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Erin Kubach: Hoboken High School 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year

Erin Kubach, an art teacher at Hoboken High School, began her teaching career in the Parsippany School District. She is currently teaching Art for her fourth year in the Hoboken School District.

Erin Kubach, an art teacher at Hoboken High School, began her teaching career in the Parsippany School District. She is currently teaching Art for her fourth year in the Hoboken School District.

Her love for learning was what originally influenced her to become a teacher. Attending and graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Fashion Institute of Technology, Ms. Kubach was introduced to a group of highly successful professionals who ignited her passion for teaching. It was then that she knew she wanted to introduce students to all of the amazing careers that the art world has to offer.

Each of the projects Ms. Kubach assigns in her classroom focuses on a new career in art as well as an extensive background of a famous artist. The students create work they are surprised to call their own. Along with displaying the students work throughout the school and community, she also showcases her students’ work on an annual basis in the Hudson County Alliance of Teen Arts and the NJASBO Conference.

Her Art One and Art Two students’ work is proudly displayed at the school’s annual International Baccalaureate Art Show. Ms. Kubach is a member of the NAEA and served on the HHS Visual and Performing Arts Committee.

This year Ms. Kubach introduced Ceramics as a new class to the art department. She created a Ceramics classroom that is in the style of a working studio, where students function in the classroom as if they were in their own personal studio.

Ms. Kubach spends most of her free time outside of the classroom with students from the high school, with the many extracurricular activities that she advises.

Not only has she brought Hoboken students on hikes in the woods in New York State with the Sierra Club, Ms. Kubach has also brought a group of students to San Francisco to take part in a National Harvard Model Congress Debate for the past three years, coached Varsity Boys and Girls Tennis as both an assistant and head coach, and advised the high school Art Club.

Ms. Kubach also took over the Ski Club, where she will bring students on four after school trips to learn how to ski and snowboard, both lifelong healthy sports. She runs the Gay Straight Alliance in our school to help keep our school climate positive, and to keep our student population informed. The amount of effort and involvement she has in these clubs is a direct reflection of her passion for learning and passion for teaching her students about life. Ms. Kubach is a firm believer that teaching is the best avenue for continued learning. Accordingly, her passion for learning shows in her utmost desire to teach her students both in and out of the classroom. Ms. Kubach is currently furthering her education by attaining her Masters in Arts in Educational Leadership at St. Peter’s University.

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