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Nicole Pepe

Co- President of NJ Teacher to Teacher, LLC
Consultant and Presenter

Nicole Pepe

Nicole is a co-founder and C.E.O. of  NJ Teacher to Teacher, LLC, founded in 2005 with the goal of  providing high quality professional development and consulting to educators.  She is an experienced classroom teacher for over 7 years, in elementary and middle schools. She received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds a NJ Standard Teaching Certificate K-8. Nicole is Highly Qualified in the state of New Jersey as a Language Arts teacher. She obtained a Master of Elementary Education from Rutgers University in 2001, with a concentration in Instructional Technology. Nicole obtained her supervisor and administration certificates with NJEXCEL. She is a member of the Kappa Delta Phi Honor Society, 2002. In addition to districts supported through NJ Teacher to Teacher, LLC, Nicole has been a provider of professional development for the following agencies - Center for Effective School Practices, Rutgers, NJ, Mathematics Coalition Presenter at the CMSCE, Rutgers University, EIRC - Education Information and Resource Center, and Schoolwide, Inc.

Darlene Farrace-Prott

Co- President of NJ Teacher to Teacher, LLC
Consultant and Presenter

Darlene is a co-founder and president of  NJ Teacher to Teacher, LLC, established in 2005, with a mission of providing teachers with high quality professional learning and development. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kean University in New Jersey. Darlene holds Elementary Education, Supervision, and Principal Certificates.  She has over 15 successful years of Elementary Education experience. Her vocation as a staff developer and educational consultant includes traveling to many districts throughout NJ and providing best instructional practices and support in the areas of Mathematics and Literacy. Darlene enjoys collaborating with other educators in order to effectively increase student achievement. She is excited to share her experiences, ideas and strategies with other professionals in the field of education. In addition to the consulting services provided by NJ Teacher 2 Teacher, other professional experiences include presenting for the Center for Effective School Practices, Rutgers, The Center for Math, Science and Computer Education, Rutgers, and Schoolwide, Inc.

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Lauren Benjamin

Consultant and Presenter

Lauren Benjamin has taught at the Manhattan New School, P.S. 165 and most recently at Dobbs Ferry School District in Westchester County. Throughout her classroom experience, she has worked with various populations of students and taught primary and upper grades. Her classroom served as lab where teachers and administrators from around the country could view elementary literacy instruction. She conducts workshops for in-service teachers, led study groups and has taught graduate level courses in literacy at Pace University, New York University and Hunter College.

As a teacher and a consultant, Lauren presented and collaborated with administrators, coaches and teachers. She guides with planning, analysis, study groups, and workshops. In addition, she has presented at many national and state level conferences.

Along with Lisa Elias Moynihan, Lauren's classroom was an integral part of two of Tony Stead's videos on nonfiction literacy instruction entitled Time for Nonfiction and Bridges to Independence: Guided Reading with Nonfiction. In addition, Lauren co-authored an article with Lisa on the nonfiction read aloud that was published by School Talk in the Spring of 2005. Lauren and Lisa are currently writing a book on content integration throughout the literacy block, which is scheduled to be published by Stenhouse in 2012.

Lisa Bratus

Consultant and Presenter

Lisa Bratus is an enthusiastic presenter and consultant for NJ Teacher 2 Teacher. She has been a certified teacher with more than 8 years classroom teaching experience. Lisa specializes in designing workshops that encourage differentiated instruction across the curriculum in grades K-4. Her classroom experiences have encompassed a wide range of special education scenarios. These experiences have led to a special interest in creating a balanced classroom through co-teaching and a hands-on learning environment. Lisa graduated from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA with a double major of elementary education and criminal justice. She has been a vital member on several curriculum writing committees in the subject areas of language arts, math and science. Lisa is a dedicated educator who truly enjoys presenting learning strategies to teachers, parents and students throughout New Jersey.

Natalie Crisafulli

Consultant and Presenter

Natalie Crisafulli is an enthusiastic presenter and consultant for NJ Teacher 2 Teacher. She has been a certified teacher with more than 12 years classroom teaching experience. Natalie began her teaching career in fifth grade Math and Science and since then has taught 7th Grade Mathematics for 10 years. Natalie specializes in designing math workshops in grades K-8. The workshops allow for students and teachers to use hands-on strategies which lead to exploration and discovery. She has enjoyed modeling these strategies with teachers and students. Natalie graduated from West Chester University in West Chester, PA with a major in Elementary Education. She has her Master’s Degree in Counseling which she received at New Jersey City University.

Catherine Kovarcik

Consultant and Presenter

Catherine Kovarcik's educational background in math, science and technology has been the basis for the problem-solving based workshops she presents. Catherine specializes in Basic Skills instruction, exploring hands-on strategies for learners to succeed. As a Math Specialist, she has written curriculum and worked with every grade level from elementary through middle school. Preparing students and informing parents for NJ ASK assessments are primary aspects of her work. Through her own school district and NJT2T, Catherine has mentored in-service and new teachers. She returned to The College of New Jersey to obtain Masters of Education in Educational Leadership, additionally obtaining NJ Principal and Supervisor certificates.

Andrea M. Harbison

Consultant and Presenter

Andrea M. Harbison has been an educator for over 20 years. Her experience includes 9 years as an associate kindergarten teacher, a resource teacher for Sylvan Learning Systems, 4 years as a sixth grade home room teacher of all subjects, one year as grant coordinator for an education/job training program for young adults, three years as a Head Start Site Director for Monmouth County Head Start Neptune City, and Assistant Director of Education for the same program. Andrea is a double major honors graduate of New Jersey City University holding a BA in Elementary Education and Geo/Environmental Science. She is a registered education consultant and instructor of adults with Professional Impact New Jersey.

Nancy Frederick

Consultant and Presenter

Nancy Frederick is so excited to be a part of the NJ Teacher to Teacher team! She graduated from the University of Delaware with a BA in elementary and special education with an emphasis on reading instruction. She also has her master's degree in special education from Kean University. She has 12 years of teaching experience in Woodbridge Township in grades 1-5. She is trained in Wilson Reading and has developed workshops to provide staff development on the topic. She has worked with children with various learning disabilities in a variety of classroom settings. Nancy's specialties include co-teaching, inclusion, Wilson Foundations and differentiated instruction. She firmly believes that, when given the proper tools and strategies, all students can learn. There is no such thing as a "one size fits all" approach. She is also trained in preparing students with learning disabilities for standardized testing such as NJ-ASK. She loves to collaborate with other educators and is excited to share her ideas and strategies.

Jill Perez

Consultant and Presenter

Jill Perez views her life as a compilation of rich learning experiences that include various schooling opportunities, travel and unique personal adventures. When Jill initially began her journey into the education realm she was an anthropology graduate. She did not envision herself as a teacher, but more as an explorer. This prompted her to view the role of a teacher as a "miner" (Gloria Ladson-Bilings), believing every student has knowledge and potential and thus guiding students to their full self-discovery. It was in fact anthropological studies that led Jill towards an educational career path.

Jill has been a public school teacher for over a decade in both urban and suburban schools. She has taught several different grade levels in the subjects of health, math, social studies and yoga. And though she is a highly qualified teacher of academic subjects it was her practice as a yoga teacher that encouraged her to reflect more on the art of teaching. Jill believes that yoga shaped her approach to learning and teaching. Yoga encouraged not only her own creativity, but her students as well, allowing for a collective exploration of the human spirit present in the classroom dynamic.

As alum and Part-Time Lecturer of the Rutgers Graduate School of Education, the works of John Dewey have inspired Jill's educational outlook. Jill believes that schools should serve as agents of change, reflecting the evolving needs of our democracy. As a parent, she also comprehends the necessity to involve families and communities in school affairs. She feels that if we want our students, our babies, to succeed we need to create learning environments that promote caring, respect, individuality and peace.

Donna Turso

Consultant and Presenter

Donna Turso has been an educator for 35 years. Upon graduation from William Paterson University, earning a BA in Early Childhood Education, Donna’s career began as a first grade teacher at Parker School in Middlesex, NJ. Donna spent 22 years as a classroom teacher there, and was awarded the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Teacher in 1990 and 1999. Along with several colleagues, Donna was instrumental in launching a new approach to reading and writing with the integration of Science and Social Studies themes.

Donna’s passion for literacy education inspired her to complete her Masters degree in Reading from Rutgers University in 2001. Donna now holds a NJ Reading Specialist Certification.

In September, 2001, Donna was hired as a reading specialist in the West Orange School District. Her collaboration with the other teachers there provided the experience and insight which would prove to be invaluable in her work with students, teachers, and parents.

In September, 2005, Donna was hired as the Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach at Bedminster Township School. Since this was the first time the district employed the services of a reading specialist, Donna’s duties were numerous. The work at Bedminster School provided Donna with the opportunity to work with small groups of students in an early intervention program, as well as to serve as a mentor and coach to the K-4 classroom teachers. In time, Donna was overseeing the reading and writing programs and working alongside the teachers to write units of study and curriculum maps for Grades K-2. Additionally, Donna frequently presented “Mini Academy” professional development workshops to teachers in all areas of best practices in English Language Arts Literacy. Donna served on the 504 and I&RS committees, as well as a member of the district’s professional development ommittee. She was awarded the Bedminster Township Teacher of the Year Award in 2009.

Now, Donna’s career in education has come full circle with the opportunity to work as a consultant and presenter for New Jersey Teacher 2 Teacher. She is thrilled to be able to share what she has learned along the way and to gain insight from the educators she works with for the good of the students

Geralyn Gerhart

Consultant and Presenter

Geralyn Gerhart has been an educator for 22 years within the private and public sector. Upon graduating from Glassboro State College (presently known as Rowan University) earning a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, Geralyn’s career began as a Manager at AT&T. Within AT&T, Geralyn became a Global Training Director. She continued to partner with businesses around the world providing training and development consulting services. Throughout her 19 years, she achieved Leadership and Development awards up to and including the prestigious Achiever’s Club award in 1993, 1994, and 1995. Geralyn’s passion for education and training led her to become a business owner, creating The Global Group, offering Training and Consulting Services, globally.

In 2002, Geralyn’s passion for education continued where she extended her expertise accepting a position at Joyce Kilmer School, in Milltown, New Jersey. Presently, she works as an Accelerated Language Arts teacher for 7th & 8th grade and a Gifted and Talented teacher for 4th & 5th grade. Additionally, Geralyn serves as the Language Arts Supervisor and Language Arts Curriculum Developer. In 2006, she was awarded the Governor’s Teacher of the Year. Moreover, she spear-headed the implementation of a leading edge differentiated instructional strategy, Curriculum Compacting, which continues to be implemented throughout her School District throughout grades 3 through 8. Geralyn continues to partner with educators within and outside of her school district to insure student learning is maximized. With that said, in the summer of 2008, Geralyn was consulted to develop a Literacy Program for Rutgers University. This “Family Literacy” program continues to be offered to all 4th grade students and their families.

In 2012, Geralyn was selected to participate on the School Council Improvement Team S(SCIP). Geralyn was, thoroughly, trained on the Danielson Model and is responsible for the training and implementation at Joyce Kilmer Middle School. With that said, she continues to train the Middle School staff relating to associated programs for complete implementation. Furthermore, she was selected to be a member of the District Education Advisory Council (DEAC). Equally, her passion led to spear-heading the Big Brother Big Sister Program which continues to be offered.

John Acampora

Consultant and Presenter

John Acampora is thrilled to be part of NJ Teacher to Teacher! He graduated from The College of New Jersey with a BS in elementary education and psychology. He also has a master’s degree from New Jersey City University in Educational Technology. John is a certified special education teacher, in addition to holding his supervisor certification. Currently, his role is within the Springfield Township School District as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Since 2006, John has been working as an elementary school teacher with experience in the primary and intermediate grades. He has been providing professional development for teachers in the areas of: technology, Balanced Literacy, and Guided Math. Curriculum writing and aligning has become his area of expertise as many districts seek assistance with aligning to the Common Core State Standards. John has received training from Teachers College at Columbia University in the areas of Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop and enjoys helping districts implement these programs. Additionally, John has collaborated with university faculty to present and prepare in-service teachers with the skills necessary to effectively integrate technology across the curriculum, as well the importance of embracing Universal Design.

Karen E. Norman

Consultant and Presenter

Education: William Paterson: BA in Elementary Education, Teacher of Reading Certificate, MA Reading Specialist; New York University: Reading Recovery Teacher and Teacher Leader Certification

Experiences: Thirty seven years of experience in Education, Grade 4 and 5 Teacher, Reading Specialist, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, Supervisor of English/Language Arts K-12, Adjunct Professor at William Paterson University and Rutgers University, Literacy Consultant, Conference Organizer and Presenter, Tutor

Conducted workshops in all areas of literacy including guided reading, reading and writing workshop, benchmark assessments, the continuum of literacy, moving students up a gradient of difficulty of texts, literature circles, strategy instruction, collaborative structures, integration of literacy, social studies and science, etc. In addition, conducted workshops in differentiation in all subject areas. Recently, have been presenting PARCC sessions.

Sarah Degnan Moje

Consultant and Presenter

Sarah Degnan Moje holds a B.A. in English Literature with a specialization in Dramatic Literature from New Jersey City University and an M.Ed in Education with a specialization in Administration and Supervision from Saint Peter's University. She holds New Jersey teaching certification in K-5 Elementary Education and 9-12 English Education and a C.E. in Administration and Supervision.

Sarah is currently the Academic Dean at Saint Dominic Academy, an independent Catholic school for young ladies in grades 7 through 12. In addition to her role as Academic Dean, she also serves as English Department Chairperson and teaches AP English Literature and Composition as well as 9th Grade Honors English.

Previous to that, she worked at Robert Treat Academy Charter School in Newark, NJ, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. She served as the Reading Development Teacher, working one on one with small groups of students across grades one through eight, developing and enhancing their reading scores. Previous to her employment at Robert Treat Academy, Sarah served for nine years as the Director of Admissions and Chairperson of the English Department at Immaculate Conception High School in Montclair, NJ, where she was also responsible for the implementation of the Advanced Placement program.

In addition to her full time position at Saint Dominic Academy, Sarah engages in some freelance educational writing for several online and print educational services.
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