Below you will find a brief biography for many of the consultants working with the Northern Valley Curriculum Center..


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Mrs. Connie Alcoser is a Kindergarten Teacher at Haworth Public School.  She received her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education K-8 from Montclair State University.  She has also received a Masters in International Education from New York University and a Masters in Reading and Literacy from Marygrove College.  Mrs. Alcoser has taught both kindergarten and first grade throughout her10 years at Haworth Public School. She has also served on the Northern Valley Regional Professional Development Committee and as a teacher peer coach for the district as well.  Mrs. Alcoser believes that by helping students find authentic motivation in the curriculum they will become passionate about their own learning.  
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Louis Alloro M.Ed., MAPP is a change-agent working with individuals and organizations to enable positive evolution. He is one of the first 100 people in the world to earn a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He also studied identity construction in~his~masters in the Foundations of Education. He is cofounder of a 6-month Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) program, founder of a community-wide intervention (SOMO Leadership Labs) and a fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Wellbeing. Louis is a 1996 graduate of  Northern Valley Old Tappan!

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Mrs. Melanie Arnold is the Regional Behavior Consultant for the Northern Valley Regional High School District.  Mrs. Arnold received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Rutgers College at Rutgers University and her Master's Degree in Education from the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University.  Mrs. Arnold has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) since 2003.  Before becoming the Behavior Consultant for the Region in 2013, Mrs. Arnold was a classroom teacher of students from preschool through high school for thirteen years, the last eleven of which were with the Valley Program.  
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Mary Auriti is currently a sixth-grade ELA teacher as well as the sixth grade team leader at Tenakill Middle School in Closter. She has been in Closter since January, 2007, but previously taught second, third, and fourth grades in Passaic, Paterson, and Wayne. She received her BS in Education from Kutztown University and her MS in Teacher Leadership from Montclair State University. Mary has presented nationally at the NCTE conference as well as locally at the annual NJAMLE conference. She has facilitated workshops for the NVCC for the past four years.

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A.J. Bianco is a 7/8th grade Social Studies teacher at Harrington Park School in Harrington Park, New Jersey. He is a graduate of SUNY Oneonta, where he received his BS in Adolescent Education. Additionally, AJ received his Master's degree in History from Iona College. AJ is currently enrolled at Ramapo College, where he will receive a second Master's Degree in Educational Leadership.
AJ is an advocate for technology both in and out of the classroom. He incorporates a variety of technology tools, such as Google Apps for Education, Chromebooks and a Flipped model to enhance student learning within his classroom. AJ and his wife Jamie are parents to two amazing boys; Ryan and Daniel.

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Jennifer Brackenbury is the Media Specialist at Harrington Park School for the past 10 years.  She received her Bachelor's in degree in Education at St. Thomas Aquinas College.  She also received an Associate School Library Media Specialist Certification through Rutgers University and is presently taking classes to receive her certification in Supervision as well as her Masters in Educational Leadership at Ramapo College.   Mrs. Brackenbury has presented at the NJASL, The New Jersey Association of School Librarians.  Jennifer's favorite moment in the classroom is watching her students light up when they have found that perfect book.  


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Cathy Brajuha has been a Fifth Grade Teacher at Northvale Public School for the past 8 years.  She received her Master's Degree from Nova Southeastern University in Reading and Literacy, and fell head over heels for literacy.  After being departmentalized a few years ago, she met her second love, writing.  Utilizing Writer's  Workshop has allowed Cathy to see tremendous growth in students as they transition from elementary writers to middle school authors.  Cathy loves to learn and collaborate with colleagues, and is looking forward to growing professionally and personally during workshops.  
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Amy E. Brown serves as the Literacy Specialist for the Old Tappan School District and has been a facilitator for the Office of Curriculum and Instruction since 2002. She received her Bachelors Degree in Human Resources Administration, along with her teaching certificate, from Muhlenberg College and her Masters degree in Literacy from Long Island University. Ms. Brown holds Supervisory Certification and Orton Gillingham Teacher Certification. She is also a member of the Northern Valley's first cohort of instructional coaches. Ms. Brown teaches graduate courses through Regional Training Center for TCNJ and Gratz College in addition to working with private clients with dyslexia.
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Adam Brunner is a Technology Education teacher and coach at Northern Valley Regional HS in Demarest. He received his Bachelors Degree from The College of New Jersey where he majored in Technology Education. In addition to teacher, Mr. Brunner also serves on the executive board for New Jersey Technology and Engineering Educator Association (NJTEEA). As and executive board member of NJTEEA. Mr. Brunner works with teachers, schools, and state officials to offer professional development opportunities and state regulations.
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David Caminiti has been an English teacher at Northern Valley Regional HS at Demarest since 2003.  He holds a B.A. in English Literature from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY and an M.A. in English Literature from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT.  He also serves as a Technology Mentor for NVRHS at Demarest.
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Paul Capuzzo, M.S., is a mathematics teacher at NVRHS - Old Tappan.  He has a B.S. in Mathematics from Saint Peter's College and an M.S. in Pure & Applied Mathematics from Montclair State University.  He also holds a Supervisor's Certificate from Montclair State.  Paul presently
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Courtney Carmichael has over fifteen years in education. With prior classroom experience in both social studies and educational technology, she has presented at conferences at the state, national, and international levels. She is an adjunct professor at Kean University. Mrs. Carmichael has a bachelors in journalism and advertising, art, and political science from Northeastern University, a masters in social studies education from Rutgers University, and an educational specialist degree in education leadership, management and policy from Seton Hall University. ~She is currently working on her doctorate. While she currently lives in Mahwah with her husband Marc, originally she is from the Long Beach Island and misses driving an ice cream truck during the summers in Beach Haven.
Nicole Carnicelli has been a member of the Science Curriculum Committee since 2012 and has been teaching Middle School Science since 2009 (6th Grade Earth Science, 7th Grade Life Science and Forensics) at Haworth Public School in Northern Valley. She has also been a facilitator for the office of Curriculum & Instruction since 2014, specializing in Science Curriculum, Next Generation Science Standards & STEM Education. Nicole graduated from Saint Joseph's University in 2003 with a Bachelors of Science (major in Interdisciplinary Health Services and Minor in Art) and is currently completing a Masters in Special Education with a focus on Autism. In addition to teaching Middle School Science, she also teaches STEM based workshops to students throughout Bergen County and teachers within the Northern Valley District. Additionally, she is the head coach for Science Olympiad and resides in the Northern Valley with her husband and two sons.
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Nicole Chamberlain is a teacher at Haworth Public School.  She earned a Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of Vermont and her Masters Degree in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus on Reading & Writing from Teachers College, Columbia University.  She presented her Masters research at the International Conference of Teacher Research, Chicago (2007) and New York (2008) and was a 2014 Governor's Teacher Recognition Nominee.  Before joining the teaching staff at Haworth, Nicole worked with children with autism in Applied Behavioral Analysis programs in New Jersey.  Nicole is trained through the Teachers College Reading and Writing project and continues to advance her professional practice in math, literacy, curriculum development, technology, classroom management, and teacher peer coaching.
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Christine Cleary, BA Graphic Design, MS Educational Technology, has taught elementary art at Hillside School in Closter for over 30 years. Prior to teaching, Mrs. Cleary was employed as a graphic designer and fashion illustrator, and continued to freelance while teaching. She received her undergraduate degree from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, and received her teaching certification through William Paterson University. Mrs. Cleary continued her education at New York Institute of Technology, receiving her Masterís degree in Technology.


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Mrs. Allison Collucci is the Emergent Literacy Specialist at the T. Baldwin Demarest School in Old Tappan.  Before becoming the Emergent Literacy Specialist she taught kindergarten, first and second grades.  She received her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from William Paterson University and her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education/American Studies from Douglass College at Rutgers University.  Mrs. Collucci holds a supervisory certification and is an Instructional Coach for the Northern Valley.  Mrs. Collucci has taught various Balanced Literacy and Reading workshops for the Northern Valley Curriculum Center.
Jennifer Cusmano-King is the Science Supervisor for the Northern Valley Regional High School district in Bergen County, New Jersey.  Prior to that, she was a supervisor and lead teacher for the Randolph Township Public Schools. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from The College of St. Elizabeth, Master of Science in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology with a focus in biochemistry from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from The College of St. Elizabeth. Jennifer is a past-president of the New Jersey Science Educators Leadership Association (NJSELA), a statewide professional leadership organization for those in the field of science education.  She has over fifteen years of experience designing and implementing education programs at the P-16 levels. Jennifer has made presentations to local and national audiences including programs sponsored by the New Jersey Science Teachers Association (NJSTA), the New Jersey Technology and Engineering Educators Association (NJTEEA), and NJSELA. Jennifer is expert in the field of science and STEM education, and has a passion to ensure all students are scientifically literate and prepared for success in a global society.
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Vito De Laura is the Grade 5 Mathematics teacher at Norwood Public School. He received his undergraduate degree in Middle School Education with an emphasis in ELA and Social Studies from Morehead State University. Vito has two Masters degrees; one in Instructional Technology, and the other in Educational Leadership. Mr. DeLaura was part of the Northern Valley's first coaching academy class.  Vito has worked with the curriculum center for many years in providing meaningful, authentic staff development opportunities.
Jeannine Deramo is a Literacy Consultant. She received her Bachelors Degree in Education from Villanova University, completed coursework in Reading at Montclair State University and received her Masters in Literacy at Dowling College on Long Island. Prior to becoming a literacy consultant, Jeannine was trained through Teachers College Reading & Writing Project, and has taught reading and writing workshop in grades 5-8 in New Jersey, New York and Baltimore.
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Bridget DiMartini is the Grades 5-8 STEM teacher and Gifted and Talented Teacher at Demarest Middle School.  She received a Bachelors Degree from The University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters Degree in Education from the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University.  Prior to Demarest Middle School, Mrs. DiMartini taught in Edison NJ and at the Demarest Luther Lee Emerson School.  Mrs. DiMartini has presented at the New Jersey Association for Education Technology Conference, TECHSPO, and is currently actively involved in designing and implementing a dynamic STEM curriculum.
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Aimee Edwards is a 4th and 5th grade special education teacher for the Therapeutic Intervention Program (TIP), which services students with emotional and behavioral challenges. Ms. Edwards currently teaches 4th grade language arts and math and 5th grade science and social studies.  Prior to this year, Ms. Edwards has taught Kindergarten through 5th grade and a variety of curricular subjects.  She received her Bachelorís Degree in Psychology from Ramapo College of New Jersey, as well as, attending a graduate program at William Paterson University to receive both Elementary and Special Education teaching certifications.

Dr. David Eichenholtz is Co-Director of the peace, Justice, and Reconciliation Center at Bergen Community College.  He is also Associate Dean for the College/High School Partnership Department .
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Kim Faustini  is a school psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She received her master's degree and certification as a school psychologist from Fairleigh Dickinson University and her BCBA Certification from Florida Institute of Technology.  Kimberly has worked in the NVRHS district since 2001 and has performed and facilitated various roles and duties, including behavior consultant for the Valley Program, conducting functional behavior assessments for all Region III school districts, presenting workshops, staff training, and her current role, working as a psychologist and consultant for Region IIIís Special Education Program: The Therapeutic Intervention Program (TIP), which is designed to meet the needs of students with emotional and behavioral challenges from 1st through 8th grade.

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Audrey Friel is a Third Grade Teacher in Hillside School in Closter.  She has taught there for over 20 years teaching and learning with various aged students and in several capacities.  She received her Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Rowan University and her Masters in Elementary Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  She has been trained in coursework in areas such as Columbia University Teachers College, Reading and Writing Project, authentic assessment, students with special needs, inclusion, character education, professional development, positive psychology, and more.  She is passionate about sharing her research on mindset, motivation, and daring greatly.  She has presented workshops for various organizations exploring these topics for herself, educators, health professionals, psychologists, and all humans!
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Charlene Gerbig MS, Ed.  is a Third Grade Teacher at Hillside School in Closter.  She previously taught in private schools in Virginia and New Jersey, the Teens and Tots program at Northern Valley Old Tappan High School and Language and Literacy graduate classes for the Rockland Teachers' Center.  Mrs. Gerbig received her Bachelor's degree in business at Rider University and her Master's degree in Early Childhood Education at Old Dominion University.  In addition to serving as district co-chair to the Regional Professional Development Committee, Mrs. Gerbig also works with the Northern Valley Curriculum Center as a peer coach.  
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Dennis Gordon is the Digital Citizenship Teacher and Technology Coach at the Patrick M. Villano Elementary School in the Emerson School District. He received a degree in Political Science from York College in Pennsylvania and earned his M.Ed. in Integrating Technology in the Classroom from Walden University. Additionally, Dennis has presented at both~the New Jersey Association for Educational Technology's annual conference and the Bergen County Association of School Administrators' Winter Leadership Institute and is currently in the process of becoming Google Apps for Education Certified.
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Jonathan Gray is a Spanish Teacher and Technology Mentor at Northern Valley Regional HS in Demarest.  He received his Bachelors Degree from Lafayette College where he majored in International Affairs and minored in Economics and Business.  Mr. Gray also holds a Masters Degree in Administration and Supervision from St. Peter's College.  Mr. Gray currently serves on the Local Professional Development Committee at Demarest and in the past he has coached varsity boys' soccer, served as an administrative intern and served on various technology committees at Demarest.  
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Marianne Grocela has been a teacher at Harrington Park School since 1997.  She had taught Kindergarten and first grade for many years before moving into her current Fifth Grade Language Arts position.  She received her BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with a minor in Literature from William Paterson University.  She is a member of the Language Arts Committee at Harrington Park School where she assists Language Arts teachers in developing units for the Reading and Writing Workshops.
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Jonathan Harris has been teaching since 1999 and has been at Northern Valley Regional HS since 2003, serving as Director of Instrumental Music and now as Supervisor of Related Arts. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from William Paterson University of NJ, a Masters of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Connecticut, and a Masters of Education degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati. He has served on the executive boards of the Music Educators of Bergen County, Inc. (MEBCI) and the North Jersey School Music Association (NJSMA).

Nicole Hodgson
NVRHS Educator
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Jamie Hudak is a mathematics teacher at Northern Valley Regional High School of Demarest. He has taught the entire spectrum of math classes from Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trig-Stat, Calculus, and AP Computer Science. Jamie has been presenting with the Northern Valley Curriculum Center since 2013. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics from William Paterson University and a Master's of Science in Pure and Applied Mathematics from The
Graduate School at Montclair State University. Prior to Northern Valley Jamie taught mathematics at Garfield High School where he was also the school technology coordinator. Jamie also presents at workshops for the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey, and is an evening professor at
Northampton Community College of Bethlehem, PA where he teaches Business Calculus, Calculus II for Science and Engineers, and The Nature of Numbers. Jamie also serves on the Board of Education for Pohatcong Township where his primary contribution is curriculum.

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Diana Hunt graduated from Quinnipiac University receiving a BS in OT, and from Long Island University receiving an MPA in Health Administration. She worked for many years at Bergen Regional Medical Center in Psychiatry, as Director of OT and as a Program Director for 4 Psychiatric Units. She then worked at Ramapo Ridge Psychiatric Hospital as Director of Rehab Services. She became the Associate Director of the OT Assistant Program at Mercy College helping to design and establish its new program. She also taught at Kean University, Dominican College and Rockland Community College. She has worked in school settings for the past 15 years, the most recent 10 years at Northern Valley. She is a past President of the NJ OT Association and served as the NJ Representative to the American Occupational Therapy Association for 6 years. Diana was named a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association in 2007. She has presented many workshops over the years, most recently Handwriting using HWWOT and Sensory Processing Disorder.
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Joanne Iyo is the Technology Coordinator at Hillside Elementary School, Closter, NJ. She was a first, second & third grade classroom teacher at Hillside School before assuming her current position. She received her B.A. from Colby College and her M.A. and Ed.M. in Curriculum Development & Instruction from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Nancy Jakubowyc
Harrington Park School Educator
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Dave Janosz is a Supervisor in the Northern Valley Regional High School district.  Prior to that, he taught Technology Education in Northern Valley ñ Old Tappan High School and at Fair Lawn High School, his alma mater, for a total of twelve years.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Education and Technology and a Master of Arts degree in Technology Education from Montclair State University.  He also holds a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Rutgers University. Dave is a past President and former Executive Director of the New Jersey Technology Education Association, a statewide professional organization for those in the field of technology education.  He has over fifteen years of experience designing and implementing education programs at all grade levels P-12 and has made presentations to local, national, and international audiences. He is the creator of a Podcast about the study of technology and engineering called “Education for Innovation,” maintains a blog at TeachIngenuity.com, and is an author of McGraw-Hill's Pre-Engineering program text.
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Christina Joseph-Rizzo has taught grades 1 through 4 in various districts in Northern New Jersey. She holds her Masters Degree from Teachers College with Lucy Calkins, and has participated in the Northern Valley Curriculum Center's Coaching Academy. She is a literacy coach at the Hillsdale Public Schools and a member of the Lit Together Think Tank.
Mrs. Silvia Jost is the K-4 Science Teacher at Hillside School in Closter, and previously, taught fourth grade in the same school.  She received her B.A. in Speech and Theatre with a concentration in Broadcasting, and M.A in Elementary Education from Montclair State University.  She has presented literacy workshops at Northern Valley Curriculum Center, as well as at the Paramus Reading and Writing Institute.  Additionally, Mrs. Jost has served as a Literacy Coach in the Northern Valley schools.
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Dr. Steven Korner earned his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and has been appointed to the following positions: director of the child and family unit of the Benjamin Rush Center in Philadelphia; director of psychology and assistant professor of psychiatry, New York Medical College-Metropolitan Hospital Center; and associate professor (tenured) in the doctoral program in child-clinical psychology and director of the school psychology program at Seton Hall University prior to working as a psychologist at Harrington Park School.  He has been appointed to chair the continuing education and media committees of the New Jersey Psychological Association, was elected president of the Bergen County Association of Licensed Psychologists, and currently is on the Advisory board of the Learning Disability Association of New Jersey.  Dr. Korner has either published or presented over 50 papers and was editorial consultant for the journals Private Practice in Psychotherapy and Psychotherapy in Independent Practice.     
Jeff Krapels is an English Teacher at Northern Valley Old Tappan. Mr. Krapels earned his Bachelor's Degree in English and a minor in Spanish from the University of Delaware, his M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Scranton, and is currently earning his certificate in supervision from Rowan University. He also serves as a Tech Mentor, a member of the Local Professional Development Committee and has led professional learning in the areas of Digital Citizenship, and incorporating technology in instructional practices. Mr. Krapels is also the newspaper advisor and a class advisor at NVOT, as well as the head boys' and girls' swimming coach at NV Demarest.
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Dr. Mark Lampert has been working with children diagnosed along the autistic spectrum for over 20 years. He began his experience at Douglas Developmental Center at Rutgers University. Throughout his career Dr. Lampert has worked in many different positions in the special education field including paraprofessional, teacher of the handicapped, school psychologist, family counselor, public speaker and behavioral consultant. He has presented on such topics as social skills, bullying, disability awareness and addressing challenging behaviors in the classroom. Dr. Lampert is a New Jersey certified Teacher of the Handicapped, New Jersey certified School Psychologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has received his doctorate in psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. In addition, years of training and performance experience in improvisational theater throughout New York City have assisted Dr. Lampert in developing a unique approach to social skills delivery and public speaking events.  Currently Dr. Lampert works as a school psychologist/behavior consultant for the Valley Program (a public school program servicing children with autism). In addition, Dr. Lampert helped develop and provide instruction for a private non-for profit organization (Voices Now!) dedicated to provide social skills instruction to students diagnosed with autism.

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Megan Langan is a Math teacher at Northern Valley Regional HS in Old Tappan. She received her Bachelors Degree from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she majored in Hospitality and Tourism Management.  After working in the industry for 3 years, she decided to earn her Masters of Arts in Teaching at New Jersey City University.  She has been working at NVOT since 2007, where she currently serves the roll of Technology Mentor.  She also works as a private test preparation tutor.
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Stefanie Marsich is the Supervisor of Curriculum, Instruction, and Staff Development for the Woodcliff Lake School District. She previously taught middle school language arts at Demarest Middle School and served as an instructional coach in the Northern Valley's first cohort. Mrs. Marsich earned her Bachelors degrees in Elementary Education and English from The College of New Jersey and her Masters degree in Education Leadership, Management, and Policy from Seton Hall University. She is passionate about professional learning and is thrilled to collaborate with educators in the Northern Valley in her role as a consultant for the Curriculum Center.
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Linda Mayer brings experience as a Northern Valley High School FACS teacher, professional development leader and coach.  More recently she has been working as an educational consultant on developing learning teams and providing direct coaching to individual teacher leaders and administrators in the service of amplifying exemplary leadership practices and raising student achievement.  
Linda is published in the Journal of Staff Development and has presented at state and national conferences. She is currently president of Learning Forward DC and a mentoring committee member with the Association of Talent Development DC.  Originally from New Jersey Linda now calls D.C. home.  Her new address provides for diverse experiences and a much shorter distance to travel when visiting her family in Richmond VA. She holds a B.S.in Education and an M.A from Montclair State University in Supervision and Administration with a concentration in Educator Trainer.
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Patty McGee is the author of the upcoming book on feedback in writing (Corwin 2017) and a Literacy Consultant with Gravity Goldberg, LLC. Patty McGee's passion and vision is to create learning environments where teachers and students discover their true potential and power.  Patty's favorite moments are when groups of teachers are working with students together collaboratively in the classroom.  She does her best literacy research by practicing on her two children, age 10 and 15.  
Nadine McGrath has been a teacher in Northvale since 2008. She has worked as a special education teacher for 7 years and is currently teaching Basic Skills and Orton Gillingham for grades K-3. Nadine graduated from Seton Hall University with an Elementary and Special Education degree with a concentration in math. ~She continued her education at William Paterson in the field of Literacy and became a certified Reading Specialist in 2010. ~Nadine continued her education and became an Orton Gillingham Teacher in 2014.
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Melissa McHale has been the School Library Media Specialist in the Harrington Park School District for the past two years. She has over ten years teaching experience at Harington Parl. Melissa has a passion for childrenís literature and loves to incorporate story telling throughout the curriculum. Melissa presented Stories and STEM at the NJSL fall conference. Melissa values collaboration and is motivated to share her ideas for 21st Century Learning.

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Jennifer Mezzina is a Spanish teacher and Technology Mentor at Northern Valley Regional HS in Old Tappan.  She is a doctoral candidate in the Educational Leadership, Management in Policy program at Seton Hall University.  Mrs. Mezzina earned a M.S. in Educational Technology from Ramapo College and her B.S. from the College of New Jersey in Elementary Education and Spanish.  She currently coaches the OT Varsity Debate team, leads the Professional Development Committee at Old Tappan, is as a member of the Regional Professional Development Committee, is an Instructional Coach, and serves as an Administrative Intern.    
Krissy Mueller has been a facilitator for the office of Curriculum & Instruction since 2013, specializing in Science curriculum, Next Generation Science Standards & STEM Education.  Ms. Mueller earned her BA in Science & her teaching certification from Felician College. She went on to complete her Master's degree in both Administration/Supervision and Special Education. Ms. Mueller has been a member of the Science curriculum committee since 2002 and has been teaching middle school science since 2000. Additionally, Ms. Mueller coaches Volleyball and Softball at Northern Valley Old Tappan and resides in the Northern Valley with her husband and two daughters.
Chris Nerkizian is a special education teacher at Luther Lee Emerson School in Demarest, NJ.  He received is B.A. in History from West Virginia University and an M.S. in Education from Long Island University. Chris is a certified Smart board instructor. Mr. Nerkizian enjoys the challenge of effectively incorporating high tech, low tech, and no tech in the classes he leads as well as collaborates.
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Kimberly Niland has been a third grade teacher at Harrington Park School for 8 years. She received a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Ramapo College of New Jersey and a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and English from the University of Rhode Island. Additionally, Ms. Niland holds Principal and Supervisor Certificates.
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Danielle Nix is a Mathematics teacher and Instructional Coach at Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest.  Danielle received her undergraduate degree in Mathematics from The College of New Jersey. She has also earned a MS in the Natural Sciences from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and, a M. Ed. in Educational Leadership from Bank Street College of Education.  Additionally, Mrs. Nix holds Supervisory Certification.  In addition to her work at the NVCC, Danielle teaches at Montclair State University's PRISM summer institute, whose focus is helping teachers in grades 5-8 implement the CCSS.
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Mrs. Helen Park is currently a Fifth Grade Language Arts Teacher and Seventh Grade Writing Teacher at Charles DeWolf Middle School in Old Tappan. She received a Bachelors degree in English and Education at Barnard College. She received a Masters degree as a Literacy Specialist at Columbia Teachers College's Reading and Writing Project. She also holds a supervision certificate from Montclair University. Prior to teaching at Charles DeWolf Middle School, Mrs. Park taught Third and Fourth Grade at T. Baldwin Demarest Elementary School in Old Tappan.
Carl Quillen received a B.A. degree from Lafayette College, a Certification in Instruction from Rider University, and Masters Degree in Education Leadership, Management and Policy from Seton Hall University. For several years now Mr. Quillen has taught courses at the Curriculum Center on Google Earth and Google Drive 2. He has taught 6th grade Earth science for 8 years in the Northern Valley and is presently a teacher of middle school Science, Robotics and Current Events in Demarest. Additionally, he is the Coordinator of the Gifted Talented program where he serves as the Bergen County Brain Buster Coach and a member of the Valley Interdisciplinary Approach program. (VIA)  
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Magdeline Rabelo
World Language Teacher, NVRHS District
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Dr. Patricia M. Raupers began her career in education as a teacher of Social Studies at Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan where she also served as the Coordinator of Gifted Programs.  After many years as a classroom teacher she was offered the task of working with administrators and teachers to create a professional development program for the educators of the eight Northern Valley districts.  She worked for the Northern Valley Schools consortium as a staff developer, supervisor of professional development, and later as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction.  Dr. Raupers was an original member of the New Jersey Staff Development Council and later represented the Northern Valley as the co-president of the Bergen County Curriculum Consortium.  Most recently, Dr. Raupers has served as a Superintendent of Schools in Waldwick and Norwood and an Adjunct Professor at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education.  Her undergraduate and masters degrees are in history and education from Seton Hall University and her doctoral degree is in Instructional Leadership from St. John's University.  
Kathryn Rausa
Harrington Park School Educator
Jonathon Regan, M.A. is principal of Demarest Middle School. Mr. Regan received a Bachelors Degree and teaching certificate from Montclair State University and his M.A. in Educational Leadership Management and Policy from Seton Hall University. Jonathon is currently in his third year serving the Northern Valley as a staff developer. Additionally Mr. Regan serves Demarest public schools and has held positions in staff development, Curriculum and Instruction, Social Studies, Reading, Gifted & Talented, and Problem Solving.
Jennifer Rilli
Sixth Grade Mathematics Teacher, Demarest School District
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Ron Romano is the District Supervisor of Social Studies for the Northern Valley Regional High School District since 1997. Prior to that he taught Social Studies classes at NVOT beginning in 1982. He received his BA in History from Muhlenberg College and his MA in Administration and Supervision from Seton Hall University.  Mr. Romano is a frequent attendee at historical conferences and workshops.  He was selected to attend the Teacher's Institute at George Washington's Mt. Vernon where he further developed his love for the American Revolution.  
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Jeannie M Ryan, Ed.D,  is an English teacher and Instructional Coach at Northern Valley Regional High School, Demarest.  She hold a BA in English from Boston College, a MA in English from NYU, and a doctorate in Instructional Leadership from St. John's University.  Currently, she serves on her local and regional professional development committees.  She enjoys coaching veteran teachers as well as teachers in the new teacher academy.   Her workshops focus on strategies that help students take ownership of their learning.  
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Justin Saxon is 6-8th grade special education Language Arts & History teacher.  He received a Bachelorís Degree from the University of Delaware in English Literature. Mr. Saxon continued his education at Felician College attaining teaching certificates in General Education, Special Education, and received specializations in both History and Language Arts subject areas.  He worked as a Behavior Consultant for the Region II school districts and has presented at the Cosac National Conference that focused on inclusion and social skills for high functioning Autism.   Mr. Saxon began his teaching career for NVRHS Region III Special Education teaching in The Valley Program and is currently teaching as a 6th through 8th grade special education teacher in Region IIIís Therapeutic Intervention Program (TIP) that is designed to meet the needs of students with emotional and behavioral challenges from 1st through 8th grade.
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Peter Scanlan, Visual Arts Teacher, NVRHS District
After graduating from the School of Visual Arts in 1986 Peter Scanlan spent the next eighteen years as a freelance illustrator creating artworks for clients such as Universal Studios, Nintendo, Marvel Comics, The New York Times, and many others before becoming an art teacher for Northern valley Regional High School in 2004. Since then Scanlan has shared his knowledge of traditional and experimental art making techniques with students and fellow teachers in the classroom and in workshop settings.

Debbie Shapiro holds a M. Ed. from the Rutgers Graduate School of Education and a Certification in Positive Psychology from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Heath where she studied Positive Psychology with Tal Ben-Shahar.
Kathy Snyder has 22 years of teaching experience, including grade four through college in Life science, Earth Science, and, Anatomy, and Physiology. ~Mrs. Snyder has a BS in Education from Drake University and a Masters in Biomechanics from Penn State.  She currently teaches Earth and Life sciences in Norwood. ~Mrs. Snyder resides in Norwood with her husband, and spends abundant time with her grandchildren.
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Jonathan Spoelstra is a Fine Art teacher at Northern Valley Regional HS in Demarest. He specializes in Digital Art, Graphic Design and Animation. He received his Bachelorís Degree from Wheaton College in Illinois where he majored in Studio Art with an emphasis in photography and film. Jonathan has a Masterís Degree in Teaching and Curriculum with Technology from Grand Canyon University. He also works in graphic design as a freelance designer and animator and is a member of the Art Educators of New Jersey.

Karen Sterinsky
First Grade Teacher, Old Tappan School District
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Kelly Stevens works for the Demarest Public Schools.  In addition, she has taught Second Grade, as well as a second through fourth grade language and learning disabilities class.   She received her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Rhode Island and a Masters of Professional Studies in Elementary and Special Education from Manhattanville College.  She has also completed coursework in the area of Educational Technology. In addition to classroom teaching, Kelly is also an instructional coach in the Northern Valley, as well as a trained mentor. She has also served on curriculum writing committees for both Language Arts and Science.
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Dr. Laura Sullivan is the Supervisor of Instruction for Curriculum and Educational Technology in Old Tappan. Prior to that, she had been teaching in Closter for over 25 years as the computer teacher/coordinator and, more recently, the Seventh Grade Mathematics Teacher. She received her B.A. and teaching certificates in Elementary Education and Mathematics from William Paterson University. Additionally, she earned both her M.S. in Mathematics, Concentration in Mathematics Education and Ed.D. in Mathematics Pedagogy from Montclair State University. Throughout her career, she has served in many leadership capacities: seventh-grade team leader, mathematics department chairperson, district and regional mentor and instructional coach, and has served as a consultant at Northern Valley Regional Curriculum Center. Her strength and passion is implementation of technology in the classroom.
Paige Sydoruk is currently in her second year of teaching at Demarest. Currently, Paige teaches 7th Grade Life Science, Ecology, and Health.  Paige graduated from Rowan University with a B.A. in elementary education and middle school math/science education.  Paige graduated with a Masters in Education from Montclair State in special education.  She is currently attending Seton Hall University for her Ed.D in Educational Leadership.
William Tantum is the Technology Integration Program Supervisor for Closter Public Schools. He received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University. He also earned a MS in Educational Technology from Ramapo College and a MA in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University. Before becoming a supervisor, William taught all core subjects in fifth and sixth grade, taught computer applications at the high school level, was a middle school technology resource teacher, and worked at the district level overseeing technology integration and broadcasting. He has been a district staff developer and has also presented at the state technology conference, TECHSPO.
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Julia Verno is currently a Special Education teacher at Demarest Middle School. Previously, she has taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades in an inclusive general education setting. She has an Elementary Education certification, Middle School Mathematics certification and is Highly Qualified in Language Arts. Julia recently graduated with her Masters Degree in Inclusive Education from Montclair State University and utilizes methods of inclusion on a daily basis. Her passion is to inspire educators to realize that all students can learn in an inclusive general education setting by applying a few simple techniques that all educators can use.
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Mrs. Wiseman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) for Region III special services. She received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Towson University and received her Masters in Social Work at The University of Maryland.  She has over 11 years of experience in counseling, assessment, crisis intervention, behavior management, and teaching social skills.  Additionally, she has extensive experience in facilitating therapeutic, supportive and educational groups.
Joanne Werner
Demarest Middle School Educator
Brandon Wood has worked with over 100 teams that compete at youth, high school and college levels. Brandon is also a speed consultant for multiple teams at Montclair State University. Brandon is the director of Team Training, which is home to multiple conference, league, state and national title teams. The Team Training Program has serviced over 4000 athletes since 2009. Brandon is the sprint coach for Northern Valley Demarest High School.   He has a B.S. in Exercise Science, NASM-CPT, USAW.
Julie Worgul has been a special educator in Demarest Middle School since 2006 and is highly qualified to teach all subject areas.  Julie graduated from college with an Elementary and Special education degree with a concentration in social science.  She continued her education in the field of Literacy and became a certified reading specialist in 2008.  Following her passion to teach children how to read, she continued her education and became an Orton Gillingham teacher in 2014.