Year Nominations Type Name of Awardee Award Title Discipline Title Nominating Organization School City County Art Teacher Address
2020 Student Daniel Son All-State Orchestra Music New Jersey Music Educators Association Ridgewood High School Ridgewood Bergen Kristi Geronimo 627 E Ridgewood Ave, , Ridgewood, NJ, 07450, US
2020 Leader Kristy Lopez Claire Flanagan Award Art Educator Art Educators of New Jersey Liberty Middle School Newark Essex N/A
2020 Student Amber Ruffin Musical Group Theatre NJ Thespians Cicely Tyson School of Performing Arts  East Orange Essex terri.gorgone@eastorange.k12.nj.us 35 Winans Street, , East Orange, NJ, 07017, US
2020 Student Jaden Urso Senior Scholarship Theatre STANJ Northern Valley Demarest Closter Bergen N/A
2020 Student Nicolas Stewart Musical Group Theatre NJ Thespians Cicely Tyson School of Performing Arts  East Orange Essex terri.gorgone@eastorange.k12.nj.us 35 Winans Street, , East Orange, NJ, 07017, US
2020 Student Brenden Peraza Visual Arts Visual Arts NJ State Conference of the NAACP ACT-SO Program Memorial High School West New York Hudson Deborah Smith Gregory 800 South 11th St., , Newark, NJ, 07108, US
2020 Leader John Perillo   The George DiBuono Recognition Award Art Educator Art Educators of New Jersey Hightstown High School East Brunswick Mercer N/A
2020 Student Stephany Santiago Student Award for Artistic Excellence and Leadership in Dance Dance Dance New Jersey County Prep High School Jersey City Hudson Heather Warfel Sandler 525 Montgomery Street, , Jersey City, NJ, 07302, US
2020 Leader David Marconi Outstanding Teacher Theatre STANJ Cranford High School Kenilworth Union N/A
2020 Student Larissa Leigh Costume Construction Theatre NJ Thespians Robbinsville High School Robbinsville Mercer Allison Sussman Robbinsville High School, 155 Robbinsville Edinburg Road, Trenton, NJ, 08691, US
2020 Student Anaïs St. Amant High School Scholarship Award Fine Arts Art Educators of New Jersey Nutley High School Nutley Essex Theresa Lappostato 70 Evergreen Drive, , Nutley, New Jersey, 07006, US
2020 Student Jamilah Hyman Visual Arts Photography NJ State Conference of the NAACP ACT-SO Program Bordentown Regional High School Bordentown, Burlington N/A
2020 Leader Nicole Snodgrass Master Music Teacher Music New Jersey Music Educators Association Cherokee High School Collingswood Burlington 120 Tomlinson Mill Road, , Marlton, NJ, 08053, US
2020 Student Brianna Isabella Castro Student Award for Artistic Excellence and Leadership in Dance Dance Dance New Jersey Morris County School of Technology Dover Morris Lisa Peluso 400 E Main Street, , Denville, NJ, 07834, US
2020 Student Jonathan Levy Comedic Pair Theatre STANJ Pinelands Regional High School Tuckerton Ocean Bart Difrancia N/A
2020 Leader Steve Runk Distinguished Service Award Leader Young Audiences Arts for Learning NJ & Eastern PA n/a Princeton n/a N/A
2020 Leader Dr. Darlene Russell NJCTE's English Teacher of the Year Leader New Jersey Council of Teachers of English n/a Yorktown Heights William Paterson University N/A
2020 Leader Louis Mofsie on behalf of Thunderbird American Indian Dacners Arts Education Award Performing Artist - Teaching Artist Young Audiences Arts for Learning n/a Maywood Cook N/A
2020 Leader Andrea Colby Distinguished Service Award N/A Young Audiences Arts for Learning Nj & Eastern PA n/a  Metuchen Middlesex N/A
2020 Student Janae Owens Musical Group Theatre NJ Thespians Cicely Tyson School of Performing Arts  East Orange Essex terri.gorgone@eastorange.k12.nj.us 35 Winans Street, , East Orange, NJ, 07017, US
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The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education began in 1980 to promote awareness and appreciation of the arts, recognizing the creativity, talent and leadership of the award winners. Each year, awards are presented to approximately 20 educators and 80 students. National and statewide organizations select the students for their exemplary work in creative writing, speech, dance, music, theatre and visual arts and the leaders for their exceptional commitment and contribution to arts education. The program also recognizes arts educators and arts education advocates, whose leadership has helped nurture the development of students in the arts across the state.

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The Governor’s Awards event is a partnership of the Arts Ed NJ, the Department of Education, Art Pride New Jersey Foundation, the Department of State and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by: the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics; Art Educators of New Jersey; Art Administrators of New Jersey; Dance New Jersey; New Jersey Council of Teachers of English; New Jersey Speech and Debate League; New Jersey Music Educators Association; New Jersey Performing Arts Center; Writer's Theatre of New Jersey; Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey; New Jersey Thespians and Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. The cooperating organizations, award sponsors and individual members of the planning council dedicate their time to make sure that excellence in the arts is rewarded, and work tirelessly throughout the year to plan this special event. The Governor's Awards in Arts Education ceremony are a major collaborative effort of the arts, education and state government.