Caroline Bassillo, Beloved Glen Ridge Teacher, Dies at 29

CarolineBassillo.jpgStudents and colleagues alike are passionate when they speak of Caroline Bassillo, a beloved Glen Ridge Middle School English teacher, who passed away last Friday after a protracted illness. Basillo, who was just 29, was a gifted teacher who brought the type of wisdom and instinct to her work that was expected from a more seasoned professional.
GR school psychologist Edward Bobinski said, “She met each of her students at their own individual level of ability, and used various learning styles to inspire outstanding academic accomplishments. Her upbeat presence and warm smile will be sorely missed by all who knew her.”

Bassillo earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from the College of New Jersey and a Master’s degree as a learning-disabled teacher consultant from Montclair State University. Within GRHS, Bassillo assumed a major leadership role in encouraging teachers and administration to continue to learn about education. She was the Professional Development Committee liaison between Montclair State University and the district.
Originally from Rochelle Park, Bassillo lived in Nutley. Her passing was marked by an emotional moment of silence at the GR High School graduation ceremony on the evening of her death.
Caroline Bassillo is survived by parents, Frank and Ann Bassillo, of Rochelle Park, brothers Christopher and Frank, sisters in law Meg and Sandra, and nephew A.J.
Memorial donations may be made to Hackensack University Medical Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, 30 Prospect Ave., Hackensack, NJ 07601.
Funeral service: Tuesday, June 29, 9:30am, Vander Plaat Memorial Home, Paramus
Mass: 10:00 am (procession will walk down street to church) Sacred Heart R.C. Church
Interment: George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, NJ
The family will receive friends at Vander Plaat Memorial Home today (June 28), from 2:00 to 4:00pm and from 7:00 to 9:00pm. For information, please ring 201.843.3100.
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  1. How sad…
    Her spirit will live on in the lives of the students she touched.
    My thoughts and prayers go to her family, her students and the community.

  2. Ms Bassillo was my son’s English teacher in 7th grade where they read a number of works including “The Pearl” and “To Kill a Mockingbird”. My son enjoyed the class and a couple of years later still talks about the stories they covered.
    She was a wonderful teacher who instilled a love of literature in her students.

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