2022 Exemplary Educators at East Windsor Regional School District

The goal of this 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.

Mrs. Trost has worked in the district for seven years as a second, third, and fourth-grade teacher.

Mrs. Trost said, “I feel so honored to have been recognized in such a meaningful way. As teachers, we just hope that the work we do is making a positive impact. I truly learn so much from my peers, students, and school leaders every day!”trost

Lori Emmerson, principal of Grace N. Rogers Elementary School said, “Mrs. Trost is an exceptional teacher who embodies the spirit of the New Jersey Exemplary Educator recognition program and is one of the most dedicated educators I’ve had the pleasure of working with.  The ability she has to deliver instruction that inspires, engages, and excites her students to learn is impressive and her willingness to open her classroom to and share her knowledge with colleagues makes her a well-respected staff member. She is truly deserving of this award

Mrs. Barbarise has taught for thirteen years and worked in the district for the past seven years as both a fifth-grade and first-grade teacher. 


Mrs. Barbarise said, “It truly is such an honor to have received this award, but I also believe it’s a true reflection of the wonderful educators we have here in East Windsor. This is not a job that can be done alone. Teachers need other teachers for collaboration and support.  I am so grateful for all of the wonderful educators I’ve been able to work with.  I’m also very thankful for the many families and students that continue to inspire and motivate me on a daily basis.”

Nicole Foulks, principal of Ethel McKnight Elementary School, said “Mrs. Barbarise is an outstanding educator who has all the qualities of an exemplary educator. Her passion for teaching and love for her students is evident each time you walk into her classroom. She is an active and valued member of our school community who is always willing to share her expertise.  She is truly deserving of this recognition.”

Mr. Mark Daniels, superintendent of East Windsor Regional School district said, "As superintendent, I am honored that the NJ Department of Education has recognized the exceptional educational talent that Mrs. Barbarise and Mrs. Trost exemplify as "exemplary educators" within our schools.  They truly serve as models of professionalism, who consistently engage, inspire, and are committed to addressing the needs of their students.  I also appreciate the leadership of Mrs. Emmerson and Ms. Foulks, for taking the time to celebrate the work of our educators, by recommending Mrs. Barbarise and Mrs. Trost for this honor."

Only 181 educators in the entire state this year are receiving this award.