LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Jennifer Skomial

Position: Career and Technical Education Teacher
School: Morris County School of Technology
School District: Morris County Vocational School District
City, State: Denville, NJ

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Jennifer Skomial was nominated by a colleague who wishes to remain anonymous.

 

Mrs. Skomial is an outgoing individual who welcomes everyone with open arms. Last year, she was the nominator's mentor and helped her strive to be the best teacher she could be. As a lead teacher, Mrs. Skomial works hard to help all of her colleagues find success. She is actively involved in her school, making herself available for students, staff and her community when needed. 

"She is always pleasant, smiling and encouraging," the nominator said. "She is a great role model on a professional and personal level"

Jennifer Skomial in the News:
Morris County School of Technology Teacher Nominated for National LifeChanger of the Year Award 
Morris County School of Technology Teacher from Roxbury Nominated for National Award 



Comments (245)


Katherine Gardner Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Mrs. Skomial! Your a wonderful teacher

Julia Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial is a fantastic educator as well as a great role model, and I am so lucky to be able to call her my teacher! Best wishes for the nomination!

Christine Hietanen Posted over a year ago

During my first two years at MCST, I had the pleasure of working closely with Jennifer Skomial as a fellow English teacher. Since then, she has continued to inspire students and colleagues in her role as the instructor of the Academy for Education and Learning. As a former student of MCST—specifically a student in the same academy in which she teaches—Jen is passionate about all aspects of learning. She views herself as a learner striving to hone her craft, and consistently pursues opportunities for her own professional development. Among her numerous teaching talents, I am particularly impressed with her dedication to promoting a classroom environment that rewards independent thinking, self-reliance and autonomy. Her mission is to prepare students to be self-sufficient in her classroom as well as in society. She practices and promotes high integrity and overall good citizenship in her daily classes. With respect to her classroom instruction, Jen channels the pedagogy of Charlotte Danielson each day in her quest for students to take ownership of their learning and define their own academic and career path. She plans lessons that are not only thorough, thought-provoking and engaging, but also authentic and relevant. While observing her classes as a model for my own instruction, I have witnessed her facilitate a student-centered learning environment that encourages peer discussion and advances student responsibility in learning. She infuses interdisciplinary methods in her lessons and differentiates instruction based on the diverse learning modalities, multiple intelligences, levels of readiness, and interests of each student. With keeping the needs of her students at the forefront of all her planning, she incorporates additional real-world activities for them to experience. Jen has bolstered her Advisory Council through which she has formed valuable connections with area educators and specialists who often come to her classroom to present and speak with her classes. She implemented teacher observations at both MCST as well in other schools. In doing so, she has built strong relationships with other schools and community facilities including Valley View, Celebrate the Children, and CCM so her students can have multiple learning opportunities. In addition to her commitment to excellence in her classroom, she is equally as dedicated to assisting her colleagues achieve greatness in their classrooms. As a fellow Lead Teacher, she has offered hours of collaboration and has spearheaded initiatives including Pop-Up PD, Lead Teacher/ AC Pow-Wows, and Book Club. She currently serves as a new teacher mentor and has previously held positions as Master Teacher. I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to work directly with such an innovative and inspiring teacher.

Emilie Simoni Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial is the most welcoming, kind and caring teacher a person could have. Without Mrs. Skomial, I am not sure that I would even know where I wanted to go in life. She has taught myself and my peers not only the importance of teaching , but the importance of being an educator in today’s world and the impact we can make on others. From teaching us to always think outside of the box and understand other’s perspectives to teaching the broad aspect of professionalism, she is shaping her students to soar high among others, hitting the ground running. Mrs. Skomial always provides her students the best opportunities to be the best they can be. I am so thankful for everything Mrs. Skomial has done for me, and cannot wait to see what the next two years hold. Thank you so much for everything Mrs. Skomial, you deserve this!

Jeff Dickerson Posted over a year ago

Thanks for continuing to be a wonderful role model for your students. Teachers who go above and beyond like you are priceless!

Jeff Dickerson Posted over a year ago

Thanks for continuing to be a wonderful role model for your students. Teachers who go above and beyond like you are priceless!

Kim Delesky Posted over a year ago

I would like to wish Mrs. Skomial my heartfelt congratulations and best wishes on her nomination! It is a pleasure to work with you and your students on a daily basis.

Scott K Posted over a year ago

Jen is a true professional who makes it look easy! Always helpful and pleasant, Jen deserves this recognition. Good luck!

Sofia Gonzalez Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial is an excellent teacher and I am beyond happy to have her. She is very supportive of me and all of her students. Mrs. Skomial is very passionate towards everything she does. She is very deserving of this award because she has definitely changed the lives of so many others for the better. Congratulations Mrs. Skomial!!

Cindy McMahon Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on your nomination Mrs. Skomial!!! You are such an amazing teacher and really deserve this award.

Julia Maier Posted over a year ago

Mrs Skomial is a wonderful teacher and has always been there for me since my first day in the academy during freshman year. She is helpful and passionate in the classroom. Anyone who knows Mrs. Skomial knows she is an extremely admirable person.

Officer Rick Duda Posted over a year ago

As the School Resource Officer for the school I have come to know Jen as a kind and compassionate teacher who always takes time for her students and brings new ideas into the classroom. Jen is one of my biggest fans and always invites me into her classroom during "Community Hero's Week" as well as to address new and incoming parents. As an SRO forming relationships with the teachers and staff is essential and Jen makes it so easy with her bright smile and warm personality. I know from my my interactions with students that Jen is always spoken of with great admiration and respect. Jen will continue to be an essential pillar of our school community.

Layla Landolfi Posted over a year ago

She always takes time out of her day to help someone.

Nidhi Makkithaya Posted over a year ago

Congrats Mrs. Skomial! I have heard amazing things about you and your teaching styles, and there is no doubt that you deserve this award. Good luck!!

Claudia Luzuriaga Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Mrs. Skomial!! You are a great mentor when it comes to teaching because of how encouraging, honest, and motivating you are. You are a great inspiration to many, including me!

Natalia Luzuriaga Posted over a year ago

I've heard amazing things about you from my sister. Congratulations on your nomination. You absolutely deserve it.

Brian Kelly Posted over a year ago

Jennifer Skomial is a deserving recipient of this award. She is a lead teacher at MCST and had run multiple professional development sessions. She works very hard at her job and is dedicated to the school. This is evident both by her taking on many responsibilities and her longevity at the position. Additionally her students are among the most responsible at the school(turning all assignments in on time/ studying outside of class/etc). I have no doubt that Jen had some influence on this.

April Stearns Posted over a year ago

Jennifer Skomial is an excellent teacher and role model. She is kind, helpful and creative. She is an asset to MCST.

Dena Argo Posted over a year ago

I was interviewing for a position at the Morris County School of Technology and Ms. Jackson took me on a tour around the campus. We visited Mrs. Skomial's academy and I could instantly see her passion for education. I'll be joining the school in a few short weeks and I'm eager to have Mrs. Skomial as a colleague.

Leyla Gasparro Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial is a hardworking and passionate teacher. She always puts her students first and makes sure they are working to their full potential. She always makes the most opportunities and is always pushing herself to do the best and take her students to different teaching sites. Mrs. Skomial wants all of us to succeed in one way or another and she shows it always. She believes in each of us to work up and achieve our goals like she had done with hers.

Madison Marchione Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial is the most passionate and dedicated teacher I have ever had the pleasure of having. She has helped me grow as an individual and a future educator and for that, I will forever be grateful. Being a junior now in her Education and Learning class, I have had Mrs. Skomial for three years and every day is a new learning experience. She has positively guided me from being a shy little girl who was afraid of everything to becoming a strong leader in the classroom. She encourages me to the best version of myself, and to attack my dreams. Her enthusiasm and great student relationships have really impacted me and others so greatly. I am so proud to call my life changer, Mrs. Skomial, a true LIFE CHANGER.

Angelina Yu Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial is one of the kindest people I have encountered in school. I wish her the best of luck and hope that she wins!

Nidhi Makkithaya Posted over a year ago

Great job, Mrs. Skomial! I've heard amazing things about you and your teaching style, and you definitely deserve to win this award! Best of luck!!

Nidhi Makkithaya Posted over a year ago

Great job, Mrs. Skomial! I've heard amazing things about you and your teaching style, and you definitely deserve to win this award! Best of luck!!

Jade Ditta Posted over a year ago

Congratulations! You are so inspiring and such a great teacher!

Rori Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial leads with a smile. She works tirelessly to provide opportunities for her students and colleagues to learn and grow. Mrs. Skomial is all in, and she consistently strives to be the best educator she can be, and to advance teacher practice. She's one in a million!

Kevin Conover Posted over a year ago

Jen has a heart of gold. She is understanding and compassionate. She knows just how to make people smile and make their day. Being nominated for an award like this has something to be said. Jen, you are AWESOME! Great job!!

Dana Dandino Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Jen! You are so deserving of this award. Your passion and commitment have made you an amazing teacher and educator. Best of luck to you!

Gina D. Posted over a year ago

Jennifer Skomial is a dedicated teacher who continually goes above and beyond! She is a true inspiration to all and deserving of this nomination. Congratulations Jen!

Gayle Adler Posted over a year ago

Always a welcoming presence with her smile and caring attitude.

Adrienne Posted over a year ago

MCST staff and students are lucky to have you! Congratulations to you!

Kerry Eberhardt Posted over a year ago

Congratulations to a dedicated, passionate and deserving educator! It is an honor to work alongside her.

Jackie Graulich Posted over a year ago

Jen Skomial is an outstanding educator, colleague, motivator and mentor. Morris County School of Technology is a special place due to the positive influence Jen has on the entire school community. She is the definition of dedication. She puts her all into everything she does. Jen Skomial is incredibly deserving of this award!

emily bohn Posted over a year ago

Jen is a great educator. Nobody expects anything less than amazing from her or her students. Personally, I am continually impressed by her organizational skills. She seems to have a million responsibilities, and she gets all of them accomplished flawlessly.

Julia Ioannou Posted over a year ago

I have know Jen Skomil for eight years and during this time, I have found her to be passionate teacher who care about her students and their future endeavors. Jen has afforded her students the opportunity to explore professions not only in the Education and the Learning Academy, but also in areas that are of interest to them. Last year I participated in a learning activity that introduced her student to the Nursing Profession and she had me give a lesson to her students on Anaphylaxis. Jen is not only committed to her students, she is committed to the staff as evident as her work as a Lead Teacher. Congratulations well deserved.

Patrice O'Keefe Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Jen!! Good luck on this well deserved nomination!!

Rashi Matha Posted over a year ago

I personally never had this teacher, but my friends love her and she is such so passionate in her everyday life. Congratulations and good luck to her.

Ishan R Posted over a year ago

Congratulations! You have been such a great grinding force in my education. You have helped my understood concepts I have never known I could learn. You are my favorite teacher. I really hope you win this award as your odds are as good as your teaching.

Rohan Savani Posted over a year ago

Congratulations! Good luck Ms. Skomial.

Kristen Maday Posted over a year ago

While teaching at MCST, I have heard an abundant amount of praise coming not just from the students in the Academy for Education and Learning, but also from Jen's co-workers. She goes about and beyond what is expected of her at MCST and helps to make it such a positive place to work! Congratulations!

Samantha Heydt Posted over a year ago

Jen is an inspiring teacher! As a new teacher I am impressed by how she manages her Academy program and strive to be like her. She exposes her students to the many facets of education and child development and extends beyond the classroom with guest speakers and experiences. Bravo Jen!

Sheila Arakelian Posted over a year ago

Jennifer Skomial is consistently willing to sacrifice her time to help and support her colleagues and students.

Kevin Condron Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial is a consummate professional, and an endlessly enthusiastic advocate for her students and the profession as a whole. She is always pushing herself, her students, and her colleagues to grow in the work of learning. Congrats and good luck Jen!

Katie Ilardi Posted over a year ago

I have had the privilege of working alongside Jen at MCST for 8 years now and have always been in awe of her amazing passion for teaching. She is a natural fit for her role as the Education and Learning Academy teacher, as she exemplifies all that we strive for as teachers. Congrats to her!

LaToya Evans Posted over a year ago

Jennifer Skomial is a passionate educator and amazing colleague. She goes above and beyond for her students and the staff at MCST. She deserves this! Congrats!

Cathy Mohrle Posted over a year ago

I had the pleasure of working very closely with Mrs. Skomial at MCST. I was her maternity leave replacement substitute. During that time, I saw first-hand how her Education and Learning Academy students gain hands-on, real life experience in the field. I was also impressed with how Mrs. Skomial was constantly seeking improvement and asking--how can we do this better? She is molding the program into a stellar experience and her desire to offer THE BEST PROGRAM to her students is to be applauded. Congratulations Jen! I am so happy that you are representing MCST!!!!

Laura Dessel Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Jen! This is so well deserved. Jen is warm and caring to her students and her teaching peers. She is always going above and beyond what is necessary.

Camille Mastroeni Posted over a year ago

I have had the pleasure of calling Jennifer Skomial a friend for over 10 years now. I don’t have the words to describe how wonderful, kind, and loving she is. Not only as a friend but in her career that she is so truly passionate about. When she talks about her work, she just glows. It is so inspiring to see someone have such a commitment to what they do. Her students are everything to her, she is always talking about how proud she is of them. Jennifer Skomial is deserving of this award ten times over. I am so grateful & proud to know her.

Vicki Aquino Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Jen!!! You deserve it!

Annmarie corbitt Posted over a year ago

Jennifer from a child was always a smart, happy and beautiful person inside and out. You go girl! You worked hard and you deserve this award! Congratulations on your nomination!

Ariana Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial has been such a great guiding force in my teaching education. She has helped me in so many ways by being a kind and caring teacher with whom I can come to for advice. Thank you Mrs. Skomial.

Victoria Posted over a year ago

There is truly no one more deserving of recognition. Mrs Skomial is not only a dedicated teacher, she also is an admirable role model for positivity and change in her everyday life. I have witnessed Mrs Skomial as a fellow student who worked with persistence and progress - she returned to that same classroom we once shared- replacing veteran teachers while the school itself was morphing its curriculum. Mrs Skomial worked to assure that her students recieved the best education and opportunities available to them, and continues to do so. Seeing the difference in her approach to teaching her class makes me wish I had her as my own teacher because that would have been life-changing

Ruben Rosado Posted over a year ago

Congratulations! Good luck !

Laura Ingrassia Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial is an inspiration to her students and to her colleagues!

Alexandra Bianchi Posted over a year ago

My friends in CRC love her!

Vaneeza Khawer Posted over a year ago

She is the best teacher!

Kimberly Griff Posted over a year ago

You make our school proud! Congratulations!

Cambrie Elia Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Mrs. Skomial! You make our school proud!

Aaron Carr Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial is such a nice person! Even though I am not her student, she still says hello in the hallway! Congrats!

Agrim Gupta Posted over a year ago

I have only met Mrs Skomial once, but she is very friendly and helpful, even if you have never talked to her before.

Abdul Lateef Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial is always smiling whenever I see her in the hallways!

Jessica Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on this amazing achievement!!

Hayley Posted over a year ago

Congrats! you are such an inspiration to all of us!

Hunter Caplan Posted over a year ago

Thank you for all you have done for the school. You are so inspiring

Steven Drada Posted over a year ago

Thank you so much for all of the hard work that you put into our school!

Alexandra Gray Posted over a year ago

amazing teacher, makes such a difference at this school!

Andrea Posted over a year ago

Congrats, you are so inspirational, good luck

victoria attardi Posted over a year ago

You deserve everything you get! good luck!!

Imani Reaves Posted over a year ago

Good job, you deserve it!

Bella Coleman Posted over a year ago

you're awesome. good job!

Dr. Christina Markar Posted over a year ago

Having known Mrs. Skomial for about 20 years (when she was a student at MCST), I can attest to her passion for caring for others from then! Seeing her in her current position is nothing short of kismet. Mrs. Skomial deserves every accolade she receives and more. Best wishes for her continued success!

Nicole Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial has been such an influence to me in becoming a teacher. She is kind and caring, and is always willing to go out of her way to help others. Even after I graduated, Mrs. Skomial has maintained a relationship with me and continues to help me grow as an educator. She is such a passionate teacher, and has truly had a major influence on my life!

Rosette Posted over a year ago

You have found your calling! Congrats! Sweet, funny, caring, enthusiastic, animated and loving are just a few of your awesome traits. Your an amazing person and teacher!

Marisa Dillon Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial is a wonderful role model for her students and a pleasure to work with. She is always ready and willing to help staff and students and does so with a smile. She is organized and creative and has a way of turning a negative to a positive. Her enthusiasm is a breath of fresh air!

Glen Wohlrob Posted over a year ago

3 1/2 years ago when our daughter when we approached our daughter about considering Morris School of Technology we were met with great apprehension because she would be attending a school she new little about. Since she had expressed an interest in becoming a teacher we encouraged her to pursue an interest in the Academy for Education and Learning that Jennifer is in charge of. I cannot tell you how positive and a rewarding experience it has been under Jennifer's tutelage for our daughter. Her students are truly prepared and have a significant head start as they head onto the college teaching landscape. For all that you given to your students in this fine academy, its a pleasure to wish you congratulations on this just deserved nomination. Wishing you many more years of "life changing" success.

Rocio Felix Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Jen! You are a great teacher and colleague. Suerte!

Kim Redmond Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Mrs. Skomial!!! I can't even express in words how she has made an impact on my daughter. She is an amazing teacher and role model for our students who are learning to be educators themselves. I know that one day my daughter will be an amazing teacher and I know that she got her foundation from this wonderful person we are so blessed to have in our lives. Thank you for all you do for us each and every day. You are most definitely a LIFECHANGER!

Jen Schweitzer Posted over a year ago

Jen is a wonderful colleague to have. She always has a positive attitude and a kind word to say. Jen is great resource and is always willing to take the time to provide advice and resources for her co workers.

Emily Rose Frio Posted over a year ago

I will be an incoming Freshman to Mrs. Skomial 's academy in Sept. 2018. I visited MCST's open houses for 2 years and stopped by Mrs. Skomial's class and listened to her presentation. Her enthusiasm for her students success confirmed that I wanted to apply to the Education and Learning Academy. I can't wait to see what the future holds!

Mike Q Posted over a year ago

Congrats Jen and thanks for all you do for our school community!

Maggie Posted over a year ago

Ever since I’ve known Jen, she’s wanted to be a teacher. It’s wonderful to know she’s positively I nfluencing so many people doing what she loves.

Michael Ponteliona Posted over a year ago

Having known Jen first hand growing up she has certainly found the perfect role for herself as an adult. If we could all only be so passionate about what we do for a living! Not just saying that I enrolled my daughter as soon as she was elligable for the program of which Jen is involved, and she loves it! Setting a great foundation for future schooling.

Suzanna Skomial Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Jen for such an amazing achievement. Not only has Jennifer changed my life becoming my sister in law, but for the past years I've seen her grow to be such an amazing teacher, wife, mom, and sister. She is also there to encourage you to be the best person you can be, and always has something positive to say in any situation. Jennifer not only looks out for her students, but for other students in her school. She invited me to be a guest speaker in the Health Science fields to help those students with their futures looking to go into healthcare. Good luck!

Vicky Rawson Posted over a year ago

You are an amazing person with a heart of gold!

cathy Shaw Posted over a year ago

No better life changer than she!

Hilliary McCrink Posted over a year ago

Jen tutored me in Middle School 15 years ago and has been my mentor, role model and great friend ever since! She is a life changer for sure!

Brianna Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial deserves this award ten times over again! She is such a sweet, compassionate woman! She has such a love for life it shines from a mile away! On top of the love for her job, she is an amazing mother and wife! Definitely a wonderful role model for anyone in her path!

Lauren Gentile Posted over a year ago

Jen Skomial is an amazing person and teacher. My twin boys attended the preschool program she runs. A few years later and they still talk about Mrs. Skomial and all of her students! Congratulations Jen... much deserved! Good luck!

Stephanie Stavrenos Posted over a year ago

Jen was kind to all in high school, hard-working and determined through college, and is a beautiful force of positive energy as a teacher. She motivates me to work harder as I watch her balance work and life, never allowing the stresses of daily life to interfere with her open heart. I am lucky to call her a friend and to share a profession with her.

Paula Danchuk Posted over a year ago

Wonderful neighbor and member of our Lake Rogerene Community!!

Bernadette Schilling Posted over a year ago

I was in votech with Jen back in high school and even then you could see her passion for teaching. She is an amazing woman who not only loves what she does but she’s good at it too. I was honored when my son was able to take part in the votech preschool program and have her as one of the head teachers. Keep up the great work Jen ! You deserve this!

Jessica Johnson Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Jen! Your dedication and passion is an inspiration to educators everywhere!

Christine Zuidema Posted over a year ago

Jen Skomial is Beautiful inside and out. All students love her, not just her own. She is a true leader and life changer to so many. Good luck!!

M. Donahue Posted over a year ago

It's always been a pleasure working with Jen.

Laurenne Posted over a year ago

Congrats on the nomination!

Cathy Posted over a year ago

Mrs Skomial is a wonderful teacher and colleague who always goes above and beyond. She deserves this award!

Samantha Schriever Posted over a year ago

Good luck Jen! You definitely deserve it!!!!

Maureen F. Posted over a year ago

Jen is always positive and smiling. Whenever we discuss her class and students, she beams with pride and it is clearly evident that she truly loves her profession. Her students are very lucky to have such a positive role model.

Courtney Posted over a year ago

A teacher who inspires, teaches valuable lessons, but most importantly is kind hearted to everyone she encounters!!

Terri Posted over a year ago

Jennifer teaches the students that teach my toddlers! They have the best role model that anyone can have. She is nurturing and caring and just all around the best!

Diana Bradley Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial was such a great pre school teacher for my youngest daughter. Yes, she taught her the basics to be ready for full day Kindergarten but she also taught her things to stay with her in her every day life. She teaches the kids in such a way they WANT to learn. They WANT to succeed and WANT you to be proud of them. I cannot say enough about her! She really is the best! Thank you for being my last child's preschool teacher!

Sara A Posted over a year ago

Good job and good luck!

Mark McCafferty Posted over a year ago

Thank You for making MCST so great!!!!!!!!

Paul Joseph Posted over a year ago

Thank you for encouraging me to be a better person.

Camila Vargas Posted over a year ago

Thank you for your kindness!

Katie Whitehead Posted over a year ago

I'm borrowing from Mr. Carbone because he said it perfectly: "...you cannot be around Jen and not be laughing or smiling or both. That attitude and positivity contributes to our school culture and learning environment." Students and teachers alike (especially new teachers) benefit from Mrs. Skomial's innovation, caring and commitment every day. I know I have her to thank - this nomination is well deserved!!

Ashley Halady Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial deserves to be "Life Changer of the Year". She is a great role model and helps me become the best I can be. I learn a lot in her class. She has impacted my life and shows her classes how to be a better teacher, student, and person. Her class is always filled with laughter and joy when she's around, making many memories. She impacted my life and changed it, too.

AG Posted over a year ago

a kind person

Amy Roberts Posted over a year ago

Mrs.Skomial has changed my life for the better. She continues to help and guide e through lesson plans and teaching activities. Not only does she help me acadedemically but she is a great person to talk to if I ever need help with any problems that arise in life.

Peter Walsh Posted over a year ago

Thanks for being kind and eating our food.

Olivia Nicoletti Posted over a year ago

Thank you so much for your dedication to this school. You along with all the other teachers make this school an amazing place to be. I look forward to each and everyday where my teachers are genuinely happy and excited to see us. You all care so much and we thank you for that. I believe that every teacher here is well deserving of this award but you set the standards high and improve this school with even your tiniest actions. Once again, I want to thank you for never giving up on us and making high school that much more enjoyable.

Malcolm Green Posted over a year ago

I want to say thank you for everything that you have done :)

skylar grimes Posted over a year ago

good luck!

Sienna Valent Posted over a year ago

Good luck!

Alyssa Posted over a year ago

Good Luck!

Rachel DePaola Posted over a year ago

good job

Olivia Villamagna Posted over a year ago

good luck!!!!

Nicole Posted over a year ago

good luck!

taylor fralley Posted over a year ago

good luck!

Natalie Verile Posted over a year ago

Good luck!!! :)

jenna puchalski Posted over a year ago

Congragulations

Nicole Posted over a year ago

Thank you for being such a nice teacher :)

Kiara Joseph Posted over a year ago

You've been a great influence to everyone at this school!! Thanks for everything. <3

ava eveland Posted over a year ago

thank you mom

Stefanie sanborn Posted over a year ago

Thank you for your hard work!

Mackenzie Lazorchak Posted over a year ago

Thank you for all your hard your work!!!!!

Nashaly Posted over a year ago

Thank you for all your hard work.

aidan giuliani Posted over a year ago

Thank you for your hard work, good luck!

Sean Curran Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Ms. Skomial on being nominated as the Lifechanger of the Year Award. Thanks for your hard work and dedication towards our school. Good luck!

Arjun Sheth Posted over a year ago

Congratulations! Thank you for all you do!

Pruthvi Patel Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Mrs. Skomial on being nominated for the "Life Changer of the Year" award! I hope you win, and believe you deserve to.

Rohan Sheth Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on being nominated as "Life Changer of the Year". You are a great teacher and I hope you the best. You deserve this award for all the work you have did.

Nicole Duca Posted over a year ago

Congratulations and good luck! I hope you win for MCST!

andrew nussbaum Posted over a year ago

congrats!

Lexi Robinson Posted over a year ago

Congrats Mrs. Skomial! You truly are a life changer! Your dedication to all of your students and classes make all of us so excited to learn. You always give a warm welcome to everyone in the academy and we are all so pleased to have you here! You have greatly impacted my life in so many ways! Thank you so much!

Nicole Duca Posted over a year ago

Congratulations and good luck! I hope you win for MCST!

Rachel Sirica Posted over a year ago

Congrats and best wishes for a continued future of changes lives of students to come!

Shriya Ahuja Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on the nomination! Thank you for representing our school!

Devon Tom Posted over a year ago

Congrats to Mrs. Skomail for finally being recognized for her hard work helping students. Thank you!

Ranjan Kesavan Posted over a year ago

Good Luck! Congrats!

Luke Kachulis Posted over a year ago

Congrats

Art Nagle Posted over a year ago

Congrats on being nominated for Life Changer of the Year!!!

Bhavya Patel Posted over a year ago

Congratulations to Mrs. Skomial! We've all heard great things about her from all of her students, and she us such a dedicated, experienced teacher who knows how to make a true connections with her students.

Anthony Romanushko Posted over a year ago

Good Luck! Have Fun!

Steven Cipoletti Posted over a year ago

Good Luck!!

Erin Dietrich Posted over a year ago

Good Luck Mrs. Skomial!!!!!

Nicole Pulido Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on the nomination! Best wishes.

Thomas Foody Posted over a year ago

Congrats! Good luck!

Devin Boone Posted over a year ago

Good luck

Jill Bhatia Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on this amazing achievement! We're very grateful for everything that you have done and wish you good luck!

Massimo Garcia-Astolfi Posted over a year ago

Congratulations!

Eric Johnston Posted over a year ago

Congratulations!

Smruthi Sathya Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on this outstanding achievement! We are very grateful and proud of all that you have done for the students of MCST.

Elizabeth McCollum Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on your nomination! I wish you the best!

Aashi Tailor Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on this achievement! Thanks for impacting the lives of all of your students and making this school a better place.

Sandra.bural Posted over a year ago

Every time I come to CRC class with my little cousins, she always welcomes us with open arms and lets us interact with all the toys and all her students in the classroom. My cousins love her, and I believe she is a wonderful and caring teacher. I wish her the best of luck! She deserves it!

Rishitha Inamadugu Posted over a year ago

Thank you for your hard work, and even though I have not personally met you, I have heard about how great of a teacher you are, I hope you continue to inspire students, and good luck!

Aislin Silver Posted over a year ago

Good luck!

Alan Gutman Posted over a year ago

Very nice, good luck!

Leah Suskind Posted over a year ago

Congrats Mrs. Skomial!

Sama Dwaidari Posted over a year ago

Good luck and congratulations on the nomination!

Mary O'Connor Posted over a year ago

Congrats Mrs. Skomial!

Rahul Menon Posted over a year ago

Thanks!

Andy Hartman Posted over a year ago

Congrats!

Brianna O'Halloran Posted over a year ago

Jen Skomial, my mentor, would be a wonderful recipient of the "Life Changer of the Year" award. She is encouraging, understanding and a superb educator.

erika mack Posted over a year ago

thanks for all your hard work!

Marianne Renna Posted over a year ago

You are an inspiration!

Shara Mae Lintag Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on getting nominated, to those who have had Mrs. Skomial, I know for sure that they think she deserves this wholeheartedly.

Joe Galante Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on all your hard work! Thankful for what you do at our school!

ariana swain Posted over a year ago

Congratulations!! Good luck!

Madelyn Barkocy Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial has done so much for the education and learning students in my school.Congratulations!

Samantha Shane Posted over a year ago

Thank you for sharing your knowledge and inspiring me.

Charlie Posted over a year ago

Thank you for all you have done for our school.

Nicholas Mccafferty Posted over a year ago

Congrats

Ava Posted over a year ago

Congrats!! Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joe Galante Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on all your hard work! Thankful for what you do at our school!

Nicholas Montesano Posted over a year ago

Good work

Charlotte Lavender Posted over a year ago

Congratulations! Good luck!

Caroline Dziedzic Posted over a year ago

Good Luck!

Katherine Ikhelson Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial is the best teacher ever!

Hong Wang Posted over a year ago

Congrats on getting nominated!

Valeria Silva Posted over a year ago

Thank you for your hard work, congratulations!

Steven Drada Posted over a year ago

Congrats! Thank you for all of your hard work at MCST!

Gabby Garcia Posted over a year ago

Congratulations!

Kira Tietjen Posted over a year ago

Congratulations!

Nikolai SOkiran Posted over a year ago

yeet

Megan Merola Posted over a year ago

Congrats good luck!

Ireland Walker Posted over a year ago

Congratulations! You're awesome!

Caterina Zaragoza Posted over a year ago

Congrats! Ms. S help my sister learn so much about herself and her love for teaching kids.

Joe Galante Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on all your hard work! Thankful for what you do at our school!

Jennifer Katz Posted over a year ago

Working as a school counselor at the Morris County School of Technology for the past 8 years, I have come to know Mrs. Skomial as one of the most caring, dedicated, and passionate teachers I have had the pleasure of working with. Her students not only learn from the material she teachers, but they emulate her commitment to her craft and the caring nature she innately exhibits. Mrs. Skomial works hard to create unique, creative lessons for her students and it shows. Her students are happy and love coming to school. As an education and learning instructor, Mrs. Skomial is shaping the way our future educators teach, impacting generations to come. I am thrilled that she can be the role model for our future teachers and students. Mrs. Skomial should certainly be chosen for this year's lifechanger of the year.

nancy kucinski Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial is an outstanding compassionate educator. She has truly been a "LifeChanger" to the many people she has taken under her wings. She is respected and admired by her students and colleagues and makes herself available to all. I've had the pleasure to work beside her these past 5 years and each and every day is a true pleasure.

Maggie Maier Posted over a year ago

Congratulations, I am so proud of you. You are the best teacher!

Dylan Shane Posted over a year ago

You completely deserve this and much more to come your way! Keep up the great work :)

Kyle O'Rourke Posted over a year ago

Congrats you are a great teacher love you.

Melissa Correa Posted over a year ago

Congratulations :)

Chelsea Smith Posted over a year ago

I have had mrs. Skomial for my academy the past 4 years. she has helped me to much. She has been like a second mom to me in school. She has prepared me so much for my teaching future.

Elizabeth Skelly Posted over a year ago

awesome job

Vincent DeLucia Posted over a year ago

Good job!

Taylan Mansur Posted over a year ago

Good job!

Bella Cagiannos Posted over a year ago

Good job!

Calie Limpert Posted over a year ago

Good job!

Alec DePinto Posted over a year ago

Good job!

Joseph Sorce Posted over a year ago

Good job!

Emily Deitch Posted over a year ago

Good job!

emily castellano Posted over a year ago

Go Mrs. Skomial ! Good luck !!

Lauren Taormina Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial should definitely win the award for "Life Changer of the Year". She demonstrates great qualities as a teacher and has impacted my life in so many ways. She is always one to give a hand to whoever is in need and works her hardest to make her students as successful as possible. She most certainly has changed my life and is a great inspiration to all.

Mike Posted over a year ago

Congrats! Well deserved and a fantastic achievement!

Denise Trimmer Posted over a year ago

I’ve always been impressed by Jen’s enthusiasm, innovation and talents. She continually finds new ways to spark her students, preschoolers and community. Jen emits a positive, happy, hard-working energy under which her students thrive.

GIna Visconti Posted over a year ago

Congratulations, Mrs. Skomial! This is an amazing achievement, and your students are so lucky to have such a great teacher! Thank you for all that you do for MCST!

Carl M. Carbone Posted over a year ago

To put it simply, you cannot be around Jen and not be laughing or smiling or both. That attitude and positivity contributes to our school culture and learning environment. There are millions of teachers and educators. Then there are those extremely rare few who transcend the job and become something far greater, that one can't put into words. That's Jennifer.

Karen Machuca Posted over a year ago

Ms. Skomial builds partnerships within the educational community in the best interest of her students to expose them to a variety of learning opportunities. She is eager to network with educational colleagues which includes an Advisory committee for the Academy of Education and Learning. This committee is dedicated to enhancing the current educational program and includes students, community members, staff, and parents. This collaborative effort is another aspect of how Mrs. Skomial is a Life-changer.

Maria Fuentes Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial is a wonderful teacher that really cares about her students and tries to make them the best they can and use their abilities to the fullest of their potential.

Debbie Pitt Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial has been my daughter's teacher and mentor for the past 3 years. I constantly marvel at how my shy daughter has become a confident, expressive young lady and I know Mrs. Skomial has been a big part of that transformation. She is a fantastic role model not only in the classroom for the future teachers she is developing but also how she models herself in the community and her private life. She is able to relate and connect to her students on a level very few teachers are able to achieve. I truly believe that her success stems from this. I have no doubt her students have benefited from her in ways big and small. They will carry their experiences and time spent with Mrs. Skomial with them well into the future.

Mark Menadier Posted over a year ago

As the Supervisor of Humanities, I had the privilege of working with Mrs. Skomial as the program shifted CIP codes and took on a greater focus on education. When Child-Related Careers became the Academy of Education & Learning Mrs. Skomial was an integral part of the transition. Her vision for the program and her exceptional knowledge of pedagogical theory has resulted in a dynamic learning environment where students experience high levels of accountability and rigorous academic activity. Mrs. Skomial's high expectations are matched by the high degree of support and encouragement she provides for her students. Mrs. Skomial goes above and beyond to share her time with her students and she encourages them to step outside of their comfort zones and to take chances when preparing and delivering lessons. Mrs. Skomial has also shared her knowledge and expertise with her colleagues, as she has developed and led numerous professional development seminars. The students, the staff, and the school as a whole are fortunate to have Mrs. Skomial as part of our community; she truly is a "Life-changer!"

Jackie Wolf Posted over a year ago

I have been fortunate enough to have Mrs.Skomial as my teacher for the past three years. She has been there for me since the beginning of freshman year helping me transition into high school. She is the sweetest and funniest person you will ever meet. She never fails to put a smile on not only my face but anyone around her. Not only has she helped me grow as a person, but as a future teacher as well. Mrs. Skomial pushes me to improve every day that I am with her. I am so happy to have her as a teacher. Her passion for helping students become better individuals both in and out of the classroom makes her the perfect person to win Life Changer of the Year.

Jackie Wolf Posted over a year ago

I have been fortunate enough to have Mrs.Skomial as my teacher for the past three years. She has been there for me since the beginning of freshman year helping me transition into high school. She is the sweetest and funniest person you will ever meet. She never fails to put a smile on not only my face but anyone around her. Not only has she helped me grow as a person, but as a future teacher as well. Mrs. Skomial pushes me to improve every day that I am with her. I am so happy to have her as a teacher. Her passion for helping students become better individuals both in and out of the classroom makes her the perfect person to win Life Changer of the Year.

Linda wolf Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial is a dedicated professional who does everything possible to ensure her students are prepared for the future. She is an inspiration and a role model. I am thrilled that my daughter has had the chance to work with such a caring,encouraging individual. She is most definitely a lifechanger!

Doreen Dransfield Posted over a year ago

I have the distinct pleasure of working with Jennifer Skomial. She exudes excitement and passion for education and her students. She regularly seizes opportunities to improve her craft. Additionally, she continuously works with her peers to support one another and to help one another to grow professionally in order to enhance our students' educational experience.

Mark DeMilio Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial has an infectious energy and a warm personality, both of which permeate the entire building. I am extremely grateful to have her as a neighbor and colleague. Anecdotally, I know that her students unwaveringly respect and admire her. She works tirelessly to prepare our next generation of educators and deserves to be recognized for her tremendous accomplishments!

Carolina Marrano Posted over a year ago

I have had Mrs. Skomial as a teacher for the past 4 years, and I am so glad that I did. She is always doing the most for her job and students, whether taking personal time to help a student or running different school events. I have loved each and every class with her because I always learned so much, was inspired to do my best, and had the resources I needed to succeed. She has definitely impacted my life and made me a better student and person.

Steve Ward Posted over a year ago

I am fortunate to be located right next to Jen Skomial and switness what her class does day to day. If given only one word to describe what Ms. Skomial does I'd say remarkable. She fosters an enthusiasm for early childhood education which filters into the pre-school her students run here. Jen Skomial's energy and leadership are beyond that of most teachers I have worked with over my extensive career. She has an engaging warmth about her that her students love but at the same time her professionalism sets the tone for each and every class. She is the ideal teacher and role model and an overall great co-worker. Very well deserving of this recognition!

Nicole Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial is truly a life changer because of all she does for her students. She always cares about her students, not only about their time in her class but about them general. Mrs. Skomial changed my life by influencing my actions taken within the classroom and outside of it. I appreciate all advice throughout the school year and I appreciate all the opportunities provided by her within the program which she has greatly improved. I could not ask for a better teacher to guide me through high school for the next few years. I am so happy for her to be nominated as life changer of the year. -Nicole Kahwaty

Nicole Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial is truly a life changer because of all she does for her students. She always cares about her students, not only about their time in her class but about them general. Mrs. Skomial changed my life by influencing my actions taken within the classroom and outside of it. I appreciate all advice throughout the school year and I appreciate all the opportunities provided by her within the program which she has greatly improved. I could not ask for a better teacher to guide me through high school for the next few years. I am so happy for her to be nominated as life changer of the year. -Nicole Kahwaty

Helen Primavera Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial is extremely dedicated to her work and her students. There isn't a day that she isn't willing to put in the extra hours or help her students. Her open door policy keeps open communication with her and her students. There isn't a student who doesn't come out of the class with a smile.

Emily Brooks Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial is the most amazing teacher I could have asked for. She has guided me through the past four years of high school by helping me with career choices, school choices, and always supported all of her students. She has taught all of her students in the academy to conduct themselves in a professional manner and how to be amazing teachers. She helps us get involved in the community, in our school, and get our foot in the door for internships/potential job opportunities. She always encourages us to follow our dreams and is always a shoulder to lean on in a time of need. Not only has she taught me to be myself and never change who I am for others, but she has also taught all of her students to speak their true colors and never settle for less than they deserve. She is an amazing role model and deserves the Lifechanger Award.

Emily Redmond Posted over a year ago

My name is Emily Redmond and I am a junior in the Academy for Education and Learning. When I think of someone who has changed my life, Mrs. Skomial is the first person that comes to mind. When I first entered MCST as a freshman I was culture shocked; I went from being in a school where with a graduating class of thirty-five to a school with a graduating class of around 200. As my academy teacher, Mrs. Skomial was the only teacher I would have all four years and I found extreme comfort in that knowledge the second she introduced herself. I used to be very shy and lacked self-confidence, but she quickly brought me out of my shell. Now I am teaching a preschool class by myself, giving tours of our preschool, participating in our Advisory Council, and I am also a peer leader. Mrs. Skomial is simply the most passionate person I know. Whenever she talks about teaching, helping others, or something as simple as holding the door for others, she has the power to make you equally as passionate about the topic. She continues to improve our academy in every way possible and she fully acknowledges that there is always room for improvement. Mrs. Skomial endlessly believes in her students, colleagues, and family. Mrs. Skomial saw something in me that no one else did. She brings out the best in me each and every day and I am the happiest when I am in her class. She is the kind of teacher that students countdown the minutes until they get to be in her class again. No matter how bad her day has been, her positive energy always persists. I feel so lucky that I get to say that I have had Mrs. Skomial as my teacher. Whether you have had her as a teacher or have simply just passed her in the hall, you can’t help but be inspired by her personality, the tasks she takes on, and her passion. Every single day she provides an example of the teacher I want to become. Anytime I question becoming a teacher, I think of Mrs. Skomial and I know that being a teacher is what I want to be. I will be lucky if I become half of the teacher, let alone person, that Mrs. Skomial is. The way she cares for her students can not be put into words and I hope she knows just how grateful we are for her. I genuinely hope that everyone has a teacher like Mrs. Skomial in his or her life because I know my life would not be as complete as it is without her in it.

Lynn Mankofsky Posted over a year ago

During my time working with Jennifer Skomial she has been professional, kind, and a pleasure to work with. She shows kindness and compassion with her students and it's very evident that she very much cares about their learning and success.

Caroline Walsh Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Mrs. Skomial! This is a great recognition for you and the school district!

Diane Marchione Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial is one of the most motivated individuals I know. She is always striving to give her students different opportunities and experiences that enhance her students educational experiences. So glad my daughters had her. They are better people for it.

Emily Redmond Posted over a year ago

My name is Emily Redmond and I am in the Academy for Education and Learning. The fact that Mrs. Skomial deserves this award is common knowledge at MCST. When I think of someone who has changed my life, Mrs. Skomial is always the first person that comes to mind. I used to be very shy and I had little-to-no self confidence. Once I came to MCST it was a whole new world. I went from being in a school where my graduating class was 35 to a school with a graduating class of around 200. Mrs. Skomial was the only teacher I would have all four years and I found extreme comfort in that knowledge the second she introduced herself. She quickly brought me out of my shell and now I am doing things I never imagined I would. Mrs. Skomial is simply the most passionate person I know. Whenever she talks about anything she has the power to make you equally as passionate about the topic. She continues to improve our academy in every way possible and she fully acknowledges that there is always room for improvement. Mrs. Skomial endlessly believes in her students, colleagues, and family. Mrs. Skomial saw something in me that no one else did. She brings out the best in me each and every day and I am the happiest when I am in her class. She is the kind of teacher that students countdown the minutes until they get to be in her class again. No matter how bad her day has been, her positive energy always persists. I feel so lucky that I get to say that I have had Mrs. Skomial as my teacher. Whether you have had her as a teacher or have simply just passed her in the hall, you can’t help but be inspired by her personality, the tasks she takes on, and her passion. Every single day she provides an example of the teacher I want to become. Anytime I question becoming a teacher, I think of Mrs. Skomial and I know that being a teacher is what I want to be. I will be lucky if I become half of the teacher, let alone person, that Mrs. Skomial is. The way she cares for her students can not be put into words and I hope she knows just how grateful we are for her. I genuinely hope that everyone has a teacher like Mrs. Skomial in their life because I know my life would not be as amazing as it is without her in it.

Mimi Wohlrob Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial is if not the best then one of the best teachers I have ever had. I always look forward to going to her class because she makes learning fun and interesting. She is a role model for me and I appreciate her always challenging me to become a better student and teacher. When I go to college I am going to miss having Mrs. Skomial as my teacher, but I will leave the class knowing I am a better person because of her.

Marcia Savino Posted over a year ago

Although my child is not in Mrs. Skomial's class, I have had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Skomial because she is the teacher liaison for the Parent-Teacher Organization. She is a very bubbly and happy person and willing to help when needed.

Chris Sirica Posted over a year ago

What a great educator and representation of MCST! Congrats on your nomination

Beth Anne Macdonald Posted over a year ago

As a mom, I could not be more excited to have Jennifer Skomial in my daughter's life not only as she begins her teaching journey but at the all important time of her teenage years. Jennifer brings a deeply felt passion to her work that is evident to all. I see my daughter growing each day within this amazing environment. As a high school student some 30 years ago now, I was lucky enough to have a "lifechanger" teacher of my own and I treasure the benefit of that and carry those lessons with me in my own work today. Brava Ms. Skomial!

Valentina Perrelli Posted over a year ago

Great Job Mrs. Skomial! Your students must be very proud of your work. Keep up the great work. What a recognition. Valentina Perrelli

cheryl maas Posted over a year ago

A wonderful teacher at a very competitive high school in New Jersey.

Hannah Smith Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial is the best teacher I have ever had because she makes me feel welcome in her classroom. Every class, I look forward to meeting with her and learning about the joys of education. She makes her students feel like the best versions of themselves. If it weren't for Mrs. Skomial, I would not be as confident or as intelligent as a student or a future educator. She changed my life as well as the lives of many of my classmates. She is also always willing to meet outside of class if needed to help her students succeed and be comfortable with the information they are learning. I could not have asked for a better and more inspiring teacher than Mrs. Skomial.

Hannah Smith Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Skomial is the best teacher I have ever had because she makes me feel welcome in her classroom. Every class, I look forward to meeting with her and learning about the joys of education. She makes her students feel like the best versions of themselves. If it weren't for Mrs. Skomial, I would not be as confident or as intelligent as a student or a future educator. She changed my life as well as the lives of many of my classmates. She is also always willing to meet outside of class if needed to help her students succeed and be comfortable with the information they are learning. I could not have asked for a better and more inspiring teacher than Mrs. Skomial.

Annette Brooks Posted over a year ago

It is difficult to put into words the effect Mrs Skomial has had on my daughter Emily. Emily went to Morris County School of Technology a young, nervous teen. Mrs Skomial has given her so much confidence in her teaching ability that she is leaving a confident future Special Education/Deaf Education teacher. She has made herself available to her students as a teacher, mentor, friend, and stand in parent when needed. Her guidance in their future academic endeavors as well as in life has been invaluable to all. She has not only taught them in the classroom, but has also taught them about giving back to the community by bringing them to Celebrate the Children, Diedre's House, Domestic Abuse shelters and food banks. As a parent, there aren't enough words to say thank you for all she does for her students.

Ashley Gaunt Posted over a year ago

I am not sure I know someone who is more passionate about her students and our school. She is always looking out for the future of the students and is more than willing to help them figure out a plan for what they want to become. I feel she is molding the lives of so many of our future educators and we are so lucky to know her !

Penny Manser Posted over a year ago

Jennifer Skomial has shown a remarkable passion for teaching. She is an exceptional teacher who inspires students and colleagues. Jen has that special something that makes a connection and lasting impression on her students. She continually hones her craft by pursuing opportunities for her own professional development as well as encouraging her colleagues to do the same. She always puts her students at the forefront of everything she does. She incorporates real work experiences for them through her Advisory Council and partnerships with other learning facilities. Her partnerships with general education and special education facilities, provide multiple learning opportunities and gives her students valuable connections with educators and specialist in the field of education and childcare. She cares for each student in and out of the classroom, and they know they always have her in their corner. Jen has created an environment of students eager to be teachers and change the lives of students from the example they have received. At Christmas, Jen and her students did the shopping and wrapping of gifts for a school family whose mother is struggling with cancer. Because of her example, her students embraced this opportunity to make a difference in the lives of this family. Jen has proven that the world can be changed one student at a time. She is a Lifechanger, and it is my pleasure to wholeheartedly nominate her for this award.

Colleen Pascale Posted over a year ago

Dear Committee, Mrs. Skomial is an excellent teacher and mentor. I am a new teacher in the district and she constantly provides support and guidance. She is a positive role model to students and staff. This nomination is well deserved. Colleen Pascale

Irene Fitzpatrick Posted over a year ago

Jennifer Skomial works to develop students with a high level of community involvement. Her 'red shirts' can be seen throughout our campus as they create educational and uplifting bulletin boards. These boards are a delight and add much to our campus culture of positivity, responsibility and respect.

Lynne Jackson Posted over a year ago

Dear Committee, It is truly an honor to recognize Jennifer Skomial as a nominee for the Life Changer of the Year Award. As her colleague of almost five years, I state with conviction that I have never worked with a more genuinely devoted teacher. Mrs. Skomial is innovative, creative, and collaborative. She consistently brings out the very best in her students and colleagues. In her first five years at Morris County School of Technology, Mrs. Skomial taught English. As per her supervisor, she hit the ground running implementing rigorous student-centered lesson plans meeting the needs of various types of learners to improve student achievement. Since September, 2013, Mrs. Skomial has been the teacher for the Academy of Education and Learning responsible for producing well-pointed students who continue their post-secondary studies in elementary education, secondary education, child psychology, social work and counseling. Tasked with this daunting and noble work, Mrs. Skomial is constantly reflecting on and refining her practice. She is vigilant in introducing her students to relevant and meaningful experiences inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to the theoretical coursework, students in all grade levels prepare lesson plans and teach in the on-site learning center. The Learning Center serves children three to five years of age, four days a week, for two hours a day. Student teachers conduct observations as well as track each child’s development over the course of the school year. Mrs. Skomial has partnered with the Goryeb Children’s Hospital, Deirdre’s House, Celebrate the Children, Lakeview Elementary School and other educational facilities so that her students can participate in off-site observations and broaden their perspectives on the field of education. All the while Mrs. Skomial brilliantly infuses the twelve Career Ready Practices and hones our students’ Twenty-First Century Learning Skills. Mrs. Skomial has been recognized by her colleagues and the administrative team as an exemplary teacher. She earned the distinction of being a Lead Teacher. In this critical role, Mrs. Skomial works with several teachers across diverse instructional areas assisting them with delivering high quality instruction. Novice and veteran teachers regularly seek her guidance on developing effective relationships with students, parents and colleagues, instilling high levels of student accountability, and creating authentic assessments to improve student achievement. As a leader, Mrs. Skomial has made the Lead Teacher role more dynamic and purposeful by creating/starting: the New Teacher Academy, a PLC Book Club, Pop-Up PD opportunities, the Dine ‘N Discuss concept, and an Educator Newsletter highlighting PD opportunities and resources. Mrs. Skomial serves on the Five-Year Strategic Planning Committee, attends PTO meetings as a teacher liaison, and has collaborated with almost every academy and trade program teacher at least once to implement interdisciplinary lessons. I respectfully encourage your committee to give serious consideration to naming Jennifer Skomial as a 2017-2018 Life Changer of the Year. Kindest regards, Lynne Jackson Principal