Assistant Professor Katharine Mastrantonio has taught all levels of developmental English for the past nine years at Union. She says, "Union County College is an especially wonderful place to work because we believe in continuing to develop our own ideas and curriculum alongside helping our students develop their own expertise." Over the past year, Prof. Mastrantonio has participated in the Title V LEAP program which has implemented new accelerated pathways for improving the skills of developmental English students. She says, "I love to help students discover how much they can accomplish when they dedicate themselves to the study of reading and writing. When a student tells me, as one did recently, ‘I just can't read those articles anymore. I know so much it hurts,’ I know I am doing my job." Prof. Mastrantonio’s students say she makes "classes exciting" and that even after students complete their studies, "she still keeps in touch to see how we’re doing and hear about what we’re now studying." Prof. Mastrantonio is herself a community college graduate, having earned an associate degree from the Community College of Morris. She also received a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University, and a master’s of English Literature from Montclair State University. She recently completed her course work en route to a doctorate from New York University.