Art teacher Richard Heckman was recently named as Sandshore’s Teacher of the Year. Mr. Heckman was honored with the winners from the district’s five other schools at a recent Board of Education meeting. He also received a certificate from the state recognizing his achievement. 

Mr. Heckman has been with the district for 12 years. He worked at Mount Olive High School for five years where he taught video production and graphic arts. While there, he helped design the current t.v. production facilities. 

He came to Sandshore in 2009 and immediately found his niche working with younger students.

“I love working with kids at this level,” said Mr. Heckman. “They have such fresh minds and an incredible energy level. I get an opportunity to give them a real foundation in art and help develop their appreciation of all different types of art.” 

The Teacher of the Year was nominated for his award by secretary Diane Mainiero and the school’s 2015 Teacher of the Year, physical education teacher Kit Thompson.

“Mr. Heckman holds high expectations for all of his students,” Ms. Thompson wrote in her nomination letter. “He introduces projects that he thoroughly researches and that captivate students, encouraging them to rise to the occasion and produce some really special results. Since his move to Sandshore School he has introduced tile making, various kinds of sculpture, projects based on the work of world famous artists, weaving, paper mache, and my favorite, portraits of the U.S. presidents…

“Sandshore students and staff are very lucky to have such a caring, dedicated professional as part of the family.”

Mr. Heckman holds a bachelor’s in art from Kean University. Prior to arriving in Mount Olive, he spent five years teaching in Sparta.

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