The Rosanne DeMicco Memorial Scholarship was created by Elizabeth and Ralph Mastrangelo in memory of Mr. Mastrangelo’s sister, Rosanne DeMicco.
Rosanne was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Howard Beach, Queens with her parents and siblings. She graduated from Queens College with a degree in elementary education and earned a master’s degree in education as well as numerous certifications. She was a schoolteacher in the Pleasantville, N.Y. school district.
This endowed scholarship will benefit students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Special Education program. “Rosanne was a beloved teacher and focused on helping children with special needs. This award will help honor her memory and recognize her devotion to young students,” said Mr. Mastrangelo.
Mr. Mastrangelo and his wife have been ardent supporters of the College for many years. They currently serve as the Co-Chairs of the Learning Commons Capital Campaign. Mr. Mastrangelo recently served as Chairman of the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors.
- Student must be enrolled in Masters of Special Education program
- Planning to teach children with special needs
- Minimum 3.0 GPA
“It is so exciting to have the opportunity to teach the students who inspired me to pursue a career in the Special Education field. I learn from my students every day, and I look forward to seeking out new ways to assist them in unlocking their potential. I hope to impact the lives of students the way that they have impacted mine,” says Nicole Bevacqua of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. Nicole is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts in Special Education. She attended Ramapo College for her undergraduate studies and received her BA in Mathematics on the Education track with a 3.2 GPA.
At Ramapo, Nicole was a member of Sigma Delta Tau and Alpha Lambda Delta honor society. She coordinated events to raise money and awareness for Prevent Child Abuse America, Women for Women International, and Jewish Women International. Nicole also attended numerous walks with Sigma Delta Tau for causes such as breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, and suicide.
During her undergraduate years, Nicole observed at the South Bergen Jointure Commission to gain exposure in special education. Through this experience, she realized her passion for working with students with special needs. This year, Nicole began her career with SBJC as the high school mathematics teacher. She has since been involved with the development and implementation of currency in the school store. Nicole also plans trips twice a week to support a Community Based Involvement curriculum. Additionally, she has been asked to assist in leading the Robotics Club for the middle and high school.
Lori Militello is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts in Special Education, and currently has a GPA of 4.0.
“I was inspired to pursue a career in special education because of my son, Connor, who is on the autism spectrum.” She is a special education teacher at Eric S. Smith Middle School in Ramsey, N.J.
As a member of the Ramsey Stigma-free Committee, Lori has been active in planning events and educating the community on mental health issues. In addition, she volunteers with Autism Rides, an annual bike event in Paramus, N.J. that raises money and awareness for the autism community.
Lori holds teaching certifications in K-6, Middle School Math, Middle School English, and Students with Disabilities. She is a strong advocate for students with special needs.
Harrison Bieth is currently working toward his Masters of Arts in Special Education. He has a 3.8 GPA.
He worked at Windsor Bergen Academy for the last year and is currently employed in the Ringwood School District. He also spent his summer working with children with special needs at the JCC in Tenafly, N.J.
“I hope to continue my quest for knowledge and become a behaviorist or job counselor.”
Nicole DeRisi of Montvale, N.J. is currently working towards her Master of Arts in Special Education under the leadership of Dr. Julie Norflus-Good. She has a 4.0 GPA.
Nicole has worked with the Forum School and the New Jersey Council for Exceptional Children. She also volunteers at her local parish and at animal rescue associations.
Currently, Nicole is a dual-certified Elementary Special Education teacher in Montvale, N.J. and is a trained Orton Gillingham teacher at the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education.
Nicole hopes to further her education by receiving a Learning Disabilities Teacher- Consultant certification after graduation.
In high school, Kaitlin Reilly of Allendale, N.J. created a project called Every Piece Counts, raising over $6,000 for Autism Speaks. She went on to attend Ramapo College, earning a degree in Biology (cum laude) in 2016. Kaitlyn continued her education at Ramapo, completing a post- baccalaureate teacher certification in Biological Sciences, as well as a Grades 5- 8 Mathematics Content Specialization.
Currently Kaitlin is back at Ramapo, working towards a Master of Arts degree in Special Education.
“I was inspired to study Special Education even further since I have a cousin with autism,” Kaitlin explains. “I have seen the social, emotional, and family aspects of raising a child on the spectrum.”
Kaitlin is currently a Middle School Teaching Assistant for Mathematics in the Ho-Ho-Kus Public School District. “During my teacher education fieldwork, student teaching, and regular substitute teaching, I quickly realized how important it is to have an understanding of how to meet the needs of all my learners and truly help them achieve.”
Lori Militello of Mahwah, N.J. is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts in Special Education. She has a BS in Business Finance from Leigh University and graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.52.
Lori has been employed as a special education teacher at Eric S. Smith Middle School in Ramsey, N.J. since 2014. Previously, she taught at the middle school level at The Community School in Teaneck, N.J. Lori holds teaching certifications in K-6, Middle School Math, Middle School English, and Students with Disabilities.
As a member of the Ramsey Stigma-Free Committee, Lori has been active in planning events and educating the community on mental health issues. In addition, she volunteers with Autism Rides, an annual bike event in Paramus, N.J. that raises money and awareness for the autism community.
“I plan to continue making a difference in the lives of special needs students for many years to come,” says Lori.
Brenda Liz Hernandez
Brenda Liz Hernandez of Paterson, N.J. is working towards a Master of Arts in Special Education. She has a 4.0 GPA. Brenda was the first person in her family to earn a bachelor’s degree. “It was always my dream to go back to school to earn a master’s degree. After eighteen years I am now able to achieve that goal.”
Brenda has been employed by the Passaic School District for the past seventeen years. She has taught grades K-6 as a Special Education Teacher. In the future, Brenda would like to become a specialist in Orton-Gillingham, a teaching approach designed to help struggling readers.
Rachel P. Streitman
Rachel P. Streitman of New City, N.Y. is a SUNY Oneonta alumna, who graduated in 2015 with a B.A. in Mathematics and Secondary Education Certification, as well as grades five-six Content Specialization. Rachel started her education at Ramapo College in the fall of 2016 to pursue her graduate studies as part of the Master of Arts in Special Education Program, under the leadership of Dr. Julie Norflus-Good. She currently has a 4.0 GPA.
Rachel is currently a high school Special Education Mathematics Teacher for the Ridgewood Public School District. Rachel started her teaching career as a general education teacher in Binghamton, N.Y. “I quickly realized how important a master’s in special education would be to both my future and my future students, as a solid foundation and understanding of special education would allow me to truly connect to my students.” After one year as the general education teacher, Rachel made the switch to special education and has continued to impact the lives of her students both in and outside of the classroom.
Lisa M. Troncone
Lisa M. Troncone of Lyndhurst, NJ, is a Ramapo College alum, having graduated in 2009 cum laude with a BA in Psychology and K-5 Elementary Education Certification, as well as Grades 5-8 Language Arts Content Specialization. Lisa returned to Ramapo College in the Fall of 2015 to pursue her Graduate Studies as part of the Master of Arts in Special Education Program, under the leadership of Dr. Julie Norflus-Good. She currently has a 3.957 GPA.
An interest in Special Education developed at a very young age. Growing up with an older brother with Down Syndrome, Lisa realized that a very large part of her personal life would soon become a professional endeavor, as well. Lisa is currently a Special Education Teacher for the Lyndhurst Public School District. In addition to her accomplishments at Ramapo College, Lisa is proud to have taken on a new role in her profession. After five years of teaching in the general education classroom setting, Lisa made the switch to Special Education and has continued to impact her students’ lives in more ways than she thought possible. “It is with great honor and pride that I accept this award, as both Ramapo College and Special Education are near and dear to my heart,” said Lisa.
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