3 Beloved Educators Close their Chapter on RHS

3 Beloved Educators Close their Chapter on RHS

Mrs. Martin became an English teacher at the age of 22. She began teaching in Park Ridge, but she has spent the majority of her 35-year career at RHS, arriving in the fall of ‘92. What are you most proud of as a teacher? I think I am most proud of the fact that through 35 years I have stayed true to who I am and what I believe in philosophically. As a parent and a teacher, I have always been a believer in rules, expectations, rewards, consequences and compassion. I was never one to win the “best friend” award in teaching and certainly never won that award at home as a mom. Children, no matter their age, are looking for guidance whether they admit that or not. Sometimes, when we are lucky, as parents and teachers, they reach out years later and thank us. As someone who is also starting a new chapter amidst a pandemic, do you have any advice for the senior class? We are living in an unpredictable world, and there is nothing we like more than a plan. If there is such a thing as reincarnation, I truly believe the lesson I was sent here to learn is that plans are overrated. Robert Burns, a poet, alludes to this in his poem “To a Mouse” (most of us in Ramsey only know the work as inspiration for Steinbeck’s book Of Mice and Men.) I have learned in 50 plus years of living that when we come to moments or times in our lives like this when things unexpectedly move out of our control, we need to roll with it. It may seem that our purpose is taken from us, but that is never true. Life does go on. It is up to us to spend as little time as possible grieving the loss of what we envisioned as ours to embrace, and to come up with new purpose, meaning, and passion. 

 

Mr. Chesney began his teaching career at Don Bosco Tech HS in Paterson as a physical education teacher. After that Dickinson H.S., in Jersey City as a Phys. Ed. teacher. In 1991, he was hired as a Special Education Teacher in Ramsey. He has Co-Taught with 12 different teachers in 4 different subjects and coached Baseball, Bowling, Football, and Basketball. He has been inducted into the NJ State Coaches Assoc. Hall of Fame (Baseball, Bowling) and won State Mr. Chesney, 31 years Sectional Championships in Baseball (2), Boys Bowling, and Girls Bowling. What are you most proud of as a teacher? There are many things that I am proud of as a teacher. When I look back at my 30+ year teaching and coaching career, I am extremely proud of the impact I have had on so many of my students and players. The ultimate reward is being able to have students and players believe in themselves and to achieve goals that they never knew they could. Many of my students and players have gone on to become educators and coaches themselves. To this day, I have students from the past come up to me and tell me of the impact I had on them. Over the years, I have become friends with many of them as they moved on beyond Ramsey High School on to all different chapters of their lives. It is great seeing so many of them being so successful in all walks of life. As someone who is also starting a new chapter amidst a pandemic, do you have any advice for the senior class? My advice to the senior class during the crazy time of a pandemic would be, TO BE FLEXIBLE. Many of us have created a road map to the future for ourselves. Nothing is certain in life, and things can change on a dime, as we are currently dealing with now. As opportunities present themselves, your education and career choices will change and develop as you do. Remember, life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. During this time of a global pandemic, things may seem uncertain and confusing, try to see this time as the first detour in the road map. Enjoy the ride, it may take you to places you never thought possible. 

 

Mr. Santulli worked in the Ramsey School system for the past 37 years, since 1983. He has taught algebra at the middle school (7th and 8th grade) for 12 years, at the high school for 16 years (algebra, computer science, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus) and he has been the Math and Business supervisor for the past 9 years. What are you most proud of as a teacher? I worked in the Ramsey School District for the past 37 years as a teacher, coach and math/ business supervisor and I am proud of the fact that so many of my former students and players went on to become happy, productive, and admired members of society. Some went on to become patent lawyers, heart surgeons, entrepreneurs, medical doctors, nurses, engineers and psychologists. The list of former students also includes Ramsey’s Science Supervisor (Mrs. Holly Falcone) and Ramsey’s Director of Curriculum (Dr. Andrew Matteo). Of course, I have had many, many students go on to become excellent teachers, especially math teachers. In fact, several of these teachers work right here for the Ramsey School District! For example, Mr. Martone who teaches math at Eric Smith Middle School, as well as Mr. Schmarge and Mr. Bailey who both teach math at Ramsey High School. As someone who is also starting a new chapter amidst a pandemic, do you have any advice for the senior class? This teaches us all to never take anything for granted. Enjoy and appreciate everything in your life both big and small since you never know when it could be taken away. Fortunately, we also see some tremendous acts of heroism, kindness, and unity. We should have the faith in God and each other that we will overcome all types of adversity and be stronger and more united than ever before.