BARNEGAT, NJ – This past May, Barnegat Schools introduced its Inaugural Hall of Fame, honoring members in the education profession for their vital role in shaping individuals and society. Retired Assistant Superintendent of Schools Rosalind Ribaudo was out of town for the induction ceremonies. However, that didn’t stop the district from acknowledging her contributions.

At last night Board of Education meeting, Barnegat High School Principal Stephen Nichol shared information regarding the distinguished award. The Alumni Network Advisory Committee selected inductees who dedicated their service to Barnegat Schools and continued to cultivate and preserve its rich heritage.

Nichol added some personal comments in announcing Ribaudo’s induction to the Hall of Fame.  Turning to the retired school administrator, he said, “You were a great mentor to me. This award is very well-deserved.”

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Barnegat High School Athletic Director John Germano concurred as he told Ribaudo, “Twenty-two years ago, I was fresh out of college, and you were willing to take a chance on me. You were always there with a smile. a hug and a vote of confidence.”

In acknowledgment, Ribaudo said, “I want to thank you for this honor. I am humbled. I accept it in recognition with all of the people I worked with all those many years in Barnegat for the benefit of Barnegat students.”

“When I was a part of the Barnegat school system, I was impressed by the outstanding educators and their devotion and dedication to the district and the children,” Ribaudo shared. “I think everyone worked very closely with the parents and the community itself.”

Ribaudo worked for the Barnegat School District from 1985-2006.  She started as a Supervisor at the Dunfee School and subsequently became the Principal of the Edwards School. Her next move was to Director of Curriculum and Instruction in the central office.  Ribaudo retired as Barnegat’s Assistant Superintendent of Schools. 

When Barnegat High School was built in 2004, Ribaudo was part of the district’s administration.  Meanwhile, naming Ribaudo to the Hall of Fame isn’t her first recognition from the school system. Barnegat High School’s National Honor Society is named the Rosalind Ribaudo Chapter.

Before coming to the Barnegat School District, Ribaudo taught grades 2,4,6, 7 and 8 in Little Egg Harbor and Jackson. Ribaudo earned her undergraduate degree from what is now William Paterson University and her Master’s in Curriculum and Supervision from Georgian Court

Currently a resident of Toms River, Ribaudo is the mother of two grown children, a son, Stephen J. Pook and a daughter, Krisanne Matthews. She also has two granddaughters.

However, it’s not just family that keeps Ribaudo busy in her free time. “I enjoy traveling,” she said. “It’s one of the perks of retirement.” Ribaudo also volunteers her time at St. Joseph’s Food Pantry in Toms River and helps serve a community lunch once a month.

Ribaudo continues to participate in activities associated with Delta Kappa Gamma, a sorority for educators. She is also a member of the Ocean County Artists Guild in Island Heights.

Stephanie A. Faughnan is a local journalist and Director of Writefully Inspired, a professional writing and resume service. Feel free to contact her at sfaughnan@tapinto.net.