By Mike DeNardo

By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)--A veteran South Jersey teacher with a novel approach has been named New Jersey’s Non-public School Teacher of the Year.

Mary Ann Kiessling has been a teacher for 36 years, and she’s taught kindergarten for 25.

She says she likes to trick her students into learning by turning lessons into games.

“I try to stay away from paper and pencil unless they’re learning to write. But otherwise, we’re going to do something. We’re going to throw bean bags at a particular letter. We’re going to go to playtime and find five cars in our play bucket.”

Kiessling, a teacher at Our Lady of Hope School in Blackwood, has been named New Jersey Teacher of the Year by the New Jersey Council for Private Education.

She’ll be honored at a ceremony in Trenton on Tuesday.

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