State names Rider senior Business Education Student Teacher of the Year

Alexis Esposito ’17 is seventh Rider student to recently be recognized by New Jersey

Business and marketing education major Alexis Esposito ’17  has much to celebrate this May. In addition to receiving her Bachelor of Science in business and marketing education, she will be honored as Business Education Student Teacher of the Year by the New Jersey Business/Technology Education Association (NJBTEA) at the State of New Jersey Department of Education’s Annual Recognition Ceremony on May 17.

The NJBTEA Student Awards recognize students for their outstanding contributions to business/technology education and business teacher education programs in New Jersey.

"We are proud of Alexis for winning this prestigious award,” says Sharon Sherman, dean of the College of Education and Human Services. “Rider has had seven New Jersey Distinguished Student Teachers over the past several years, and this new award confirms the quality of our graduates and the strength of our programs."

As part of the award, Esposito will receive free registration to the NJBTEA Spring Conference and $250 to mark her significant accomplishments.

During her time at Rider, Esposito has been an exemplary student and leader. She has made Dean’s list and has been a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Education Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kapa, a leadership honor society, and Order of Omega, a Greek honor society.

She has also participated in practicums as a student teacher with Hopewell Valley Regional High School in Hopewell, N.J., and Fisher Middle School, Ewing, N.J.

“I am very grateful for this award, for my professors and for all the opportunities given to me through Rider,” says Esposito. “I’m looking forward to applying all I have learned here by helping the next generation of high school students.”

The mission of the New Jersey Business/Technology Education Association is to serve as the advocate of business/technology education within the state and provide opportunities for professional growth leading to quality business/technology education programs.

Rider’s College of Education and Human Services prepares students to be effective educators. Rider was the first private New Jersey institution to hold the highest accreditation possible in teaching from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).