REF Honors “Rock Stars” as Part of Annual Randolph Rocks Weekend Fundraiser


RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph Education Foundation’s ( REF ) Rock Stars Event has become of the more inspirational events in Randolph over the past decade.  The annual event, held in partnership with Randolph Rotary, honors six “educators” ( one from each Randolph school ) a student volunteer, a community volunteer, a business person, and a Rotarian.

“The Randolph Education Foundation is so pleased to host this event with the Rotary club, because it is our annual reminder that we have so much that we can celebrate tonight in Randolph,” said Margaret Clark, president of the REF. “In a little while you will hear about the wonderful accomplishments that our Rock Stars have achieved.”

Over 400 people packed into the Randolph High School Commons on Thursday June 14 for the festive evening to celebrate and recognize the honorees, who were selected for going above and beyond the call of duty.

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“A Rock Star is created when someone has an innovative idea and will do more than what is expected of them to make it happen,” said Clark. “They have that little spark that becomes an idea that helps our students to thrive and our community to grow.”

The RHS Educator of the year was Michael Lonie, whom Principal Debbie Iosso called “A consummate professional, student advocate, collaborative colleague, and master teacher.”

Randolph Middle School Educator of the Year was Robert Chernow.  A statement was read from Principal Dr. Copeland ( who was unable to attend ) and said about Chernow “He has dutifully served as teacher, mentor, and life coach for hundreds of students, parents, and colleagues.”

Center Grove Educator of the Year was Beata Darbig.  Principal Mario Rodas said Darbig is “An amazing teacher with a huge heart and a great level of enthusiasm, who leads by example and is respected by all.”

Fernbrook Educator of the Year: Michele Savvides.  Principal Michelle Telischak said of Savvides, “She demonstrates a willingness to support new initiatives to foster a love for science, technology, reading, and math. Michele is a dynamic educator who motivates and inspires.”

Ironia educator of the year was Linda Andrews.  Principal David Kricheff called Andrews “A forward thinking, goal oriented professional, with a demonstrated commitment to excellence.  Lynda is a master teacher who strives to personalize her students learning experience”

Shongum Educator of the Year was Lisa Kruse-Marcus. Principal Clifford Burns called her “A true difference maker with an unquestionable commitment to her students. Lisa loves to teach and influence the lives of children, and provides a classroom filled with respect and acceptance to make each child feel valued and appreciated”

Community Volunteer of the year was Ann Standridge.  Jim Loveys, Deputy Mayor of Randolph stated, “Her hard work and dedication to the Randolph community, along with her tireless effort and exemplary character, have established Ann as a leader who has truly made a difference in our community.”

Businessperson of the year Lore Reinhart, Director of the Randolph Public Library. Lou Nisivoccia, Chamber of Commerce president, stated of Reinhart, “Lore has introduced innovative ideas and creative approaches to better serve the Randolph community, and has created an environment where everyone is always welcome.”

Rotarian of the year Roy Claps.  Katherine Kremins of the Randolph Rotary Club said of Claps, “Roy has been a member of the Rotary club, the Township Planning Board and Board of Adjustment, as well as a volunteer coach in the Town Recreation program. Roy’s contributions and outstanding service have been a true asset to the entire community.”

Sophia Zingone, RHS Class of 2019 was the Student Volunteer of the Year.  Class of 2019 advisor Michael Pignaloso said of Zingone, “Sophia’s impact on me as a class adviser and on her peers who continue to reap the benefits of her hard work is outstanding.  The amount of effort and initiative she shows has continued to astound me.”

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