“My experience at Ramapo College was very positive. The coursework provided me with the foundational knowledge that I would need in order to excel in an intensive graduate program. I was challenged, supported, and guided by my professors who took an active role in my education. My passion for literature was nourished through the Literature program, and my experience in the Education department led to my full-time employment at the school where I completed my student teaching requirements. I enrolled in Ramapo as a transfer student the second semester of my freshman year, and I never once second-guessed that decision. Ramapo was the perfect fit for me, and my time there helped me achieve my goals and succeed at my career.” – Lauren Santaniello ’13 graduated from the Secondary Education program with a Bachelor’s degree in Literature and a minor in Italian. In 2015, Lauren received her M.Ed. in Educational Literacy from Coastal Carolina University with certificates as a Reading Teacher and a Literacy Coach. In October 2017, Lauren will complete her Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TOSD) certificate from Rowan University. Lauren is currently a high school special education reading teacher at Indian Hills High School in Oakland, N.J. Lauren has had academic publications in the Journal of Information Technology Education: Innovations in Practice (2016) and the South Carolina English Teacher (2015), and she has given academic presentations at the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators (2013), the Moravian College Medieval Conference (2013), and Sigma Tau Delta Annual Literary Convention (2012). Lauren studied abroad with Professor Rosetta D’Angelo and the Italian Club in Urbino, Italy, at the University of Urbino through a Rutgers University program. She wrote and published a young adult novel, “Death of Ignorance,” that was sold at the Ramapo bookstore which hosted a book signing.