BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  Superintendent of Schools Judith Rattner was selected as Educator of the Year by the New Jersey Association of Superintendents .
A video was shown highlighting her accomplishments, including the introduction of Ipads that will be given to every student in the fall, developing programs to improve skill sets and involvement in the DARE program, focused on alcohol and drug abuse. Rattner began her teaching career as a math teacher in Chatham Borough and came to Berkeley Heights in 2000 as assistant superintendent. She was presented with roses, a standing ovation and a proclamation read by Board of Education President Helen Kirsch.  Rattner referred to the school district as her “family of fine students and outstanding faculty.  I’m humbled,” she said.
The Columbia Middle School was filled to capacity as students from Berkeley Heights and Mountainside received recognition at the program on June 6.
The coach of The Highlander track and field team said, “This is the most rewarding team victory I’ve won in my life.”  He praised the team’s commitment, adding “they didn’t falter one minute.” The resolution for the 2012-13 season “will be framed and displayed at the high school” he said. The golf team was also honored for its first time championship and “a team effort” their coach said.
In addition to retiring staff, a number of scholarships were announced. They included the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program, the Wallenberg Foundation of New Jersey Scholar, 2013 Union County Superintendent’s Roundtable Outstanding Scholar and We Care Scholarship, VFW Essay Contest, League of Women Voters Citizenship award, SAT Perfect Score, ACT Perfect Score, Future Business Leaders of America, Montclair University Theatre Night “Panic on the Radio,” All Region Band/Orchestra, County Teen Arts Touring Exhibit,  K-12 Art Exhibition, 63rd Annual Merck State Science Day, Technology Student Association Team Competition, National Latin Exam and outstanding athletes.