BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - More than 200 colleagues, friends and family members gathered at the Embassy Suites in Berkeley Heights last night to celebrate the career of Judith A. Rattner, who recently retired from her position as Superintendent of Schools in the Berkeley Heights School District.
Rattner had served as Superintendent of Schools since 2005, after having been the Assistant Superintendent in Berkeley Heights from 2000 to 2005. Her retirement marked the conclusion of an illustrious 37-year career in public education.
Featured presenters at the celebration included Berkeley Heights Board of Education President Doug Reinstein, who served as Master of Ceremonies; Linda Diemer, Mrs. Rattner’s sister; her nephews Scott Coar and Brian Coar; Dr. Richard G. Bozza, Executive Director of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators; and Scott McKinney, Assistant Superintendent of the Berkeley Heights Public Schools. A video tribute to Mrs. Rattner, produced by Governor Livingston High School Teacher Joe Voorhees and his Television Production students, proved to be a highlight of the celebration.
The evening’s festivities were enhanced by the beautiful music supplied by a jazz quartet and string quartet comprised of Governor Livingston High School student musicians Scott Jonach, Samuel Lee, Aidan Quigley, Christopher Schmedel, Thomas Lynn, Elizabeth Mishkevich, Lilyana Walsh and Marisa Young. Mr. Josef Ellis, Teacher of Music at GLHS, served as accompanist and director for the jazz quartet, while GL Music Teacher Liam Keller directed the string quartet.
Special recognition is due to the members of the Celebration Committee, who worked for many hours attending to all of the details for this wonderful event: Diane Azalone, Linda Kantrowitz, Marilyn Scarpati, Kelly Sheehan and Christina Zaun of the Central Office Staff; School Business Administrator Donna Felezzola, Governor Livingston Assistant Principal Tara Oliveira, and Carol Sangiovanni, Teacher at Mary Kay McMillin Early Childhood Center.