Top New Jersey educator is former District 9 student

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A former District 9 student recently received  a top education honor in the state of New Jersey.

Libby (Schmele) Vino was honored recently as New Jersey’s Non-Public Teacher of the Year. She is a middle school math, spirituality and humanities teacher at All Saints Episcopal Day school in Hoboken, N.J. In addition to her teaching assignments, Vino’s guidance with the schools “Eco Saints” Environmental club last year won a $10,000 prize as a finalist in the nationwide Lexus Eco Challenge. This paved the way for the Hoboken City Council to consider new policies on plastic bags.

Vino has been at All Saints for 10 of her 12 years as a teacher. She is focused on the school’s mission, which was what originally found her wanting to be part of the school.
The mission: “the determination to do one’s best; the discipline and integrity to be successful in school and in life; a responsibility for this planet and gratitude for its beauty, a developed sense of one’s own spirituality through social action and service, and sincere love of learning.”

Vino also researched, designed and wrote the school’s fifth-grade curriculum and helped with the sixth and eighth grade curriculum. The school currently has 190 students. Over the past four years she has been part of their expansion program, one grade at a time.

In a report from the Hoboken Patch, she said her work in the expansion has allowed her to be part of everything from choosing textbooks to writing a curricula to developing a student manual.

Vino and her husband have two children, a boy and girl, ages two and four. She sings soprano in the All Saints Episcopal church choir, is a faculty advisor assisting with the Hoboken Homeless Shelter, serves as a faculty advisor for Saint Matthews Lunchtime Ministry and can be found working in the Jesus’ Name Emergency Food Pantry, according to information from All Saint’s school.

“I am happy to be in private education,” said Vino, who also acknowledges the role of public education.

Vino attended School District 9 for several years. She recalls as a 2nd grader having her picture taken with a senator that visited school. She and the senator were featured in the Independent. Vino graduated from Beaverton High School in 1994. She graduated from New York University and from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.

Vino’s mother, Suzann Schmidt, and her father, Craig Schmele, will be remembered by many for their involvement in the community and in education.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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