Museum Director Angelica M. Santomauro, Ed.D.

Angelica Santomauro has been the Executive Director of the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark since July 1992. Prior to that time, Santomauro served as a trustee and second vice-president on the museum’s board.

After receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education, Santomauro taught in the Jersey City schools from 1976-1990. During that time, she attended graduate school and earned a Masters Degree in educational administration and supervision from Kean University in 1982 and a doctorate from Rutgers University in 1989.

Throughout the last five years of her teaching career, Santomauro developed a program entitled Labor Studies In The Schools. Her sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students organized their own union, negotiated annual contracts with teachers and principals, and studied the history and contemporary issues of the labor movement. For this, Santomauro received numerous awards from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, NJ Historical Commission, the Jersey City Board of Education, WWOR-TV A Plus For Kids, Governor Kean’s Teacher Recognition Program, the Walter & May Reuther UAW Scholarship Program and the Leadership New Jersey Fellowship Program. She also taught graduate courses at New Jersey City and Rutgers Universities, and coordinated a Mentoring Program with the Hudson County Schools of Technology.

Now, as Labor Museum Director, Santomauro continues developing labor education classes for children and adults on site and speaks about justice in the workplace and other related topics around the country. As recognition for her work, she has received  the New Jersey Industrial Union Council Labor’s Recognition Award, The International Institute on New Jersey Immigrants Program Award, The Giblin Association Community Service Award and The Puffin Foundation Award for Commitment to Workers’ Rights.

Santomauro has had articles in the Amnesty International Journal, the NJEA Reporter and Review, the New York Times, the National Italian American Foundation Ambassador Magazine and other education and union publications. She was a featured guest on WWOR-TV, WNBC-TV, News 12 New Jersey, NJN-TV, WBGO-Radio, LITE-FM and WDVR-FM. She also appeared in the film Pane Amaro (Bitter Bread), which aired in Italy and throughout the United States.