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Ramapo College Hosts Outstanding Educators Awards

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)June 15, 2016

MAHWAH, N.J. – Ramapo College hosted the 2016 Outstanding Educators Awards Celebration and Breakfast, which was organized by The Record newspaper to recognize top high school educators in the area. Eight high school teachers, nominated by students at their schools, were honored at the event held in the College’s Trustees Pavilion on June 13.

Brian Chinni, Director, Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program and associate professor of Education/Educational Leadership at Ramapo College, offered the keynote address.

“Our public education system remains to be the foundation upon which our great nation is built,” said Chinni. “To be in the company of these eight exemplary teachers and their respective students has left me most confident that our foundation remains strong and, as such, our future very bright. I am so very proud to be a part of the Ramapo College community — a community that takes great pride in the high quality programs it offers to optimally prepare both our teachers and educational leaders.”

Chinni also is the CEO and founder of The Madison Institute (TMI), a New Jersey-based educational consultative and professional development firm.

TMI and Ramapo College were co-sponsors of the inaugural event, which highlighted awardees in the following disciplines: Arts, Civics/History, Computer Technology, English, Math, Physical Education/Coaching, Science and Special Education/Resource Teaching.

Pictured, from left: Aaron Lorenz, Dean, School of Social Science and Human Services at Ramapo College; Patricia Molloy, Principle, Immaculate Heart Academy High School; awardee Linda Chelotti, Civics/History teacher, IHA; Sofia Ciprian, student, IHA; Patrice McDonough, head of Social Studies Dept., IHA; Brian Chinni , Director, Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program, 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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