Letter to the Editor: Ragonese Has All the Qualities to Make an Impact on Lakeland School Board

Marisa Ragonese is exactly who we need on the Lakeland Board of Education. She has more than 16 years of experience mentoring teens at a teen center she started in Astoria, Queens, and then later, as a director for a county-wide civic engagement program for Westchester’s teens and preteens.   

What separates Ms. Ragonese’s mentoring style from the rest includes her ability to encourage and empower students. She is passionate and specifically skilled in cultivating leadership skills, critical thinking skills, self-advocacy and confidence in young people, which is key to individual success and happiness in life. 

As a mother of two and a volunteer and mentor of young people myself, I know just how important these skills are. Further, Ms. Ragonese holds a bachelor’s degree from NYU, a master’s degree from Rutgers, has served as a graduate fellow and research assistant, taught graduate-level students and is currently a candidate for her doctorate. She is also a mom and an active PTA member at George Washington Elementary. 

Please vote for Marisa Ragonese for Lakeland Board of Education on May 18.  

Jennie Sunshine
Yorktown

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