Title: Science Supervisor (Retired)
Company: Millburn School District
Location: New Providence, New Jersey, United States
Leonard C. Blessing, former science supervisor for the Millburn School District, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in secondary education.
Driven, caring and intelligent, Mr. Blessing celebrates a four-decade-long career that has been marked by countless students whose lives have been shaped for success. During his career, he taught more than 3,000 high school students, all of whom Mr. Blessing took a personal interest in to ensure they were being inspired and developed to be the best future professional that they could be. He was more than a teacher to many of them – he was also a mentor and a friend. When asked of the highlights of his career, Mr. Blessing notes that hearing from former students who have gone on to find success in their lives is by far the greatest gratification he has received from his work. Now retired, Mr. Blessing concluded his career as a science supervisor for Millburn School District, where he previously served as the science department head and teacher of biology and chemistry. In total, he dedicated 36 years of his career to the district.
In addition to his work inside the classroom, Mr. Blessing is regarded for his involvement in his professional community. He is a fellow and member of the international committee for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He served as chairman of the international committee for the National Association of Biology Teachers, and president of the New Jersey Science Teachers Association. In recognition of his professional excellence, he was the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, including a Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award, a Bob Ryder Outstanding Sportsmanship Award, a Plaque of Appreciation from the New Jersey Science League, an Outstanding Administrator Award from the New Jersey Science Supervisors Association, and a special citation scroll from the New Jersey Science Teacher Association, among several others. As he looks to the future, Mr. Blessing intends to continue enjoying his retirement through his hobbies of writing, playing the piano, playing bridge, and taking part in initiatives with his church.
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