SRFEE Day of Giving Certificate of Achievement

First Annual Day of Giving, April 30, 2021.

During the week beginning Monday, 4/26/2021 leading up to that day – we reminisced about where we started and how much of an impact we have had on the students and teachers of our district through our scholarship & grant programs.

Congratulations to the
South River Elementary School
for raising the most money during the
SRFEE Day of Giving Awareness Campaign.

2021 SRFEE Day of Giving Elementary School Certificate of Appreciation
Congratulations to the Elementary School!

Nancy Roque-Soares

Nancy Roque-Soares

Nancy Roque-Soares is a Teacher for South River Middle School.  She has been an Educator since 1999 teaching the subject of Spanish.  She graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish. Mrs. Roque-Soares has been a lifetime resident of South River, born to Portuguese parents, with her first language being Portuguese.  She always saw the difficulties others had when faced with language barriers. She identified with those who struggled and this was why she decided to become a teacher.  

As a daughter, sister, wife and mother, Nancy has always had a passion to help others. Beginning with her dedication to her students as a full-time teacher, Mrs. Roque-Soares extends her unending support to her students’ parents as well.  Her outreach to her students’ families displays her commitment to the community, as she also leads the Women’s Ministry at the CDA Church in South River. In addition, her volunteer efforts include being a translator for the church’s services.  

Amongst all of her endeavors, Nancy is a devoted mother to her 15-year-old son, Eric.  While she enjoys all of her many other roles, being a Soccer Mom is one that she enjoys the most!  As a teacher, a volunteer and a strong advocate for her community, Mrs. Roques-Soares dedicates her life to helping others. All throughout, she is there for her family, as she lovingly cares for her parents, in the same ways they love and support her.

Within family, church, and community, Nancy Roque-Soares is an Educator of Excellence.  She is a teacher that knows that education is not limited to the classroom and she teaches from the heart.  When it comes to Mrs. Roque-Soares, there are no language barriers with her smile.  

To quote Flora Lewis, “Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things but learning another way to think about things”.  For those who have ever experienced the challenge to understand and not be understood, Nancy Roque-Soares will be there for you, while inspiring the bravery to overcome.

Audrey Taylor

Audrey Taylor

Audrey Taylor began her illustrious career right here in her beloved hometown of South River as a student-athlete and phenomenal Basketball player. Her name is etched in SRHS history on a banner in the Gymnasium honoring those players with 1,000+ career points.  This distinction, her all-around talent, and her grades would later earn her a full scholarship and further accolades at Monmouth University where she would double major in Communications and Information Technology and earn her Bachelor of Arts degree. Audrey utilized her degree to become a Web Manager for multiple projects in Corporate America for the past 11 years. She is currently is a freelance web designer for ISOP.  However, the opportunity to share her time, talent and extensive Basketball experience was something she wanted to pursue. The first place she went was to her alma mater, South River High School. Unfortunately, the schedule conflicted with her employment. She would then go on to become Head Coach at Franklin High School for the past 9 seasons and the rest is literally….history.   

Coach Taylor created a standard at Franklin HS “to be tough, defend, and play with your heart, with passion.” Audrey herself is a passionate advocate of giving back to her South River community.  She has worked in conjunction with the South River Board of Education to provide backpacks and school supplies to free and reduced-lunch students. She also offers an annual no-cost basic-skills training session and organizes the well-known annual event – Ballin’ in the Park during the month of July.   

Audrey mentors aspiring youth via the Passion 4Youth, Inc. which is a 501-c3 educational and athletic program she founded and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Seeing the widening gap between the privileged and those in need, Coach Taylor provides top-notch skill development at an affordable cost to those that would otherwise have to settle for much less or no formalized training.  It is the foundation on which her T.R.U.E Skills Academy is built upon. Basketball players at the Middle and High School levels get an opportunity to learn from one of the best and are encouraged to aspire to BE the best! They also learn to give back by teaching the younger students in the program. A training session with Coach Audrey is a complete workout for your mind, body, and soul. She pours her passion for life, the game, the kids and for giving back, into each session.  Mentor, Motivate, Confidence, Communication, Encouragement, Positivity are just some of the terms you associate with her. You can throw in Tough, Hard-Work, Rules, Expectations and it’s still a good day that always ends with “Good Job” and that bright smile!

Head Coach Audrey Taylor’s Accomplishments:

Passion 4 Youth Logo
  • 2019 USA Today All-USA Coach of the Year
  • 2019 Ranked #12 Nationally (USA Today-Super 25)
  • 2017 & 2019 Ranked #1 State of NJ
  • 2019 Undefeated Season 34-0
  • 2017 & 2019 NJISAA Tournament of Champion State Champions
  • 2x Somerset County Champions (Back 2 Back) 2017 & 2019
  • 4x Group 4 State Champions 2015-2019
  • 4x Group 4 Sectional Champions 2014 -2019
  • 2017 NJ.com (Star-Ledger) Coach of the Year
  • 2017 USA Today Coach of the Year
  • 2014 & 2017 Franklin High School Coach of the Year
  • 2014 & 2017 Courier News Basketball Coach of the Year (Somerset County)
  • 2016 & 2017 Skyland Conference Coach of the Year

Kevin J. Nielsen

Sergeant Kevin J. Nielsen, Retired South River Police Department

Kevin J. Nielsen

Kevin J. Nielsen is the second of five children born to Carl and Patricia Nielsen.  Kevin is a graduate of the South River High School Class of 1980 and has resided and or worked in South River his entire life.

Kevin and his wife Sandra have been married for 12 years and together have four boys, Brandon Pacheco, Mark Pacheco and our twins, Karl and Thomas Nielsen. All who are products of the South River School District

Kevin began his work with the Borough of South River as a utility meter reader in November of 1985.  He expanded that service to the South River Police Department in August of 1989 after passing the Chiefs of Police entrance exam in the Spring/Summer of 1989.  

Officer Nielsen was a graduate of the 51st Basic Police Training Class at Middlesex County College in January 1990.  He was also a member of the Forty-Ninth Graduating class of The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership Academy. Formerly known as The West Point Command and Leadership Academy. After 13 years as an officer on the SRPD – he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on July 1, 2013, and was assigned to the Patrol Division of the South River Police Department where he remained until his retirement on June 30, 2019.  

During his tenure with the SRPD, Sergeant Nielsen was assigned many different divisions: Traffic Safety Division, Detective Bureau & Patrol Division.  

While assigned to the Traffic Safety Division, he was trained by Northwestern University Traffic Institute to investigate motor vehicle accidents.  Kevin is certified in Motor Accident Investigation I and II. He was also trained by the University of North Florida Institute of Police Technology and Management, in the field of Inspection and Investigation of Commercial Vehicle Crashes. 

While assigned to the Detective Bureau, he worked with the Middlesex County Narcotics Task Force from June of 1999 until July of 2000.  There he worked with other jurisdictions to apprehend individuals making street-level buys of narcotics throughout the county. He also worked with officers from the Federal government, state police and other Counties on the “Club Drug Scene.”

Throughout his Law Enforcement Career, he has received numerous Letter of Commendation.  

One of the many defining moments of his career while on patrol in July of 2004. He was the arresting officer of four (4) individuals who were members of the “Lakatosz Crime Family.” These members victimized an elderly resident of the borough.  Sergeant Nielsen’s love and respect for his parents and the elderly in general, fueled his resolve even more to solve this particular case.

Kevin has worked within the community by supporting the Boy Scouts of America, and the New Jersey Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. 

He is also a third-degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3001.

Kevin found another way in which to serve his community. In April of 2010, he was elected to his First Term as a member of the South River Board of Education. This past November, he was re-elected to his Fourth Term and looks forward to continuing to serve his home town of South River.

4th Annual Adult Dinner Dance

Thank you to ALL who attended and/or sponsored our 4th Annual Adult Dinner Dance.

Sylvia Zircher, Superintendent
Sgt. Edwin J. Yorek
Tracey Bussell

SRFEE would also like to Thank the following sponsors for our event program:

S. Batata Construction | Parlin, NJ | www.sbatataconstruction.com

B & W Construction Co. of NJ, Inc. Utility Contractors | South River, NJ

Campozino | South River, NJ 08882  | www.campozinosr.com

JF Concrete Repairs, LLC | Brick Work – Concrete – Stone – Tiles | 732-238-3583 home or 848-565-7061 cell

Decorcrete, LLC | Joana Terralheiro | office: 732-651-1221 | cell 848-391-1600 | decorcrete@hotmail.com

Dr. Kenneth Band https://www.kbanddentistry.com/

Golden East Garden Chinese Restaurant | East Brunswick, NJ 08816 | 732-257-3737

Danielle Oswald, Rodan + Fields www.danielleskincare.com

JAKSTIN master artisans & craftsmen | Custom Design Services | inquiries@jakstin.com

South River Republican Organization | South River, NJ 08882

The Fisherman http://www.portuguesefisherman.com/

DF Mason LLC | cell: 732-921-7330 | home 732-238-6551 | delfigueiras@hotmail.com

A. Takton Concrete Corp. | Old Bridge, NJ

Vera Silva C.I.C. | Volk Insurance | Parlin, NJ | www.volkinsurance.com

2019 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors:
A. Takton Concrete,
S. Batata Construction,
and Volk Insurance Group

Gold Sponsor:
Portuguese Fisherman


Sylvia Zircher

Ms. Sylvia Zircher has been working with children and families for just over 20 years. She began her career as a social worker at Catholic Charities providing counseling and services for families in need. Shortly after she taught in Piscataway for nine years while raising her son and earning her Masters Degree In Educational Administration. Upon graduation, Ms. Zircher became the Assistant Principal at Ethel McKnight School in East Windsor and after one year was promoted to the Principal position. Ms. Zircher treasured her time as Principal of the McKnight School for the next six years before becoming the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Acting Superintendent in Hamilton School District while pursuing her doctoral degree.

While chatting with a colleague she heard about the vacancy for Superintendent in South River Public Schools. Ms. Zircher has always lived in Middlesex County, but wasn’t familiar with the community. After asking around she realized she knew several people from South River, knew people who had family in South River, or who had grown up in South River. They all shared the same sentiments. South River is a tight knit community of hard working people who share pride in its history, traditions, and accomplishments. After a year and a half as Superintendent of Schools in South River, Ms. Zircher is proud to share these same sentiments, and has genuinely enjoyed and appreciated being welcomed into the community. She feels that thanks to a great student body, parents and volunteers, our board, staff, and administrative team, the district faces a great future ahead!