Summit teacher Lois Monti, 65, of Chatham, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 2.
The Summit Board of Education observed a minute of silence at its Thursday workshop meeting in honor of Monti, who spent 15 years teaching English as a Second Language to students at Jefferson School. She also worked as a learning disabilities teacher consultant with the Child Study Team during the summers.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nathan Parker said Monti helped hundreds of Summit children, often serving as the voice and advocate for those who could not speak for themselves. Parker expressed his condolences to the Jefferson community.
In 2013, the educator, who held Masters degrees in Spanish and Urban Studies, received the "Outstanding Teacher of the Year" Award at the Jefferson School for her dedication to her students.