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Susan Wolff Wins RMS Teacher of the Year

 

Congratulations to Randolph Middle School's Teacher of the Year Susan Wolff. Ms. Wolff has taught math at RMS since January of 2016. She teaches courses in Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra I Honors, and Understanding Sports through Statistics. Ms. Wolff attended The University of Massachusetts Amherst where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a minor in Education. She has also received her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University. Ms. Wolff is currently working on certifications which would allow her to explore administrative opportunities in the future.

 

Ms. Wolff has collaborated with the elementary, middle, and high school supervisory teams to write and revise the district’s math curriculum. In 2017, she brought STEM for Girls to RMS where she has served as the advisor ever since. She is also a facilitator for Girls Who Code which is a national program whose mission is to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does.

 

She has interned directly with RMS administration collaborating to set the science vision with the STEM supervisor. Ms. Wolff has also facilitated anti-bullying programs and has worked with building leadership teams on improvement plans for RMS. She has also participated on a number of committees and task forces. These opportunities have included Education Committee, Capstone Interdisciplinary Project Committee, STEAM Family Planning Night Committee, and Personalized Learning Platform Committee.

 

Prior to Randolph, she worked as a math instructor for John Hopkin’s Center for Talented Youth in New York City where she taught advanced 4th grade students. She was also an instructional aide for Spectrum 360 in Verona, NJ where she co-taught math topics to middle school students on the autism spectrum.

 

Ms. Wolff’s teaching philosophy is inspired by the district’s commitment to educate the whole child. “I have always wanted to help others ever since I was a young child. I have admired the role a teacher can play in the development of children and the positive impact this can have throughout their lives.”

 

In her own classroom, she uses this vision and mindset to design lessons that are hands-on and project based. Ms. Wolff challenges her students to apply their knowledge and to see the impact that mathematics can have in the real world. “My own personal goal as a teacher is for all of my students to be able to make connections between the math and life skills they are learning in my classroom. My greatest accomplishment as a teacher is to create a safe and happy learning environment where all of my students are able to apply what they are learning and feel empowered.”

 

She has been guided to teach because of the impact she can create for students. Ms. Wolff recognizes the role that she plays and rises to the occasion to ensure that every student is equipped with the knowledge and the agency to thrive. “All I ever wanted to do in my life was become a teacher. I feel extremely lucky to be able to do the work that I get to do here in the Randolph. When my students come back to visit and I hear about all of their accomplishments in school and in life, I know that I am doing what I was meant to do.”

 

Randolph Township Schools is proud to have Ms. Wolff supporting the success of students. Thank you for all that you do in your classroom and for your building.

 

Congratulations on becoming the next Randolph Middle School Teacher of the Year!