Updated: Jul 15, 2021
SEF honors Carolyn Kiley as the 2021 Nora Radest Award recipient, an award established in 2013 to recognize a teacher or administrator who has submitted grants through the SEF process and, in so doing, has greatly enriched the classroom environment and served as a role model to others in the district.
Carolyn Kiley has been making a difference in the lives of students since she started teaching for Summit Public Schools fresh out of graduate school in 1998. Although a majority of her career has been in the Primary Centers' resource center, she has also spent time at Jefferson, Lincoln-Hubbard and Washington elementary schools. Over the years, Carolyn has been integral to SEF grants that funded a summer kindergarten program, expanded our ideas of what computer-based instruction could be, and this past year, provided new books for ALL of Summit’s kindergarteners to ensure exceptional learning would continue during quarantine and social distancing.
When receiving the award, Carolyn commented “During a year when many teachers across the country returned to their classroom feeling uncertain, unsupported and just scared, the SEF’s commitment to supplying the teachers of Summit with the thing we needed to serve our students was not only vital to our success but communicated the deep care and love that the Summit community has for its schools and teaching staff.”
Please join us in celebrating Carolyn and all that she brings to our Summit community. To learn more about the Summit Educational Foundation visit www.SEFNJ.org