TRENTON – Judith Ann Rattner has assumed the top spot as President of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA) for the 2010-2011 school year. The Berkeley Heights School District Chief Education Officer was appointed the district’s superintendent in July 2005. Previously, she served as the Assistant Superintendent for the PreK-12 school system, which lies 25 miles west of New York City and is surrounded by several corporate headquarters.
“NJASA is extremely pleased to have Rattner’s outstanding leadership abilities at the helm of the Association. Her ability to communicate and her relentless advocacy for educating all children are a great asset to public education in our Garden State,” commented NJASA Executive Director Richard G. Bozza.
Presiding at her first NJASA Executive Committee Meeting, Rattner expressed concern over the impact of direct and indirect effects, created this past year by both state and national politics, on the educational needs of New Jersey’s school children. She stated in her opening remarks, “We, as chief education officers and school leaders, must work together and focus on the most essential part of education – the children – not the politics.”
Rattner explained, “It is my hope that the highly developed, critical thinking skills possessed by the Association’s membership will 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, was recognized in 2010 by Newsweek and New Jersey Monthly magazines.
Prior to assuming the NJASA presidency, she served as the association’s president-elect, secretary and treasurer. An NJASA member since 2000, the President represented her county on several of the association’s committees including: Curriculum and Instruction, ad hoc Assessment, Task Force and Technology. In 2007, she chaired the NJASA Spring Conference Committee.
The Kappa Delta Pi member is also president of the New Jersey Council of Education and an Executive Committee member of the New Jersey School Development Council.
A Rockaway resident, Rattner received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Seton Hall University. She began her educational career as a math teacher at the Chatham Borough High School.
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