SOMERS POINT – School District Superintendent Tom Baruffi had reason to smile at the Nov. 21 Somers Point Board of Education meeting as three district teachers were recognized for being named 2016 exemplary educators.

Alyson Carroll, a preschool handicapped teacher at the New York Avenue School, was recommended by Principal Kimberly Tucker.

Wilkinson Clay Smith, a fourth-grade teacher at the Dawes Avenue School, was nominated by Principal Doreen Lee.

At the Jordan Road School, second-grade teacher Joan Timmons was nominated for the award by Principal Susan Dugan.

In February, districts across the state were offered the chance to submit the names of outstanding elementary educators (prekindergarten through fifth grade) who have at least five years in the district. Educators were nominated from their buildings for displaying exceptional educational talent as evidenced by effective instructional practices and student learning results in the classroom and in the school, and educational accomplishments that go beyond the classroom and are models of excellence.

“We are really very excited about our teachers being recognized for their performance as educators. We know they do a good job and they are worthy of this award,” Baruffi said.