Master Mentor Teachers

 
Jennifer Bender
Master Mentor Teacher

Jennifer Bender is a Master Mentor Teacher (MMT) at Paterson-ASCS Elementary School, a campus of the New Jersey Arts and Science Charter School District, and serves as coach to the kindergarten through sixth-grade teachers. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education at Montclair State University, New Jersey. She is currently in graduate school at New Jersey City University to obtain her Master's Degree in Special Education. Before becoming the MMT at her school, she taught first grade for four years. Jennifer is interested in the Balanced Literacy model of teaching reading and writing, differentiated instruction, and using technology in instruction. In her role as a Master Mentor Teacher, she will provide coaching and professional development to her school’s teachers in order to guide them toward reaching their annual professional targets and formal observation goals. She is a new mom to a happy baby boy and enjoys decorating, drinking coffee, and going to the beach.
 
Jill Bond
Master Mentor Teacher

Jill Bond received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Saint Francis University. She taught for a total of 19 years in public and private schools. Jill began teaching in a Pre-K environment, where she was quickly promoted to Assistant Director. As Assistant Director, Jill ensured the facility was a safe and fun place for children to learn. She also managed staff, interacted with parents, and assisted with marketing for the school.After leaving Pre-K, Jill then taught First Grade at a private school. While teaching First Grade, she worked closely with the other teachers in her department, who mentored and helped her improve her teaching. Jill became interested in the idea of charter schools during this time. After five years of teaching in the private school, she was hired at Pace Charter School. She has been at Pace since 2003, where she has taught Kindergarten, First Grade, and Third Grade. After the 2012-2013 school year, Jill became the Curriculum and Instruction Specialist. During the 2013-2014 school year, she helped develop and implement curriculum. Jill also assisted in the application process for the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. The school was selected as a 2014 Blue Ribbon School. In August 2014, she was chosen by her Administrator to become the Master Mentor Teacher (MMT). Jill is excited to work with the SSI Project staff and the other MMTs.
 
Joanna Carriero
Master Mentor Teacher

I work as an MMT of Passaic Arts and Science Charter Intermediate School serving grades 3-5. I earned my Bachelors’ in Psychology from the College of Saint Elizabeth. After working as a Human Resources Manager for 5 years, I decided to revisit my childhood dream of becoming a teacher. I pursued my passion and returned to the College of Saint Elizabeth to receive my K-5 teaching certification. I was a Kindergarten aid and co- teacher in West Orange Public Schools for 3 years until I started working as a Kindergarten Teacher in the iLearn Schools Organization for 2 years. I was extremely honored to have been chosen to be a part of the SSI Project Team. I was pleasantly surprised to realize that coaching teachers has given me the same feeling of reward that teaching children has given me in the past. Great teachers create inspired learners and it’s wonderful to be a part of that equation as I continue to support my teachers in reaching their goals to become highly effective educators. I am an absolute animal lover and spend most of my time at home with my husband building upon our little farm full of pet ducks and chickens.
 
Jill Cummings
Master Mentor Teacher

Jill Cummings is a Master Mentor Teacher at Village Charter School in Trenton. She earned her B.S. from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Currently, she is enrolled at La Salle University where she is on track to attain her M.Ed with a concentration in 21st Century Learners. Working with children has proven to be a rewarding profession for Ms. Cummings through her ten years of teaching experiences. She has been teaching at the Village Charter School since 2009 as both a fourth and sixth grade teacher. In addition to being a classroom teacher, Jill Cummings also coached the co-ed middle school soccer team and girls’ basketball team. Working with adults is a new challenge for Jill. She welcomes the opportunity and seeks to make a difference in advancing teacher effectiveness at Village Charter School.
 
Claude Davila
Master Mentor Teacher

Claude Davila is a Master Mentor Teacher (MMT) at M.E.T.S. Charter School, and serves as coach to the some of Math Teachers and World Language Teachers. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania. Before becoming the MMT at her school, she taught Middle and High School Math for 4 years. Claude Davila is interested in innovative teaching practices and strategies, differentiated instruction, student centered instruction and using technology in instruction. In her role as a Master Mentor Teacher, she will provide coaching and professional development to her school’s teachers in order to guide them toward reaching their annual professional targets and formal observation goals. Claude enjoys playing Video Games on her Xbox, pinning images on Pinterest and is a Senior Tax Advisor 2 for H&R Block.
 
Carla Davis
Master Mentor Teacher

n the spring of 2015, Carla Davis was selected as a Master Mentor Teacher at Burch Charter School of Excellence in Irvington, NJ. Carla is enjoying her new role as MMT and looks forward to continuing with as well as contributing to the program. Prior to becoming an MMT, Carla taught third and fourth grade during the 5 years she has been at Burch. In addition to teaching, she was also the Grade Level Facilitator for fourth grade for three years. Carla holds a dual Education Cert. in Elementary Education and the Social Studies, which she obtained from Kean University, in Union, NJ. As a former student of Camden Public Schools, Carla is proof that dedication and “good teaching” can make a huge difference in the future of a child. Carla firmly believes that education is the gateway to success and is dedicated to ensuring each child receives a quality education. Carla is a wife of a loving husband, mother of three darling girls and can bake a mean cheesecake.
 
Nicole Greene
Master Mentor Teacher

Nicole Greene is a Master Mentor Teacher (MMT) for 2nd and 3rd grade at Newark Legacy Charter School (NLCS). Nicole is dually certified in Elementary K-6 and Teachers of Students with Disabilities. She is currently studying for her M.A.in Curriculum and Instruction online at Western Governors University. Before becoming a MMT at NLCS, she taught in a self-contained classroom with students of various learning disabilities. Nicole is highly interested in differentiated instruction, blended learning and coaching teachers. As a coach, it is her goal to guide and support teachers to attain their professional goals. She is a mother of two fun and loving daughters and enjoys spending infinite amounts of time with her husband and mother.
 
Kendra King, M.Ed.
Master Mentor Teacher

Kendra King, M.Ed., is a Master Mentor Teacher at Newark Legacy Charter School. She earned a B.S.Ed and and M.A.Ed in Education both from Seton Hall University and an M.Ed in Administration and Leadership from the University of Phoenix. Ms. King began her teaching career in 2000 at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Newark, and she continued her career in South Orange, Maplewood and Orange. She is a mother of three. Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends, reading and cooking.
 
Bridget McCarthy
Master Mentor Teacher

Bridget McCarthy is the new Master Mentor Teacher (MMT) at Bergen-ASCS High School in Hackensack, NJ. Prior to becoming MMT, she taught high school English for four years at BASCS and three years in a private school. Last year, she served as the English Department Chair at BASCS High School and learned that she enjoyed guiding teachers as much as her students. In previous years, her passion for teaching and love of travel brought her to Cameroon and Prague, Czech Republic to teach English Language Learners while earning her TESOL certification. She earned her BA in English from the University of Scranton and her MA in Education from Seton Hall University. Bridget is thrilled to be part of the Rutgers SSI Project Team as MMT, and is looking forward to helping her school’s teachers reach their professional goals.
 
Christine Mioli
Master Mentor Teacher

Christina Mioli is a Master Mentor Teacher (MMT) at Bergen-ASCS Elementary School, a campus of iLearn schools, and serves as coach to the Kindergarten through 3rd grade. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development/Family Studies with a focus on Child Development at Texas Tech University. Later she went back to school and became certified in Elementary Education. Before becoming the MMT at her school, she taught Kindergarten for 4 years and was the grade chair, Pre-Kindergarten for 3 years and has worked with children in an ABA classroom. Christina is interested in the Balanced Literacy model of teaching reading and writing, differentiated instruction, and using technology in instruction. In her role as a Master Mentor Teacher, she will provide coaching and professional development to her school’s teachers in order to guide them toward reaching their annual professional targets and formal observation goals. She is a mom of two girls under the age of 2 and enjoys being with family and traveling.
 
Ann Lezama
Master Mentor Teacher

Ann Lezama is a Master Mentor Teacher for M.E.T.S. Charter School located in Jersey City, New Jersey. She has worked at M.E.T.S. since 2012 as a science teacher and a department coordinator. In 1994 she graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and worked in the fashion industry for over a decade, but felt she needed a change in career direction. She returned to school to pursue a degree in chemistry from New Jersey City University with the intent of becoming a forensic scientist. It was during this time that she received notice about the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program in which she applied and was accepted. Being in the program allowed her to become certified to teach and obtain her Master of Arts in Teaching. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with children and now assist teachers.
 
Jennifer Lippe
Master Mentor Teacher

Jennifer Lippe is a Master/Mentor teacher for the Barack Obama Green Charter High School in Plainfield NJ. Jennifer has taught both Regular and Special Education for 14 years in grades k-12. Jennifer earned a Bachelors Degree from Rider University and a Masters in Teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Currently she is working toward a NJ Supervisors Certification. As a new Master Mentor teacher she is excited to have the opportunity to assist teachers in reaching their professional goals.
 
Maria Lopez
Master Mentor Teacher

Maria Lopez, is a Master Mentor Teacher at M.E.T.S. Charter School. A graduate from New Jersey City University in the field of Mathematics Education, she has worked diligently with teachers for the last three years to develop curriculum, instruction, and assessments that are common core based. Students are the focus and motivation as she works with teachers to create and execute lessons that will bring about academic success for students at M.E.T.S.
 
Shanimarie Ogilvie
Master Mentor Teacher

Shanimarie Ogilvie earned an undergraduate degree in Business at Rutgers University- Camden. However, she knew that education is where her passion laid and decided to pursue the alternate route in education. She gained experience working at Community Development Head Start in Dover, New Jersey and further honed her teaching skills at Berkeley Terrace elementary school. She taught kindergarten and first grade at Burch Charter School for seven years and is now a master mentor teacher for grades 3-5. She also earned her Master of Education at Montclair State University in Early Childhood and Elementary education. She enjoys learning about educational research, innovative and educational best practices so that all children can become lifelong learners.
 
Dawn Payne
Master Mentor Teacher

Dawn Payne is a Master Mentor Teacher. Before coming to the SSI Project, she taught fifth-grade general education, math, and science and sixth-grade science for 8 years in South Jersey urban district charter schools. She believes all students love to learn if it interests them and they find it meaningful, and her goal as a teacher was to bring as many science-oriented, hands-on learning opportunities into all subjects as much as possible. Watching students in the thrill of discovery, in the perseverance of a good challenge, and in the aha moments as they experienced the "light bulb" connections were incredibly rewarding and motivating for her as a teacher. She enjoys living in South Jersey with her husband and daughter, and she loves to visit her son in the Pacific Northwest, where they go fly-fishing, blackberry picking, and hiking through ancient forests.
 
Misty Palombo
Master Mentor Teacher

Misty Palombo is a Master Mentor Teacher for Hope Academy Charter School located in Asbury Park, New Jersey. She has worked for Hope since its opening day in September 2001. She graduated from Monmouth College in 1985 with a BS in Business Administration and minored in Accounting. She then continued her education at Monmouth University receiving her Masters in Elementary Education in 1998. She is very passionate about helping struggling readers and received Level 1 certification in The Wilson Reading System for dyslexia. Misty has 18 years teaching experience with grades K-6 and has also spent five years as Literacy Coach at Hope Academy. She grew up on the Jersey Shore and lives in Ocean Township with her husband, 2 children and her golden retriever, Gandalf. Her favorite place in the world is Hawaii.
 
Kavita Ramnarine
Master Mentor Teacher

Kavita Ramnarine is a Master Mentor Teacher at Jersey City Global Charter School. Prior to becoming an MMT at her school, she taught 2nd and 3rd grade. She graduated New Jersey City University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Education. She is currently pursuing her Master in Urban Educational Leadership at New Jersey City University. She believes that every student and teacher are unique individuals who enjoy different things, learn in different ways, comes from different backgrounds and celebrates different cultures. Kavita is excited about guiding educators in becoming great at their craft and passion for teaching. She enjoys writing and traveling to different countries!
 
Sharon Sanders
Master Mentor Teacher

Sharon Sanders is a Master Mentor Teacher at Hope Community Charter School. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Liberty University and has taught for the last 11 years in both private and public schools. Seeing the students learn and growth academically and socially is one of her greatest joys. She is a mother of two teenage daughters and enjoys spending time with family, gardening, running, and painting.
 
Tricia Sinisi
Master Mentor Teacher

Tricia Sinisi is a Master Mentor Teacher at METS Charter School in Jersey City, New Jersey. Tricia Sinisi earned her BA in English at York College of Pennsylvania. After a 10 year career in Business Management, Tricia Sinisi earned her Secondary Education Certification at New Jersey City University. Upon her graduation, she joined the METS Charter School opening team as an English teacher specializing in NJ ASK preparatory courses, creative writing, journalism, and standard English core classes. Over the last five years at METS, Tricia Sinisi has taught English for grades 6 through 12 as well as acting as the METS English Coach. In addition, she served on the assessment committee that developed the school’s Common Assessment Program. In addition to her coaching responsibilities, she has acted as the National Junior Honor Society Advisor and the High School’s Softball Coach. Tricia Sinisi has conducted school wide research to determine the school’s literacy needs and aided in establishing a Literacy Program to address the school wide initiative. Tricia Sinisi looks forward to continuing her role as a coach to provide the instructional staff with support, coaching, professional development, and guidance. In her free time, Tricia Sinisi enjoys reading, writing, and scuba diving.
 
Kelly Stevens
Master Mentor Teacher

Kelly Stevens received her BA from William Paterson University and her MA in English Education from California State University, Northridge. She is currently pursuing a second Masters in Administration. Before becoming a Master Mentor Teacher for the SSI project, she spent fourteen years teaching English in both private and public schools working mostly with middle school students. She currently works for Bergen Arts and Science Charter School in Garfield, NJ. She has a passion for writing and education, and is excited about the prospect of helping teachers become great practitioners who can help all students to learn.
 
Brittany Thomas
Master Mentor Teacher

Brittany Thomas is a Master Mentor Teacher (MMT) for Pre-K, 1st and 2nd grade teachers at Newark Legacy Charter School (NLCS). Brittany is dually certified in Elementary K-6 and Students with Disabilities. She is currently studying Educational Leadership at Seton Hall University. Before becoming an MMT at NLCS, she taught in self-contained and resource support settings for students with disabilities. As a coach, it is Brittany's goal to support teachers in utilizing best practices to attain teacher practice and student learning goals. Brittany is a mother of two and enjoys spending time with her family.
 
Rosangelie Torres
Master Mentor Teacher

Rosangelie Torres is a Master Mentor Teacher (MMT) at Jersey City Global Charter School. Prior to becoming a MMT, she taught Kindergarten for two years at JCGCS. She has seven years of total teaching experience in both Kindergarten and First Grade. She graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Urban Education.She is very excited in her new role as a MMT, and to have the opportunity to assist teachers develop,monitor, and reach their goals. Rosangelie loves to spend quality time with her family, traveling, and reading a good book.
 
Annette Walker
Master Mentor Teacher

Annette Walker is a Master Mentor Teacher. After her 15-year career as a business executive she sought new challenges assisting local children to become successful, confident, and capable citizens of the world by becoming a Social Studies teacher. Unexpectedly she discovered a passion for education that lead to exceptional achievements as a teacher and enrichment program innovator. Before coming to the SSI Project, she taught middle school Social Studies and Character Education in North Jersey urban district charter schools. She believes that students become engaged in pursuing education when they are exposed to hands-on learning opportunities connected to their life goals. While she pursues graduate studies in Educational Leadership, Ms. Walker enjoys living in North Jersey, traveling, and studying ancient languages.
 
Dawn Wynn
Master Mentor Teacher

Dawn is a Master Mentor Teacher at The Village Charter School in Trenton, NJ. She has taught at VCS for the past 7 years. She has been a 5th grade teacher and an 8th grade math teacher as she holds certifications in Elementary K-6, Business Education, and Middle School Math. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the Rutgers School of Business and her Masters in Education Degree from Central Michigan University. She recently earned her Supervisor’s Certificate through Rowan University’s Teacher Outreach Program. Dawn enjoys working with her colleagues and welcomes this new opportunity as a Master Mentor Teacher.
 
Lia Zizlsperger
Master Mentor Teacher

Lia Zizlsperger is a Master Mentor Teacher (MMT) at Passaic Arts and Science Charter School, a campus of the New Jersey Arts and Science Charter School District, and serves as coach to the kindergarten through third-grade teachers. Prior to becoming the MMT at her school, she taught kindergarten for two years and served as a third- and fourth-grade Title One teacher for English Language Arts and Mathematics. Her interests in education include the Balanced Literacy model of teaching Reading and Writing, Classroom Management practices, and Special Education. Lia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Hunter College in New York City and a Master of Education degree with a concentration in Special Education at College of Saint Elizabeth’s in Morristown. In her role as a Master Mentor Teacher, she will provide coaching and professional development to her school’s teachers in order to guide them toward reaching their annual professional targets and their formal observation goals.