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Shawnee High School Teacher of the Year & Educational Services Professional of the Year

Shawnee High School has announced their Teacher of the Year and Educational Services Professional of the Year.

Medford, NJ – Shawnee High School proudly congratulates our Teacher of the Year, Renée Toliver, of the World Languages Department, and Educational Services Professional of the Year, Lauren Szemere of the Child Study Team.

Renée Toliver, in her eighteenth year as a Spanish Teacher at Shawnee, has been the head coach of the field hockey team for the past fifteen years and co-advises the Class of 2022.

She also serves on the “VOICES” committee at Shawnee (Various Opportunities for Instructional Cooperative Experiences and Support), where she leads “Collegiality Café’s”, which are opportunities for staff members to run short professional development sessions for other staff members.

She also earned her Master’s Degree in Spanish Language & Culture from the University of Salamanca in Spain.

Lauren Szemere has sixteen years of experience in education, including the last six in her current role as Learning Disabilities Teaching Consultant at both Cherokee and Shawnee.

Lauren works to support teachers, students, and families in academic, social, and emotional learning and currently serves on the Intervention and Referral Services team.

Photo of Shawnee Educational Services Professional of the Year Lauren Szemere credit: Christian Hochenberger


The Lenape Regional High School District’s four high schools – Lenape, Shawnee, Cherokee, and Seneca – as well as the Sequoia Alternative Program, educate approximately 6,800 students from eight communities in Burlington County, NJ.

The communities served include Evesham, Medford, Medford Lakes, Mount Laurel, Shamong, Southampton, Tabernacle, and Woodland.

The Lenape Regional District is among the highest-achieving districts
in the state, with an average graduation rate of 96% and an average combined SAT score of 1144.

A leader in progressive education, the LRHSD’s mission is to develop physically and emotionally healthy students who excel in an ever-changing world.

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