Manchester Regional High School
Cultivating leaders for the future by personalizing education; not standardizing it.

Best High Schools Bronze Manchester Regional High School Falcons

Congratulations Teacher of the Year!

Deborah Bonchek is enjoying her 18th year educating the students of Manchester

Regional High School. As a Manchester alumnus, she was inspired to teach

mathematics at a young age. Senior year, she told her Calculus teacher that she was

going to steal his job someday. He, of course, laughed, but a few years later she came

back as a substitute and was promised a full-time position when she finished college.

So, in the spring of 2001, she graduated from Montclair State University and began her

career at Manchester. Since then, Mrs. Bonchek has taught almost every math class in

the building, but her favorite subject is Precalculus: “I really enjoy this class because the students are taking it by choice. They are there because they love math as much as I do.”

“Love math” is an understatement. Her favorite number is pi and she can be

found cracking nerdy jokes, sporting whimsical math tees, and celebrating Pi Day every

March. Mrs. Bonchek’s classroom is a comfortable environment, encouraging group

discussion, creativity, and problem solving. She lives for puzzles and projects and she

enjoys seeing her students think and argue about math.

Mrs. Bonchek is the advisor of the New Jersey Mathematics League and the

National Honor Society, both of which she was a member as a student. She always

stays late after school to help students with their homework or to prepare for SATs. She

is a huge supporter of the arts; you’ll see her at every concert and play helping out, as

well as singing at the NHS Coffee House. She also shows her Falcon pride by

displaying her old locker in the back of her classroom.

Mrs. Bonchek grew up in North Haledon but is currently residing in Bloomingdale

with her husband, Eddie, and two cats, Chloe and Milo. In her spare time, she enjoys

shopping, trying new restaurants, singing karaoke, and summers at the beach. Family

and friends are near and dear to her heart, as are her current and former students; she

affectionately calls them “her kids”. Of all the advice she can give them, she swears the

key to happiness and success is, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to

work a day in your life.” (Confucius)