Outstanding Teacher of the Month – September 2021


Our Employee of the Month is Jeanette Porsello from Hilltop School in New Jersey.

Jeanette is a teacher completely dedicated to her students. She has so many creative ideas and willingly shares them with others. Over the pandemic she worked hard and delivered a wonderful experience to all her students.

Many parents have let us know just how thankful they are for Jeanette and for make their lives a bit easier last year!

Jeanette, thank you for being such an outstanding employee and teacher!

To show our appreciation for your dedication and hard work – please check your email this week for a special gift card.


My name is Jeanette Porsello. I retired four years ago after a long career in Marketing as a Senior Project Manager.  After retirement I decided to embark on a new career working with children. My first position was for the Hopatcong school district as a teacher’s assistant. I also worked as a summer camp instructor teaching hand crafts and machine sewing.  I joined the Apollo team as an Educator over three years ago. I also work at Hilltop Elementary School as a teacher’s assistant. I have a busy life and enjoy every moment.  

Teaching Tip:  

My best tip for working with children is to listen when they speak and invest time in getting to know them.  

  1. Who are you, where do you come from, where are you going?
I’m a wife, mother, and grandmother. I lived and worked in New York, San Francisco, and eventually New Jersey   

  1.   What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned since you started teaching?
The most valuable lesson I learned as a teacher is to be supportive and patient.

  1. How do you motivate your students to succeed?
I believe recognizing a child’s accomplishments builds their confidence and helps them reach their goals.

  1. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
My superpower of choice would be a healer/protector. 

  1. What is your most memorable memory from your time as an Apollo instructor?
There are many but the one’s that stand out are when I receive a personal note or drawing from a child. These are gifts from the heart and they matter the most to me.

  1. If you could retire tomorrow and never have to worry about money again, what would you do with your time?
I wouldn’t change a thing.

  1. What’s your go-to technique for dealing with ‘handful students’?
I learned from my mother that busy hands stay out of trouble. Giving children responsibility builds their confidence and keeps them focused on the task at hand.

  1. What is an unusual place you have been to?
As a child I visited Niagara Falls, I thought it was the most amazing thing. 

  1. Do you have a talent that not many people know about?
My father once told me I have a talent for taking something old and making it look beautiful. 

  1. What’s your #1 teaching tip?
Number one teaching tip is don’t take yourself too serious and enjoy every moment.

  1. What’s your favorite classroom Attention Getter? 
I was given a whistle by the school and found it really works.

  1. What is something interesting that you’re involved in, outside of Apollo After School?
I have a koi pond which takes up a lot of my time. I love nature and have a house filled with plants.

  1. How do you spend your summer breaks?
Before the pandemic I taught in a summer camp. Since the pandemic I’ve spent time with my granddaughters and worked on house projects.

  1. Star Wars, Star Trek, or they’re both lame?
Star Trek!

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