Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Woods Honored As Outstanding Educator

Pi Mu Omega member, Syeda Woods received the College of New Jersey Outstanding Educator Award on April 26, 2007. Out of 1500 entries, 9 were selected and honored. Woods was among the nine to be honored that evening. Each year the college asks ALL freshmen to write an essay about an educator who has had an impact on the student's life. They are then read and judged by a panel of professionals from across campus. They then select a small number of educators to honor based upon the students' writing. Woods was also honored by Chapter #33 Order of Eastern Star on May 20, 2007. An appreciation dinner was held at Cater 2U for Christian Women in the Gospel.

Woods is vice-principal at John Fenwick School in Salem, NJ. She attended Trenton State College (now known as The College of New Jersey) on a full academic scholarship in which she received her Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in African-American Studies. Additionally, she has recently completed graduate school at The College of New Jersey with a Master of Education Degree in School Leadership. Prior to her promotion as vice-principal, she served in the Salem Middle School as a 7th & 8th grade literacy arts teacher, a mentor, counselor, basketball coach. She is also the founder of “Teenage Girls in Transition.” In her teaching career, she has also received Teacher of the Month and Teacher of the District Awards along with a rich history of success in coaching, leading the middle school girls’ basketball team to 5 consecutive tri-county championships and assisting the high school girls’ basketball team in winning their first ever in school’s history South Jersey Group 1 State Championship. Woods has also served as the Secretary on the Board of Directors of the Credit Union for Salem County Teachers and Liaison for Salem Teacher’s Association/Board of Education.

She is a present member of:

  • Pi Mu Omega in Willingboro, NJ
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Salem Branch
  • National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE)
  • New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA)
  • National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)

She also serves as an evangelist and Associate Minister at Soul Saving Center also in Salem. Woods has a television broadcast called, True Holiness Ministries which airs Friday mornings on WBPH 8:00-8:30AM with Global Media. She has been recently appointed the chairperson of the National Young People’s Department Executive Council of Mt. Sinai Holy Church of America, Inc.

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