghan Conlon has been named “Teacher of the Year” by Lincroft and Leonardo Elementary Schools.  She teaches Spanish at both locations and is in her tenth year as a Middletown Schools faculty member. Prior to that she taught Spanish at Sayreville War Memorial High School and J.P. Stevens High School in Edison.

Ms. Conlon attended the College of New Jersey, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish K-12 Education and Elementary K-5 General Education.  She also studied abroad for a semester at the University of Seville in Spain.  Describing that experience she stated, “This allowed me to immerse myself in the culture and to hone my target language oral proficiency.”  She graduated from Sayreville War Memorial High School prior to attending TCNJ.

Ms. Conlon was born in Perth Amboy, grew up in Sayreville and currently resides in Middletown with her sister Kerry and her beagle Chewie, who she rescued eight years ago.  When asked about her interests she replied, “My faith is extremely important to me, so I enjoy attending Church events.  I also like to help people in any capacity that I can, so I try to volunteer one night a week at a local nursing home with a friend of mine.”

She also named traveling and reading as activities she pursues in her free time.  Singing is more of a passion according to Meghan.  Throughout her childhood she sang in school and regional choirs, and currently performs with the St. Agnes Choir.

Describing her experience in the classroom Ms. Conlon said, “Every new day of teaching is akin to a blank canvas full of promise and painted by both student and personal discovery and growth.  Teaching has allowed me to fulfill one of my lifelong goals of helping and serving others.  A self-described introvert who has always been very shy, working with the students and being ‘on stage’ in front of a sea of eyes has also permitted me to discover an animated, theatrical version of myself that I never knew existed.  Leaving behind my safety blanket of introversion to perform songs, play games and direct student-led skits in the classroom in order to help the students learn, grow, smile and make connections in a fun, warm environment has been well worth it!”

Leonardo School Principal Peter Smith stated, “Ms. Conlon is one of the most dedicated educators that I know.  She is always extremely well prepared, delivers engaging personalized lessons to our students and can be counted on in any situation.  This year she has taken a lead role in the production of our school play Shrek Jr. and can be seen at all extracurricular events.  Ms. Conlon is an extremely valued staff member that can be counted on to go above and beyond the call of duty in a consistent basis.”

Lincroft School Principal Daniel Imbimbo stated, “Ms. Conlon is a truly unique and passionate teacher.  Every child in our school is excited to learn Spanish with Ms. Conlon and each lesson and activity she plans has each of her students in mind.  Ms. Conlon makes every day special at Lincroft Elementary School!”

Congratulations Ms. Conlon!