Executive Officers

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<p style="text-align: center;">Derek Sica</p>
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Derek Sica

President

Mr. Derek Sica is the K-12 Supervisor of ESL, Music, and World Languages in Jefferson Township.  As the grandson of Italian immigrants, his love of languages and cultures from a very young age led him to study Italian, Spanish, and Secondary Education at Muhlenberg College. He was able to merge his passion for student government, performing arts, and world languages as a class advisor and language teacher across several public school districts in New Jersey over the past twenty-five years.   He is a certified teacher of Spanish and ESL and has recently completed a Master’s degree in SLA Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University where he is a part-time instructor. He also holds two additional Master’s degrees from Montclair State University; Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction. He is a verified lover of balanced literacy, languages, and cultures and is a confirmed PD junkie.  He is the coordinator of the 2020-2021 Professional Development Workshop Series during his second year as a member of the FLENJ Board of Directors.  

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<p style="text-align: center;">Frank M. Ruggiero, EdD</p>
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Frank M. Ruggiero, EdD

Past President

Dr. Frank Ruggiero (@DrFrankWLandESL) is the district supervisor of world languages for grades 6-12 in the Edison Public Schools and was previously the K-12 supervisor of world languages & ESL in both the Livingston Public Schools and the Nutley Public Schools. In these roles, he implemented the Seal of Biliteracy and oversaw a comprehensive program review leading to a programmatic shift that included the design and implementation of integrated performance assessments.  As a teacher, he taught French and Spanish in Edison for over 15 years and was an adjunct at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham campus in Madison. After studying both French and Spanish at Drew University, he worked in international business and in French translation before joining the teaching profession. He completed his MAT in French and his EdM and EdD in educational administration at Rutgers. His dissertation research focused on how middle school interdisciplinary teaming affected members of a school community whose approach to teaming included core subject teachers but excluded world language and all other related arts teachers.

Frank has served FLENJ as president, treasurer, co-chair of the 2016 annual conference, and coordinator of the professional development workshop series.  He is also the northeast regional representative to the advisory council of NADSFL and a member of the NECTFL Board of Directors.  Professional growth has been a continuous thread throughout Frank’s 19-year career in education in both his own pursuit of growth opportunities and in his desire to help prepare the next generation of teachers and leaders. Most recently, Frank attended the ACTFL LILL summer institute and is spearheading a FLENJ mentorship program for pre-service and in-service supervisors of world language departments, as part of his personal plan to give back to the profession.

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<p style="text-align: center;">Glenny Jurado-Moran</p>
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Glenny Jurado-Moran

President Elect

Glennysha Jurado-Moran holds her B.A., M.A.T., and Supervision Endorsement from Rutgers University. She has been teaching since 1995 and is certified in Spanish, Special Education, ESL and Supervision. She began her teaching career at East Jersey State Prison, teaching math and science for the GED. At the Edison Public Schools, she taught Students with Disabilities from 1995-2001 and was a Spanish teacher at the middle school and high school levels from 2001-2013. Currently she is Department Chair of World Languages/ELL at PHS, Piscataway Township Schools. She has held this position since 2013.

Glennysha has been disseminating information and providing workshops and in-services for over two decades at various school districts, professional conferences (ACTFL, FLENJ, NECTFL, NJEA, NJAATSP and NJ DOE), and universities throughout NJ and the Northeast. Topics include developing interpersonal communication, curriculum mapping, technology, strategies/modifications for Students with Disabilities, and IPA’s. She has written curriculum for Edison Public Schools and created Classroom Application Documents for the New Jersey Department of Education (N.J.D.O.E.). She wrote Thematically Organized Assessments for the CAPS FLAP grant. In 2007, she received a FLENJ Mini Grant for her planning and implementation of pod-casting in the World Language classroom. She served on the model curriculum writing team for NJ DOE. In 2014, she was selected to the committee that revised the NJ Core Content Standards. Her presentation, Chit Chat: Building a foundation for interpersonal speaking, won Best of NJ at the 2015 FLENJ Spring Conference. During her tenure at Piscataway, Glennysha founded and serves as coordinator of the district’s ESL Academy/ELL Institute. This program received the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics “Bright Spot in Hispanic Education” as well as the NJ School Boards School Leader Award – District of Distinction for the ESL program.

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<p style="text-align: center;">Noemi Rodriguez</p>
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Noemi Rodriguez

Vice President
Programs

Noemi Rodriguez (@srtanrodriguez) is the Supervisor of World Languages, ESL, Music, and Family & Consumer Sciences for the Pascack Valley Regional High School District in northern Bergen County, N.J. She attended Rutgers University, where she earned her B.A. in Spanish and Ed.M. in Language Education & completed her Reading Specialist certification. Prior to supervising, she taught Spanish in the Freehold Township and Marlboro Township school districts in Monmouth County. She has also served as an adjunct professor for The Graduate School of Education of Rutgers University teaching graduate courses related to teaching methodology & assessment design. Noemi has presented at various conferences including AATSP, ACTFL, FLENJ, ISTE, NECTFL, and NJEA. As an avid user of technology, Noemi enjoys collaborating and sharing with other world language educators through her blog: http://srtanrodriguez.wordpress.com/ She also founded and organized EdCampWL & WL Tech Institute. For FLENJ, she has been involved in the mentor fellowship program since it started and has enjoyed getting to know many new World Language educators.

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<p style="text-align: center;">Ashley Warren, EdD</p>
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Ashley Warren, EdD

Vice President
Membership

Ashley Warren (@AshleyWarrenWWP) is a teacher in the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District. Ashley attended The College of New Jersey, where she earned her B.A. in Spanish and Secondary Education and her M.Ed in ESL & Bilingual Studies. She received her Ed.D from Rutgers University, where her doctoral studies focused on teacher leadership and teacher education. In West Windsor-Plainsboro, Ashley has taught everything from 4th and 5th grade Spanish to Advanced Placement Spanish Literature & Culture. She is currently teaching Kindergarten in WW-P’s new dual language immersion (DLI) Spanish program. Beyond WW-P, Ashley has taught ESL as an adjunct instructor for Middlesex County College. She has also conducted research through the Fulbright Hayes Group Project Abroad grant and FLENJ’s Education Program Abroad grant. Ashley loves collaborating with other educators, and is excited to continue learning and growing through her work with FLENJ.

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<p style="text-align: center;">Salvatore Veniero</p>
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Salvatore Veniero

Secretary

Salvatore Veniero began his career teaching German and Italian after graduating from the Catholic University of America with a degree in German and Secondary Education in 2009 and completing a program in European studies at the Collegio Europeo di Parma in 2011. Since September 2011 he has taught introductory through Advanced Placement German courses at St. Peter’s Preparatory School, adult and adolescent language courses at the Deutsche Sprachschule in Union, NJ and German 101 and 102 at New Jersey City University. In addition he spent two summers as a High School Credit Teacher at Waldsee, the German language camp of the Concordia Language Villages before enrolling in the Master of Arts program in German at Middlebury, which he completed in August 2017. In the summer of 2018 he taught an introductory course at Middlebury’s German School. He has been an active member of the American Association of Teachers of German and is currently the president of the Northern New Jersey Chapter. His passion for language learning and belief in its positive and dramatic impact on lives of students have driven these pursuits.

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<p style="text-align: center;">Tatiana Meza</p>
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Tatiana Meza

Treasurer

Tatiana Irina Meza is a forever learner and committed to collaborating and sharing with other world language and ESL teachers in New Jersey and beyond. She holds a Liberal Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College, a combined Certificate in Translation and Interpretation Studies from Hunter College, and a Master’s Degree in Urban Education with a Specialization in World Languages from New Jersey City University (NJCU). Tatiana is certified in ESL, Bilingual Bicultural Education, Elementary (K-6), Spanish (K-12), Social Studies, and is currently pursuing her Supervisor (P-12) certification. She has worked as an interpreter in Hudson County for parents of Early Intervention children, for the Hillsdale Board of Education and, before becoming a stay-at-home mother in 2006, she worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In her spare time, she immerses herself in learning opportunities and literature regarding equity and social justice and incorporates these themes into her work.

Tatiana serves as the District-Wide ESL Teacher in Hoboken Public School District and is overjoyed to serve on the Board at FLENJ.

Board Members

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<p style="text-align: center;">Mirta Barrea-Marlys, PhD</p>
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Mirta Barrea-Marlys, PhD

Board
Member

Dr. Barrea-Marlys is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Italian, as well as Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Monmouth University. In addition, she coordinates the MU Teacher Education/Spanish program and is the Department Career Advisor. She holds a PhD in Romance Languages from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was extensively trained in the communicative method of teaching languages and the pedagogy of second language acquisition. Her current research interests include preparation for and efficacy of oral and written proficiency testing for World Language teacher candidates, edTPA, and the role of language study in Education Abroad. She is recognized as an advocate for the profession and promotes developing multilingual skills during students’ university careers and beyond, to have the opportunity to earn the NJ Seal of Biliteracy, as well as to promote and incentivize university students to build on their multilingual strengths.  As a teacher candidate supervisor, Dr. Barrea-Marlys continues to mentor current and former students on language education, careers, and advocacy for the language teaching profession. She has worked on strengthening World Language teacher preparation programs and collaboratively
implementing the edTPA. At Monmouth University she is a member of the Council of Chairs,
the Peace Corps Prep Committee, the Teacher Education Advisory Committee, Chair of the
Global Education Committee, and the Study Abroad Faculty of Record.

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<p style="text-align: center;">Joy Chaney</p>
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Joy Chaney

Board
Member

Ms. Joy Chaney is an elementary ESL and World Language teacher in Highland Park.  She is the daughter of language teachers, and after visiting Spain and living with a family there as a teenager she knew that she wanted to teach language and culture to others as well.  She studied Spanish, French, German, and Italian in high school and went on to study Spanish and Italian at Rutgers University.  Ms. Chaney also has her M.A. in TESOL and Foreign Language Education from New York University. She has been teaching for twenty years and loves working with her young students n grades 2-5.  Ms. Chaney became a member of the FLENJ Board of Directions in April of 2021.

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<p style="text-align: center;">Karla Giron</p>
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Karla Giron

Board
Member

Karla Giron is a Spanish educator that teaches at Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey, New Jersey. She teaches level three Spanish Honors and College prep and AP Spanish Language and Culture. She is Salvadorian- American and began her journey in World Language eight years ago. She attended New Jersey City University and earned B.A. in Spanish and M.Ed in Educational Leadership at Saint Peter’s University. Her love for learning has provided her with many educational opportunities. She currently serves as the AATSPNJ executive board member. Teacher collaboration is something she joins to be part of. She is part of the Mentor fellowship program in FLENJ. This will be her third year being a mentor and looks forward to meeting World Language educators. Professional development creates academic growth and currently she is part of the facilitator professional development team at Don Bosco Prep High School. Last year she was the ACTFL recipient of Expanish scholarship in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is looking forward to attending in the near future . Also, currently a mentor for ACTFL. Educational growth is an ongoing opportunity for her.

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<p style="text-align: center;">Amelia Lodato</p>
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Amelia Lodato

Board
Member

Amelia graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Classical Languages and English in 2012 and is certified to teach English and Latin K-12. During the summer of 2017, she studied classical architecture at the American Academy of Rome after receiving the Edna White Rome Scholarship from the New Jersey Classical Association. In 2018, she received a scholarship to present on Digital Breakout Rooms at the American Classical League’s Summer Institute. She has been a mentor teacher at her current district and also volunteers to mentor Latin teachers through the American Classical Association. She is currently the Latin teacher at Nutley High School, where she began a free voluntary reading program in her classes and wrote curricula to move the Latin program towards proficiency-based instruction. She has worked with 1:1 technology for the past six years and held a professional development session on using technology in the classroom this past summer to help teachers transition to virtual and hybrid learning in the 2020-2021 school year. She is passionate about making students feel confident in their language skills using comprehensible input and helping teachers incorporate technology in their practice.

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<p style="text-align: center;">Lis Negron</p>
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Lis Negron

Board
Member

Lis Negron is a Spanish teacher at Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School in Bridgewater, NJ. She has taught all grade levels in both urban and suburban areas for the past 15 years. She received her BA in Spanish from Rutgers University and earned her MA in Professional Development in addition to her Supervisor Endorsement and Certificate to Teach Students with Disabilities from Seton Hall University. In her years teaching, Lis has written and revised curricula from elementary through high school and has presented professional development workshops at the district level.  Lis has also served as department chair for the world language department and helped with developing and implementing a world language high school special education curriculum.  She is excited about collaborating and sharing ideas with other world language educators.  She looks forward to continuing her growth as an educator and developing best practices for the world language classroom through her work at FLENJ.

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<p style="text-align: center;">Melissa Noble</p>
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Melissa Noble

Board
Member

I am a Spanish teacher who has a passion for languages. I attended New Jersey City University, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education and a Master in Urban Education with specialization in World Languages. I have taught various proficiency levels of Spanish. Currently, I am teaching Spanish 1 and Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture at Bridgewater-Raritan High School.  I am also the Co-Faculty Advisor of the Spanish National Honor Society.

Throughout the years as a teacher, I volunteered to participate in many departments and district wide- committees, including curriculum development and revision.  I have also presented at FLENJ and ACTFL in Washington, DC. I am committed to continuously learn by participating at professional development workshops and by learning and sharing pedagogical approaches with my colleagues and other World Language teachers.

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<p style="text-align: center;">Armando Quiroz</p>
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Armando Quiroz

Board
Member

Armando Quiroz currently serves as Interim Supervisor of World Languages and ESL in the Summit Public School District.
He previously served as Spanish Teacher and Team Leader at the Upper Middle School in Montgomery, NJ and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Spanish at Ocean County College. After completing his BA in Spanish Education at Kean University (’14), he pursued advanced degrees in Spanish Education at Universidad de Alcalá de Henares (’15) and in
Educational Leadership at The College of New Jersey (’19). Quiroz is certified to teach Spanish and English as a Second Language. His professional interests include building student agency, integrating diverse perspectives in curricula, and working toward equitable academic outcomes for all students.
Quiroz is a visionary educator that strives to facilitate language acquisition with authentic experiences and international collaboration. He developed an immersive Spanish summer program that virtually connected students with Spanish-speaking peers. Quiroz is co-founder of the Hispanic Heritage Club, which aims to promote positive development of students’ cultural identity. Quiroz has engaged in various forms of service. He was appointed to the Board of Education at nineteen years old and is believed to be the youngest to hold the position in Barnegat’s history. Currently, Quiroz serves as an Advisory Council member to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, a national organization that provides millions of dollars in need-based scholarships. He has led professional development workshops and has spoken at many events including as
Keynote Speaker of the Montgomery Township Schools’ 2020 Convocation.
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<p style="text-align: center;">Fernanda Saborido</p>
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Fernanda Saborido

Board
Member

Fernanda Saborido (@saboridof) is a French and Spanish teacher at Wayne Hills High School in Wayne, NJ. She has taught both languages at the middle and high school level over the past 21 years. She received her BA in French and Spanish from Montclair State University and earned her MAT in Spanish and her Supervisor Endorsement from Rutgers University. As a teacher, Fernanda has experience in writing and revising curriculum and presenting workshops both at the regional, state and district levels on a variety of topics, including technology. She is enthusiastic about collaborating and sharing with other world language teachers and has been a mentor for the FLENJ Mentoring Fellowship for the last six years. She is looking forward to working with new mentees.

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<p style="text-align: center;">Josephine Serrano</p>
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Josephine Serrano

Board
Member

Josephine A. Serrano retired as Supervisor of World Languages & ESL for the School District of the Chathams. She is a Cuban-American who began her journey in world language learning at the age of four and has happily continued this journey throughout all her life experiences.  Her passion for languages fueled her undergraduate degree in Spanish, French and Italian and further directed her successful business career, where she utilized her various languages and enjoyed wide-ranging experience in international account management. That same passion ultimately prompted her to change career to share her experience in using languages as a means to better connect with people of other cultures.  Prior to serving as District Supervisor, she taught Spanish at Chatham High School and served as an adjunct professor at County College of Morris.  She holds an MBA from Baruch College of CUNY and MAT from Montclair State University, has served as mentor within the FLENJ Mentoring Program for various years and with the NJDOE as committee member for the World Languages Model Program.  Besides serving on the FLENJ board, Josephine continues to develop and share her experience by providing consulting services in the area of World Language Education for public and private academic institutions seeking to modify, improve, streamline, or implement practices to elevate the performance of its teachers, students, and academic language programs.