By Patricia KellerWEST MILFORD ‑‑ A West Milford High School teacher has been named Passaic County Teacher of the Year, Schools Superintendent Dr. Alex Anemone announced recently.Nicole Petrosillo, who teaches language arts, was chosen for the honor by a panel of administrators, teachers, parents, and local/county/state education association representatives.She will move on to the next round of interviews for consideration for the title of State Teacher of the Year.Petrosillo said she was "extremely honored to have been nominated first for high school teacher of the year by my amazing colleagues."Her fellow teachers, she said, "are truly the most talented in the profession." She added that the supervisor and administrators have always supported all her endeavors and have encouraged to be "innovative and creative in the classroom.""I am proud to represent my district and our county, and I give many thanks to my family and friends for loving me, and to my students, for they allow me to live my dream and fulfill my calling in life as an educator."Principal Paul Gorski praised Petrosillo as "an eternally positive and enthusiastic teacher, adviser and parent." "Exemplary educators are those who enrich the lives of everyone around them," he said.And as one of those, Petrosillo "expertly instructs and leads in a wide array settings throughout our community.""I can think of no better ambassador for our proud profession than Mrs. Nicole Petrosillo," Gorski said.“New Jersey has many great teachers, and this award is a tribute to the talent, professionalism, and dedication of these 21 educators to inspire the children they teach,” said State Education Commissioner Kimberly Harrington.