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LRagoza@Bedminsterschool.org

Room #110 

Reading Specialist

Orton Gillingham Teacher

Enrichment Teacher

 

 

Dear Visitors,  

     I am thrilled to be a member of the Bedminster Township School community working as a Reading Specialist, Orton Gillingham Teacher and Enrichment Teacher.  I live in Westfield, NJ where I am officially an empty nester.  As a mother of 4 grown children, I have survived the infant, toddler, pre-school, elementary, middle school, high school and now college years.  My wonderful family is pictured below.  

     Marketing Management was my first career.  I earned a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers College  and an M.B.A in Marketing from Columbia University after which I worked in the business world for many years – primarily at Schering-Plough HealthCare Products (now Merck).

     Reading Specialist is my second career.  September 11 marked a turning point in my life.  After 9/11, I decided to stay home with my four precious children full time for a few years.  I also re-evaluated my career path.  Raising four children helped me realize the profound importance of literacy to learning development and to life-long success. After four years at home, I returned to school to become a Reading Specialist.    

     Since 9/11, I earned a Master of Education and Reading Specialist Certification from Rutgers Graduate School of Education and an Orton Gillingham Teaching Certificate from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  I also I worked for five years in Cranford, NJ, as a basic skills teacher and for three years in Boonton, NJ as a Reading Specialist.  

     To support my assignment as the BTS Enrichment Teacher, I am currently enrolled in the Gifted Education Certification Program through Rutgers Graduate School of Education.   To date I have completed three courses:

  • The Gifted Child 
  • Curriculum and Instruction for the Gifted
  • Gifted Program Development

     At BTS, we are fortunate to have a Literacy Support team that includes two Reading Specialists (me and Barbara Alfieri). Together, we work closely with classroom teachers to implement the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in the English Language Arts.  We also continually evaluate our literacy program to make sure it rises to meet these rigorous standards.  Most importantly, we work in partnership with your amazing children and you to help students achieve success in all aspects of literacy!

     Being both a Reading Specialist and an Enrichment teacher at BTS is a profound privilege.  Please know I welcome all opportunities for communication and collaboration! 

 

Lucy Ragoza