Raymond Roe's unwavering commitment to his Toms River students earns him special recognition.

NJ Legislative District 10 Teacher of the Year Raymond Roe (c), flanked by Assemblyman Greg McGuckin (r) and state Senator Jim Holzapfel (l)

Roe's efforts at Walnut Street Elementary have vaulted him into the elite circle of teachers who have won the "Excellence in Education Award" from the shore's District 10 state lawmakers.

Roe became the 14th recipient of the honor this morning at the school, in the company of state Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin.

Teachers who win the coveted prize are judged on their dedication to quality instruction.

"Mr. Roe has established an admirable reputation at Walnut Street Elementary School where he excels in classroom management and supports his students learning in an enthusiastic and creative environment.  It is an honor to present the Fourteenth Annual Excellence in Education Award to such an outstanding educator," said Holzapfel in a prepared statement.

Wolfe added that Roe's school-related responsibilities beyond the classroom speak volumes about his support of students. "He has dedicated many personal hours to the Science Curriculum Committee, writing workshops, ESL learning and bullying workshops. He is a devoted teacher and valued member of the Walnut Street Elementary School staff," Wolfe said..

"Mr. Roe has proven to go above and beyond for his students and parents while earning the admiration of his fellow colleagues," said McGuckin. "He is a reflection of the outstanding level of education at the Toms River School District and the State of New Jersey.

Roe is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary's University, and is now working for a Master's degree in educational leadership at Kean University.