Ms. Contreras is in her 8th year as a 5th Grade teacher in Lake Tract Elementary. She is a proud graduate of Deptford High School and a resident of Deptford Township. She earned her BA in Psychology from Rutgers College, New Brunswick. Her first career began in business. After working in telecommunications in a Sales/Sales Management capacity, she desired to work in a career that had more reward and purpose. TEACHING! She went back to school and received a Masters in Education. Ms. Contreras enjoys being outside walking/hiking, the beach, reading and cooking. She loves her job! She enjoys working with the students, staff and colleagues throughout Lake Tract and Deptford Township. Ms. Contreras is also a building mentor for teachers. She believes; “high expectations, a positive, can-do attitude with varied, relevant practice leads to personal as well as academic success.” Ms. Contreras is the proud parent of Dominique and Michael, and an even prouder grandparent of her 2 1/2 year old grandson, Orion. Favorite quotes; “Be the change you wish to see…” AND “Be here now…”
2017-2018 Teacher of the Year.. Jessica Gablin
2017-2018 Lake Tract ESP.. Janice Brown
2016-2017 Teacher of the Year.. Rachel Contreras
2016-2017 Lake Tract ESP.. Victor Straub
Mr. Straub has been a Deptford Spartan all his life. As a student, he was enrolled in Central Elementary School, Lake Tract Elementary School, Monongahela Middle School, and Deptford Township High School. Afterwards he received his BA from Rowan University and shortly thereafter pursued a career in education. He was hired by Deptford Township School District in December of 2012 to be a one on one aide. The following school year Mr. Straub began work as an Instructional Aide in the 5/6 LD Classroom in Good Intent School alongside Rita Hellerman and later Dana Huder. In September 2015 he returned to the school he originally attended as a student, Lake Tract Elementary, and worked alongside Rita Hellerman once again and has been there since. As a lifelong fan of all things pop culture, he was influenced by the teachings of George Feeny and Albus Dumbledore, as well as the amazing teachers in the Deptford School System. He hopes to someday be a full time teacher and lead his own classroom.