New Rochelle High School Teacher Ana Ferreira Honored with the William Roberts Charitable Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award

The Monmouth University School of Education honored three high school teachers from the region at its 17th annual William Roberts Charitable Foundation Outstanding Teaching Awards dinner on May 25.


In recognition of their outstanding teaching accomplishments, Janine Arciero of Old Bridge High School, Ana Ferreira of New Rochelle High School; and Mary Beth Rosen of Mahwah High School were each honored with the Roberts Teaching Award. Each teacher was nominated by a Monmouth University senior for their outstanding teaching proficiencies and dedication to education.


Ferreira has been an English teacher at New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, New York for the last 15 years, and also taught at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York. She speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish, and German, and is the advisor for the Portuguese Club, the German Club, and the Sophomore Club. Ferreira graduated with her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English and German from the University of Aveiro in Portugal, and earned a Master of Science in English Education from Manhattanville College in Purchase.


“My goal as an educator is to make sure that every student comes to class and leaves with a lifelong experience, along with a relationship that they build with each other and me,” said Ferreira. “The interactions that happen in my classroom help to build the reading lives of my students. Teaching is truly a rewarding profession.”


Ferreira was nominated by her former student Jenna Cordaro ’22.

“Mrs. Ferreira was more than just a teacher,” said Cordaro. “She cared about her students’ success inside and outside of the classroom and she went above and beyond to ensure that each student was excelling in her class,” Cordaro said.


The Monmouth University–William Roberts Charitable Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award was instituted in 2006 by Life Trustee William Roberts to recognize outstanding secondary school teachers who have made an important contribution to the education of current Monmouth University students.


Nominated teachers received a congratulatory letter with the three award recipients receiving a monetary award of $1,500 and a plaque of commendation.