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ALUMNI NEWS: Jennifer Obrizan

A 2018 graduate of the Agriscience program at the East Brunswick Magnet School has returned as a student teacher eager to continue as an educator.

Jennifer Obrizan of Carteret graduated from Rutgers University with a double major in agriculture/food systems and plant biology. She will receive a master’s degree in science education from Rutgers in May.

“I’m also getting an endorsement to teach students with special needs,” she said.

She has been working with Agriscience teacher Kylie Naylor in the program’s new lab on the East Brunswick campus.

“I’m really enjoying it,” she said. “All the students are really great. They’ve been really receptive to my teaching.”

“Since I graduated from here, I feel it’s really easy to relate to the students and help them decide what they want to do after graduation.

“I was always thinking I wanted to work in the field of science. Agriculture appealed to me when I started to think about teaching. There is a national shortage of agriculture educators.”

Jennifer had been “tagged to teach agriculture” by her agriculture teacher at the East Brunswick Magnet School, Lisa Ann Moschera, who has since retired. Three current students have been similarly tagged, Jennifer said.

While in high school, Jennifer was a member of the National Technical Honor Society and salutatorian of her class.