About 22 years ago, my son Brian was finishing his education degree at Trenton State College and was assigned Joan Oszvart as his supervising teacher at Sharon School. Brian adored working with her from day one. He didn’t just learn how to teach sixth grade math, but learned how to make math exciting for students, how to help them reach their full potential, and how to be an advocate for your student.

“This is the kind of school for you,” he’d tell me every day. “They really believe in their students and do the best for them. Mom, they think like you.” He loved Sharon School so much that several times a week we treated teachers to homemade quiches, cheesecakes, breads and cookies. Brian flourished under the guidance of Joan and the sixth grade team members. When I learned that there was a position open at Sharon School, I wrote my cover letter and resume, and began my quest to be a Robbinsville teacher.

At that time, there was a continual change in superintendents in the district. Each time I called to find the status of my resume, there was another name to address my letter of intent to. Every time I heard of an administrative change, another resume would go out. By the time I was hired, they found over a dozen resumes and cover letters from me. I wanted to teach in Robbinsville.

Finally, I was called in for an interview with then-principal Arnette Peterson. One of her interview questions to me was, “Why do you want to teach at Sharon Elementary School?” My answer simply was that I could just feel the love and caring in the school as soon as I walked through the front door. This is where I wanted to teach.

Twenty-one years have passed since that day. I have taught over 600 students in Robbinsville, worked with 1,200 parents, been introduced to countless aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters. I have worked with teachers in all subject areas in all three schools. I have met many dedicated board of education members at many meetings.

Now, 21 years later, I have the same answer to that interview question. I can still feel the love and caring throughout the district schools. We are all working together to give our students the best education possible. The Robbinsville School District is still a family. There is a special bond here in the Robbinsville Schools which will never leave, no matter how large the district becomes, and no matter where our future may take us.

— Linda Biondi
Biondi retired from teaching in June after two decades in Robbinsville Schools.