Congratulations to HES Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to HES Teacher of the Year!
Posted on 01/10/2017
This is the image for the news article titled Congratulations to HES Teacher of the Year! It is with great pleasure and honor that we recognize Denise Furda as our Highlands Elementary School Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017!

HES Principal Rosemary Schutz spoke of Mrs. Furda at the February 2017 Board of Education meeting,

"Mrs. Furda has been a long-time and valued faculty member for fifteen years, and has served as a music educator in which she has touched the lives of our students in so many ways. Throughout her tenure as HES’ music teacher, she has gone above and beyond her contracted responsibilities in order to provide the students with as opportunities to perform as possible. She works hard with her music students to make sure that they are receiving the best education possible, and also works to build lasting relationships with them.  In fact, several of her students have gone on and received degrees in music education because of her influence and inspiration to them in the classroom.

Mrs. Furda’s music program provides our students with both instrumental and choral instruction along with general music.  Truly, her music program at Highlands Elementary has become an integral part of our STEAM initiative.  She has enabled Highlands Elementary music students to be represented at many local and regional activities.  They have performed in town parades, choral concerts, the Bayshore Honors Band, programs at Monmouth University, Senior Citizen Luncheons, Veterans Breakfast and so many other venues.  One of her best performances with the students this year was the recent “85
th Anniversary Celebration”. She works tirelessly to make musical productions for the children and parents of our school community.  

Mrs. Furda has also been involved in the Highlands community, most notably working with HES teachers and staff to help the students whose homes were compromised by Hurricane Sandy. Mrs. Furda is not only a great teacher to the children, but she is also a great person to work with and a wonderful team player.  We are so proud to call Denise Furda, our 2017 Highlands Elementary Teacher of the Year."

         Mrs. Furda stated that “I feel a real affinity for children and love teaching. Music enhances life whether or not it becomes your career. I really care for my students, and am a good listener.  I treat each and every one as an individual, tailoring the work to suit each student. I love the fact that I teach general music, band and chorus, because that allows me to incorporate all three.”

Congratulations Mrs. Furda!  We are so proud to have you as part of our HES family!