Rita Olcay

"A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, in the most delightful way."
Mary Poppins
Rita Olcay

Ever since I was young, I was fascinated by cheerful people. When I observed my mother performing CPR on my Dad one time at home, it was a learning opportunity, not a tragedy; and he lived to a precious age of 94. I believe in my heart that these experiences guided me on my journey to becoming an RN, and an educator of health.

I began my journey as a nursing assistant when I was in high school. My community health rotation in the Bloomfield College BSN program was through the Montclair Health Department. I continue to work closely with them today.

After working in the medical field for many years and focusing on treatment, I decided to return to Caldwell University and obtain my teacher of health certification on a graduate level. It was time to engage in “preventive” progressive education.

I integrate health/wellness lessons into all three levels of education at the Co-op. I enjoy collaborating with teachers on themes, and working collaboratively on lessons. I especially enjoy the engagement of students when we share connections of the world and ourselves.
I enjoy writing and relaxing in my free time. I have traveled to Turkey to spend time with my in- laws, a life lesson that was priceless. My dream is to publish a book.