Title: Retired Teacher/Artist
Company: William C. McGinnis Middle School
Location: Matawan, New Jersey, United States
Geraldine “Jill” Fishman, retired teacher and artist at William C. McGinnis Middle School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in educational services.
The first member of her family to attend college, Ms. Fishman earned a Bachelor’s degree in education at Hunter College at the urging of her father, who felt that education was an ideal career path for women. Despite her initial hesitance, Ms. Fishman soon realized her passion for teaching and love for working with children, and she would spend the next 46 years teaching a variety of ages and subjects before her retirement in 2010. She began her career in New Jersey’s Carteret School District working with fifth-grade students with special behavioral and emotional needs, where she was able to help her students find the in-classroom support they needed to achieve academically. Later in her career, Ms. Fishman taught fifth- and sixth-grade history and language arts, including classes with a focus on academically gifted students.
As a muralist and lifelong visual artist, Ms. Fishman was able to bring a number of creative, interdisciplinary projects to her students, including projects writing to politicians, and a large quilt including signatures from former President Bill Clinton. She was nominated for Teacher of the Year several times and ended her career at William C. McGinnis Middle School after working with and empowering thousands of children with her creative instructional strategies. Ms. Fishman credits her success to her personality, her commitment to teaching “outside the books,” and her conviction that all children are unique individuals capable of learning with the right support.
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