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Rattner Named NJASA 2013 Distinguished Service Award Recipient
– A strong record of commitment to the regeneration of public education –
NJASA Past President Rattner is available to discuss education-related issues.
The Distinguished Service Award is the most prestigious award conferred by NJASA upon its members. This recognition honors an NJASA member for his/her dynamic leadership, outstanding contributions to education, and service to the students of New Jersey. Since its inception in 1975, a total of 92 members have received this impressive award.
Rattner was presented the Award during the General Session of the NJASA/NJAPSA Annual Spring Conference, on Tuesday, May 21st, in Atlantic City.
“NJASA is pleased to have someone of Judy Rattner’s stature receive this well-respected honor,” notes NJASA Executive Director Dr. Richard G. Bozza. “Judy’s unique background and pedagogical experience has assisted in improving educational efforts throughout New Jersey’s public school systems,” Bozza adds.
From her vantage point of 20 plus years experience as a school administrator, Rattner states,
“We, as chief education officers and school leaders, continue to work together and focus on the most essential part of education – the children.”
“It is my strong belief that the highly developed, critical-thinking skills possessed by New Jersey chief education officers and school leaders will continue to allow the students of New Jersey to build a foundation that will help sustain them on life’s extraordinary journey. When all is said and done, success in life is measured by the lives you touch.”
Rattner’s deep-rooted, pedagogical beliefs are witness to the notable accomplishments of the Berkeley Heights School System. Under her tutelage, the District’s Governor Livingston High School, that educates students from Berkeley Heights and Mountainside, has been recognized since 2005 by:
» Newsweek magazine’s listing of the Best High Schools in America
»New Jersey Monthly magazine’s Top High Schools in New Jersey
In addition, the district has upgraded the district’s facilities and is implementing a 1:1 iPad initiative for high school students and district faculty members and a strategic plan with 38 goals. She is proudest of creating the Project Connect program, a project-based learning program at GLHS.
The 2013 NJASA Distinguished Service Award recipient was appointed the Chief Education Officer of the Berkeley Heights Public Schools in July 2005. Previously, she served as the Assistant Superintendent for the Pre K-12 school system, which lies 25 miles west of New York City and is surrounded by several corporate headquarters. It has been recognized as one of the best communities to live in.
An NJASA member since 2000, Rattner assumed the top spot as President of NJASA for the 2010-2011 school year, held all the NJASA Officer positions, revitalized the NJASA Women’s Caucus and represented her county on several of the Association’s Committees including: Curriculum and Instruction, ad hoc Assessment and Task Force, Legislative, and Technology. She is Chairperson of the NJASA ad hoc Constitutional Review Committee and Chaired the Association’s 2007 Spring Conference Committee.
In addition, NJASA Past President Rattner represents NJASA in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) at the PARCC Assessment Seminars and also serves on the EE4NJ Evaluation Pilot Advisory Committee, the 21-member NJDOE statewide advisory group to guide the teacher evaluation pilot program.
Rattner, a Kappa Delta Pi member, was named the 2012-2013 Union County Superintendent of the Year. She is also the Past President of the New Jersey Council of Education and an Executive Committee member of the New Jersey School Development Council.
A Rockaway resident, she received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Seton Hall University. Rattner began her educational career as a math and English teacher at the Chatham Borough High School in Morris County.
The New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA) is an organization of chief education officers and school administrators who lead school districts in New Jersey’s 21 counties. The Association’s mission is to ensure a superior statewide system of education. Through ongoing professional training and education, the Association shares knowledge among its members about best practices from both educational and administrative perspectives. Its goal is to move education forward by ensuring the highest quality of instruction for all New Jersey children. The Association is located 920 West State Street, Trenton, New Jersey 08618-5328. For more information -- PH: 609.599.2900 / Fax: 609.599.9359 / website: www.njasa.net
Education Brief Videos
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