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Dr. Carol Carberry


As a long-term resident of New Milford, Dr. Carol Carberry has shown unwavering commitment to the town and its residents, as well as their beloved pets. After earning her degree in veterinary medicine at Cornell University, Dr. Carberry has dedicated herself to saving animals. However, with her passion for helping others, Dr. Carberry has also devoted herself to the community of New Milford and beyond.


As an advocate for the power of education, Dr. Carberry has maintained multiple scholarships in the name of her parents at New Milford High School in efforts to support graduating seniors in achieving their life goals, whatever they may be. Recently, Dr. Carberry has also initiated the Carberry Sparkle Scholarship at Bergen Community College in order to make the privilege of higher education available to more students. Dr. Carberry, the valedictorian of her class and a distinguished alumnus of New Milford High School, truly understands the value of learning and has committed herself to provide support for and creating access to opportunities for receiving education.


Dr. Carberry also has the incredible quality of making education an enjoyable experience. Particularly at B.F. Gibbs Elementary School, Dr. Carberry with her immense love of plants, has put forth an extraordinary effort toward beautifying the school with the creation of the alumni corner in which she has planted numerous flowers. While volunteering as the friendly witch at the Halloween Spooktacular, Dr. Carberry ensured that students developed a sense of joy and excitement while at school. 


Dr. Carberry has extended her compassion beyond her hometown and her support of education in her commitment to giving back. She created the annual Pictures with Santa event through which she has raised thousands of dollars yearly for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.   In her desire to bring joy to others, she attended classes to learn the art of clowning, graduating with her junior joey certificate as a member of the Smile Factory. Dr. Carberry visited nursing homes and attended other events entertaining people of all ages.


Dr. Carberry strives to integrate her love of animals by contributing to the community at large. With her newly implemented TLC program at Oradell Animal Hospital, she has provided an outlet for animals to receive life-saving emergency surgery, despite financial constraints. Similarly, Dr. Carberry was recognized by the Ramapo Bergen Animal Rescue Inc. for her willingness to volunteer her surgical skills in the name of saving animals. Dr. Carberry's inclination to care for animals extends within her own home, as she seeks to provide a loving home to retired Seeing Eye Dogs who have devoted their lives to helping others. A devoted doctor and community member, Dr. Carberry strives to use her abilities and resources to benefit humans and animals alike. 


With her unparalleled kindness and generosity, Dr. Carberry is committed to making New Milford, and the world, a better place. 

James (Jim) Robertson

James (Jim) Robertson dedicated 39 years as an educator to the New Milford School District from 1961 - 2000. Jim is a 1957 graduate of Paterson State College with a BA in Social Studies.  First serving as a teacher from 1961 - 1969 and then he became a guidance counselor in 1969 at the newly opened David E. Owens Middle School. As a middle school counselor Jim instituted group counseling sessions for divorced parents and disaffected students, arranged college visits monthly for 8th grade students and received an NJEA grant for Innovative Educational Programming for Behavior Modification. In 1977, Jim was inducted into the NMHS Sports Hall of Fame with the 1977 NMHS Bergen County Championship Baseball team. 

In 1982, Jim moved up to the high school with the 8th grade class and served as a high school guidance counselor. In 1994 Jim became the chair of the high school guidance department. In 1995 he was named the President of the Bergen County Directors of Guidance. From 1995 - 2000 he was the chairman of the College Fair at Fairleigh Dickinson University hosting over 300 colleges.  Jim was named the Director of the Year in 1997 by the Bergen County Professional Counselors Association and in 2000 Jim was inducted in the Hall of Fame of the Bergen County Professional Counselors Association.  

Jim's presence in New Milford continues to be evident today in his support of current academic, extracurricular and scholarship programming for our students. Since his retirement in 2000, Jim is still a recognizable person in the hallways of New Milford. His legendary work continues to be honored by current staff and his enthusiasm for New Milford students, both then and now, continues to shine a very bright light on our school.  We honor your deep commitment to New Milford Public Schools and appreciate the thousands of lives you have made better because of your devotion to the students of New Milford Public Schools.

Carolyn (Lynn) Smith


Born and raised in New Milford, Carolyn (Lynn) Smith attended kindergarten through 9th grade at New Milford Junior High School (now NMHS) and remained a resident of New Milford until 2018, currently residing in Avon by the Sea, New Jersey.  Lynn dedicated 38 years as an educator to the New Milford school district from 1962 - 2000.  


Lynn began her teaching career at New Milford High School in 1962 following her graduation from Douglass College with a BA in English and Education. She taught 10th grade English from 1962 - 1964.  During 1964-1965 Lynn earned her Master's degree in Personnel and Guidance at Rutgers University. In September of 1965 she became a guidance counselor at New Milford High School where she remained in this position until her retirement in 2000.


Lynn served on the planning committee for the middle school in the 1960's. She was the advisor to the student newspaper in the 1970's called Knight News. She served on the advisory council for the Cooperative Industrial Education Program. She assisted in the Academic Decathlon preparation.  For many years she served as the coordinator for students attending vocational school. 


As a guidance counselor, Lynn was very involved in working individually with students and parents on course selection and to create a master schedule that met the needs of all students.  She helped initiate the implementation of the Mod-Flex system of scheduling which at the time was a pilot program in the state of New Jersey. 


While devoting her time to New Milford students, Lynn continued her education and earned National Board Certification as a counselor, became a New Jersey licensed professional counselor and served on the board of the South Bergen Mental Health Center - CBH Cares coalition for ten years while two of those years she served as president.  Since 1977 Lynn has been a member and advocate for Delta Kappa Gamma International - a professional honor society for key women educators.


In her post retirement years, Lynn continued to be a part of the New Milford family.  She is an avid supporter of current school programs and takes the time to get to know current staff.  Her love and devotion to New Milford is awe inspiring and continues to serve as an example of what it means to lead, teach and inspire. 



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