BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  Superintendent Judith Rattner was celebrated at last Thursday evening's Board of Education meeting for recently being honored as New Jersey’s 2016 Superintendent of the Year. 

The main thing about Superintendent Judith Rattner — heard over and over from family, school board members, former and current colleagues  -- is that she never loses sight of the main thing: educating children.

"We, as chief education officers and school leaders, continue to work together and focus on the most essential part of education – the children,” Rattner said.

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Her many talents are appreciated -- among them include, "strength of character, her intellect, her compassion, her dedication, her collaborative leadership style," said  NJASA Executive Director Richard G. Bozza and former Berkeley Heights Superintendent. 

Rattner's colleagues throughout the state know her for leading by example, always the first to raise her hand taking on difficult assignments, said Bozza, adding, "importantly, she is respected as a constant professional and an advocate for students." 

"There is an important saying -- 'you are judged by the company you keep,' and I can tell you that we are all judged better by the company of our Superintendent Judy Rattner," said Bozza.

Berkeley Heights Education Foundation President Lindy Grimes and Berkeley Heights PTO President Sue Johnson thanked Rattner on behalf of their organizations.

"I often wonder how Judy does it," said Johnson. Stating that Rattner's compassion sets her apart. "She really cares about her students. She considers all 2,000 students as her children. I know she really means it. We are very fortunate to have her," she said. 

Berkeley Heights Education Association President Pam Wilczynski BHEA gathered a collaboration of thoughts from the district staff. "They all recognize that she possesses the qualities of a successful leader who has inspired them to dream to learn and to become more," said Wilczynski. She went on to list the many attributes that Rattner possesses, stating, "She treats everyone with respect and kindness, she values good educators and she understands the challenges we face. She appreciates the job we do. Her door is always open to hear our thoughts and concerns. She is clearly invested in the Berkeley Heights School District and this makes her staff want to be invested too."

A Rockaway resident, Rattner 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.

To read further about Rattner's accomplishments click on the following related article: Rattner Named 2016 Superintendent of the Year.