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Former Ramapo College Student Wins NJ Distinguished Student Teacher Award

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)August 26, 2013

(MAHWAH, NJ) –Kevin McOwen, a post-baccalaureate student who completed Ramapo’s teacher education certification program in 2012, was awarded the prestigious New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award in June at Rider University. He was one of only 15 winners in the state of New Jersey.

Each year, the New Jersey Department of Education publicly recognizes the year’s top graduates of teacher education programs in New Jersey’s colleges and universities through the New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award program. Each New Jersey college or university submits packets for the three top student teachers in their program. An independent panel of experts evaluates each student’s submission. This year, for the third time in the last five years, a Ramapo College student was selected as a recipient of this prominent award.

McOwen received his teaching certification in mathematics and is currently employed as a mathematics teacher at Ridgewood High School. In addition, two 2013 Ramapo College graduates, Lauren Santaniello and Ruthann Inserra, were nominated for the award and were honored at the event by receiving certificates.

Anne DeGroot, assistant professor of Teacher Education, has coordinated the process of nominating students and submitting their packets for the past five years and also attended the ceremony. DeGroot noted that this recognition of achievement in student teaching is an outstanding honor for Teacher Education, the School of Social Science and Human Services and Ramapo College.



About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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