Brick Teacher Honored With Prestigious State Award

Teacher Charles Pazmino was honored at the December Board of Education meeting. (Photo courtesy Brick Schools)

  BRICK – The school district announced Brick Township High School teacher Charles Pazmino as a recipient of the 2023 New Jersey Exemplary Educator Award.

  Pazmino, who’s been teaching at Brick schools for 20 years, was one of only 123 educators in the state to receive this recognition.

  The goal of the New Jersey Exemplary Educator Recognition Program is to “identify educators who are valued by their school and community and have exhibited strong knowledge and skills, an inspiring presence, and a clear vision for quality teaching and learning.”

  Pazmino is a social studies teacher, teaching courses such as AP Geography, Sociology, Western Civilization, and US History. Pazmino also constructed the Harry Potter, History, and Hogwarts Literary Criticisms Course, who he co-teaches with Lisa Stansbury.

  Additionally, Pazmino is the National Honor Society Advisor, the Mock Trial Advisor, The Class of 2025 Co-Advisor, The Coin Club Advisor, The Harry Potter Club Co-Advisor, The Politics Club Advisor, and the Boys Tennis Head Coach.

  Brick Township High School Principal Dr. David Kasyan described Pazmino as an optimistic, dedicated professional who fully engages his students in a positive, collaborative learning environment.

  “He validates student responses, which fosters a level of self-confidence and willingness to participate in learning. Mr. Pazmino is adept in understanding student influences and barriers to success, taking the time to connect with students on a personal level. His impact is felt beyond the classroom walls and students, colleagues, and parents throughout the learning organization benefit from Mr. Pazmino’s leadership,” Director of Curriculum Alyce Anderson said. “He advises multiple clubs and activities and is a leader in curriculum development. Always in pursuit of engaging his students, he initiated and wrote the curriculum for the Harry Potter course. It is for these reasons and many more that Mr. Pazmino is being honored as a NJ Exemplary Educator.”

  “Being named an Exemplary Educator by the NJ Dept. of Education is such an honor. I was super excited when I found out that I had received such a distinction. Selected as one of 123 Exemplary Educators for 2023 made me feel so very grateful. Grateful for my students, colleagues, administrators both at my school and at central administration; who have always supported me and praised me for my efforts to connect my students to the community and create an exceptional educational experience,” Pazmino said.