I got nominated for a what?!?

As I was falling asleep last night, this happened…

I was speechless.  I was excited.  I was nominated for something that’s WAY out of my league after seeing who else is in the category. With all due respect, I am no where near the likes of Joe Sanfelippo, Scott Rocco, Tim Purnell, and everyone else that’s been nominated.

Thanks Chris; this means a lot. At the very least, I plan on heading down and celebrating with everyone come September (side-note: Tom & Gwen – I went to school in DC… albeit a while back, I am still familiar with Street names and venues.)


Jay Eitner has been nominated  for Honors in the Category of Superintendent of the Year  at THE 2014 Annual Bammy Awards.

Supporters can vote online to help recognize  the contributions to the education community that led to the selection of Jay for this prestigious education community honor at http://www.bammyawards.org.

Lower Alloways Creek, NJ: Jay Eitner announced today that he has been nominated for honors in the category of Superintendent of the Year at the 2014 Annual Bammy Awards.

Presented by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences, the Bammy Award is a cross-discipline award recognizing the contributions of educators from across the education field.

“All across the nation, nominees like Jay Eitner are doing some pretty amazing things to educate our children often under very difficult circumstances.  Students are not the only ones who need validation. More than ever before, educators need to be validated and the stories about what’s going right in American education need to be told,” said Errol St. Clair Smith, executive producer of the Bammy Awards. “We are delighted to be part of this collaborative, nationwide effort.”

Honorees will be announced on September 27th at a red-carpet event in Washington, D.C. The Bammy Awards are presented by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences, which includes leading educators, education professors, journalists, editors, researchers, commentators, advocates,  activists, visionaries and pioneers. The Academy is comprised of a board of governors, a council of peers and the executive committee.

About Jay Eitner:

Jay Eitner is a proud product of the New Jersey public schools.  A graduate from Union High School in 1997, Jay attended The American University in Washington DC with a BA in interdisciplinary studies. He began his teaching career in Roselle, NJ teaching a variety of subjects, including social studies, computers, and literacy. Known for being ‘outside of the box’ and for strong technology infusion, Eitner strived to make a learning environment that was both student centered and data driven.  Jay received his Masters Degree in 2004 and was hired to teach 8th grade social studies in the nationally recognized East Brunswick Public Schools. During his time in East Brunswick, Eitner has written & received over $140,000 in grants for his students.  Grants ranged from podcasting equipment to creating a fully-interactive gold-rush experience, where students dug for gold during their westward expansion unit. Jay obtained his supervisor, principal, and school administrator certificates from the NJPSA NJ-EXCEL program in 2009.   Administratively, Eitner has served as a middle school Assistant Principal, a K-12 Supervisor of Social Studies, and currently serves as a Superintendent for The Lower Alloways Creek School District.  He has presented a series of workshops on digital leadership, technology infusion, and student achievement for grades K-12.

Jay’s blog can be found at jayeitner.com and can be followed on Twitter under the name @iSuperEit.

About the Bammy Awards:

The Bammy Awards is a cross-discipline award that identifies and acknowledges the good work being done all across the education village. The Bammy Awards was created in response to the tremendous national pressure on educators and education leaders to improve student outcomes, the impact of high stakes accountability and the intense scrutiny that today’s educators face.

The awards aim to foster cross-discipline recognition of the collective contributions being made to educate children, encourage collaboration in and across the various domains, elevate education and education successes in the public eye, and raise the profile and voices of the many undervalued and unrecognized people who are making a difference in the field.

 The Bammy Awards is organized by BAM Radio Network, which produces education radio shows for the nation’s leading education associations.

I’d appreciate your vote if you have a minute to spare.  Onward!

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