Ann Genader

Title: Retired Educator, Journalist, Church Musician

Location: West Milford, New Jersey, United States

Ann M. Genader, Retired Educator, Journalist and Church Musician has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education, journalism and music.

At just 12 years old, Ms. Genader began playing the organ. Since 2013, she has been an organist for the Church of Good Shepherd in Ringwood. Prior to this appointment, she played for the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church from 1947 to 1967, as well as Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church from 1960 to 1984, and the Episcopal Church of Incarnation from 1977 to 1992 – all of which are located in West Milford, New Jersey. In the past, Ms. Genader was a teacher with the Pompton Lakes Board of Education from 1954 to 1959, the Oakland Board of Education in New Jersey from 1959 to 1963, and the West Milford Board of Education from 1963 to 1997.

Currently, she writes a weekly column for Suburban Trends newspaper, a USA Today publication. She is also a news reporter for the West Milford Messenger, a Straus Family Publication, as well as a freelance writer for many newspapers and magazines. In preparation for her career, Ms. Genader pursued a formal education at Jersey City State College, now known as New Jersey City University, earning a Bachelor of Science in 1954. She then attended William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, where she attained a Master of Arts in 1969. She also holds New Jersey teaching certification credentials in elementary and special education.

Experiencing many career highlights, Ms. Genader’s greatest career achievement that she is most proud of is meeting the daily challenges that came and handling them successfully. She was named West Milford Top Teacher of the Year from 1990 to 1991 and Passaic County Teacher of the Year in 1990-91. In 2014, she was honored in a Proclamation by the Passaic County Board of Freeholder for “significant contributions she has made and the time, effort and energy which she has unselfishly devoted to the citizenry of the County of Passaic.” The Township of West Milford honored her in 2013 with “A Special Recognition Award in grateful appreciation for 60+ years of reporting the news and events of West Milford. Thank you for sharing your abundant knowledge of our community’s history with all the people of our township.” In 2018, Ms. Genader was inducted into the Butler High School Hall of Honor. She is further the recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and was listed in the fourth edition of Who’s Who in Religion and 1992-93 and 1986-87 editions of Who’s Who in U.S. Writers and Poets.

The kind of legacy that Ms. Genader aspires to leave behind is as someone who did the best she could in helping all students, including those with various abilities, to achieve and have successful lives; as a journalist who always reported community news fairly and giving everyone an opportunity to be heard and for providing music that enhanced church services.

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