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Teacher of the Month Given to LVMS Educator

Matt Marciano's Change the World program receiving widespread recognition.

Matt Marciano thought a months-long project for his students to help the community would be worthwhile and teach sixth-graders about more than what comes in textbooks. 

What Marciano didn’t expect, however, was how his Change the World project would, essentially, begin to change the world.

The Long Valley Middle School social studies teacher implemented the community service project for his students four years ago and is gaining momentum statewide and in the world of educators.

On Oct. 28, Nov. 3, Dec. 2 and Dec. 8, a segment titled Classroom Closeup on NJTV (formerly NJN) will highlight Marciano and the Change the World program. Based on that program, a new publication, titled “Think Teachers Magazine” has named Marciano teacher of the month for his efforts with the Change the World program.

“It’s a real honor (to be named Teacher of the Month) as the magazine called me out of the blue after hearing about (Change the World),” Marciano said. “I’m so happy this project is spreading throughout the state, as I’d love to see more schools take part in this project to give back and help others.”

Students participating in the Change the World program go through a series of steps to carry out original proposals to give time and effort to a worthwhile cause of his or her choosing. Projects have ranged from holding soccer clinics for physically challenged students to writing books about standing up to bullying.

Marciano presented the Change the World program to the New Jersey Council for Social Studies last year and it “appears other teachers in districts across the state are interested in implementing their own version of (Chang the World),” Marciano said.

The social studies teacher was also recently asked to present the logistics of the program to a group of adults at a local church, he said.

Change the World is not just about the students and grades, of course. It’s about making a positive difference in the community and world.

“It’s my hope educators see it is never too early for students to make a positive difference in the lives of other people,” Marciano said. “It is my hope that this project will continue to spread to other schools and that other people continue to help others as a result of this project.”

The Classroom Closeup program will air on the above listed dates at 6:30a.m.,12:30 & 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 5:30 a.m.

stacie bohr October 24, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Bravo, Mr. Marciano! I am very grateful knowing that my twins Social Studies teacher engenders that same values that we try to teach and provide example for with our children. There is so much more to teaching than a book, a pencil and a grade. You are teaching humanity and decency. I am extremely grateful that you are a role model for our sons. Thank you! And a much deserved Congratulations!!
Minuteman Too October 25, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Has Mr. Marciano (any relation to Rocky?:)...put together a comprehensive list of the projects he had the students working on for the last four years? It would be interesting to see the span and scope of interests that they have addressedduring that time. I know that the local Veterans group, who try to visit as many schools as possible each year (through our "Living History" speakers program) to discuss the story of America and our impact on the world would welcome a chance to get involved with a program that sounds so ground-breaking. Forrest "Woody" Burgener Adjutant Post 1776 Washington Township
Lisa Typrowicz October 28, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Congrats to you, Mr. Marciano. You are truly an amazing teacher and it is wonderful to see you recognized for your efforts.

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