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October 2023 Teacher and Coach of the Month

We are excited to announce the winners of our first ever Teacher and Coach of the Month award! This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of one teacher and one coach who have gone above and beyond to support our students in their academic and athletic pursuits. It is part of our ongoing mission to level the playing field which includes celebrating and appreciating the educators and mentors who make a difference in our students' lives. And we couldn't think of a better place to start than the hometown of our founders, New Egypt. The award recipients each received a certificate, Ballers & Bookworms t-shirt, a commemorative mug, and a $50 gift card courtesy of All-Star Speedway Bagels and Charleston Coffee House in New Egypt, NJ. Without further ado, let us introduce you to our Teacher and Coach of the Month for October 2023.


Juliet Pender holding her Teacher of the Month gift basket

Juliet Pender

Mrs. Pender is a math teacher at New Egypt High School who is consistently described as having an unwavering dedication and care for her students. With her Masters of Education from Rutgers, she has taught various levels of math during her 16 year tenure at New Egypt.



Steven Fence holding his Coach of the Month gift basket

Steven Fence

Coach Fence, New Egypt High School’s head football coach, has repeatedly cared for and worked with student-athletes to pursue their ambitions and goals on the field. He has coached at the high school level for over 23 years, most notably at New Egypt where he won a division title.


Please join us in congratulating our October 2023 award recipients! Ballers & Bookworms will be announcing a Teacher and Coach of the Month for the remainder of the school year and there are multiple ways you can help us recognize these outstanding educators:

  1. Consider a donation so we can keep handing out gifts to our winners

  2. Contact us and recommend a teacher or coach in New Jersey who has made an impact in your life or your children's

  3. Forward this email to a friend and share the love of these hardworking teachers and coaches

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