Local Teacher Receives Generous Thanks From Parents

Photo courtesy Catherine Acampora-Nielsen

  HOWELL — A heartwarming post by a local teacher recently caught the attention of many, proving that teachers are valued both on and off school grounds. 

  Over the weekend, the popular Howell Happenings NJ Facebook page shared a post from Howell resident and Lakewood teacher Catherine Acampora-Nielsen.

  While Acampora-Nielsen is not at school working as a special education teacher in the Lakewood School District, she is making ends meet as a server at Woolley’s Seafood Market located on Route 9 in Howell.

  Acampora-Nielsen recently received a generous show of thanks from a local couple who came into Woolley’s. The couple left a $100 tip and a note that read: “Thank you for teaching our kids — teachers shouldn’t have to work weekends!”

  In response to the gesture, Acampora-Nielsen posted a photo of the bill and a heartfelt thanks to the couple: “To the couple that came into Woolley’s today and left this for me, I can’t thank you enough- lucky there are people out there who appreciate hard workers— hope you two enjoyed your day away from the kids.”

  Shared on June 9, the post garnered a lot of attention from Howell residents on the closed community group page.

  “We truly have amazing people who live in and around Howell and yes, our teachers are so important. We hope this note gets back to this couple and let’s them know how much of an impact they made in this person’s life and a huge thank you for making a difference,” read the shared post on Howell Happenings NJ.

  As of June 10, the post has nearly 400 likes and over 50 shares.

  One man commented: “Awesome! Teachers don’t get the recognition they deserve.”

  Another woman echoed his sentiments, commenting: “That made my day almost as much as it made yours! Great to see good people recognizing good people!”

  Although, Acampora-Nielsen declined a request for an interview, she expressed her gratitude to the couple and their admirable generosity.