OCEAN TOWNSHIP – John Terlecsky, a teacher at Ocean Township High School, was nominated by his colleagues and selected as one of the 24 teachers chosen for the Teachers Who Rock Award.
This award is sponsored by the NJEA and promoted through 95.9 The WRAT. The teachers selected were honored at a banquet at the Clarion Hotel in Toms River on April 9.
Terlecsky is the 12th grade AP Literature teacher. He not only prepares students for the AP exam but also collegiate level writing. He also teaches a required 9th grade Introduction to a writing course and public speaking elective.
He balances his dedication as a teacher and his dedication to coaching. He has been an Assistant Varsity Soccer coach since 2001 at Ocean Township, his alma mater. And for the last 5 seasons, he has been the Varsity basketball coach, where along with his dedicated staff, he has helped re-define the Spartan basketball program, which has captured 17 wins in each of the past two seasons and wins in both the Shore Conference and State tournament. Before the 2012 season, that feat was not accomplished at Ocean since the 1989-90 season, and now, Ocean has achieved it in successive seasons.
He was also named Star Ledger Monmouth County Coach of the Year for the 2012 season.