Executive Officers

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

President

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;">Laura McClintock</p>
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Laura McClintock

President Elect

Laura McClintock is a French teacher in the Burlington Township School District, where the majority of her teaching takes place in the middle school. Laura is also an adjunct faculty member at Rowan University, where she teaches in the World Language Department and in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education. At Rowan, Laura teaches French courses, as well as Methods courses. Additionally, she serves as a Clinical Practice (student teaching) supervisor. In addition to teaching at Rowan, Laura has taught French courses at various community colleges and universities throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Laura has attended and presented at a variety of conferences, such as FLENJ, NECTFL, ACTFL, and the NJEA Convention. She has also given workshops within her own school district, as well as other school districts in New Jersey. The topics that Laura has focused on are teaching in the target language, children’s books in the World Language class, station based learning, and games in the World Language class.

Laura received her Master of Arts (MAT) in Teaching French at Rutgers University, New Brunswick and her undergraduate degree at Rutgers University, Camden. She also received her New Jersey Supervisor Endorsement at Rowan University. While in her undergraduate program, Laura spent a semester in Nice, France. Laura is looking forward to growing as a teacher and learning from other educators as she serves on the Board at FLENJ.

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

Past 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

Advisory Trustee

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;">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 language educator 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. Most recently, she taught Kindergarten in WW-P’s Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Spanish program. Currently, Ashley serves as the proud supervisor of WW-P’s World Language & DLI Department. 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;">Fernanda Saborido</p>
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Fernanda Saborido

Secretary

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;">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;">Jessica Castro-Verrault</p>
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Jessica Castro-Verrault

Board
Member

Jessica Castro-Verrault (@jessicaverrault) is a teacher in the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District with 16 years of experience.  Jessica attended The College of New Jersey where she earned her B.A. in Spanish and Secondary Education and her M.Ed in ESL.  She also earned her certificate in Supervision at Rowan University.  Jessica has taught various levels of Spanish at both the middle and high school.  In addition to teaching Spanish, Jessica served as Teacher Resource Specialist for Technology for 3 years. An avid user of technology,  Jessica believes in leveraging technology to create meaningful student-centered learning experiences that can be differentiated to meet their unique needs.  Jessica has presented professional development both in her district and beyond.  She has also served as a mentor for ACTFL and within her district.  Beyond the classroom, Jessica enjoys building relationships with her students and school community as a Class Advisor.  She has served on various committees throughout the district during career and has collaborated with her colleagues numerous times on curriculum writing and revision.  Jessica enjoys learning and collaborating with other educators and looks forward to continuing her learning with the FLENJ Board of Directors.

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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 in 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;">Maria D’Apolito</p>
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Maria D’Apolito

Board
Member

Maria D’Apolito has had the opportunity to teach Spanish at both the high school and middle school levels.  She has been teaching at Robert R. Lazar Middle School in Montville, NJ since 2001, where she first taught Spanish. In 2003, she had the pleasure to develop the middle school Italian curriculum.  Since then, she has enjoyed teaching both languages and cultures to many enthusiastic students. She received a B.S. in Marketing from Seton Hall University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Spanish and Italian.  In 2009, she earned a Supervisor certificate from NJEXCEL. Maria has also been involved in creating and editing curriculum, and participated in various school/district committees to enhance teacher and student learning. Maria continues to enjoy learning by attending workshops and professional development. She is also a member of ITANJ.

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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;">Julie Mitschow</p>
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Julie Mitschow

Board
Member

Julie Mitschow is currently the K-12 Coordinator of World Languages and ESL/Bilingual for Nutley Public Schools. Julie is now leading a team of language educators in the district in which she grew up. In her current position, Julie is a fierce advocate for the needs of multilingual learners and their families. As a native Spanish speaker, Julie is a strong supporter of bilingualism and its impact on learners and their futures. Julie graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s degree and worked in the private sector for years prior starting her career in education. Julie returned to school to obtain her ESL certification as well her Master’s degree in Teacher leadership. Julie is a lifelong learner with a passion for shaping future leaders and positively impacting teachers and students.
is currently the K-12 Coordinator of World Languages and ESL/Bilingual for Nutley Public Schools. Julie is now leading a team of language educators in the district in which she grew up. In her current position, Julie is a fierce advocate for the needs of multilingual learners and their families. As a native Spanish speaker, Julie is a strong supporter of bilingualism and its impact on learners and their futures. Julie graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s degree and worked in the private sector for years prior starting her career in education. Julie returned to school to obtain her ESL certification as well her Master’s degree in Teacher leadership. Julie is a lifelong learner with a passion for shaping future leaders and positively impacting teachers and students.

Laura has attended and presented at a variety of conferences, such as FLENJ, NECTFL, ACTFL, and the NJEA Convention. She has also given workshops within her own school district, as well as other school districts in New Jersey. The topics that Laura has focused on are teaching in the target language, children’s books in the World Language class, station based learning, and games in the World Language class.

Laura received her Master of Arts (MAT) in Teaching French at Rutgers University, New Brunswick and her undergraduate degree at Rutgers University, Camden. She also received her New Jersey Supervisor Endorsement at Rowan University. While in her undergraduate program, Laura spent a semester in Nice, France. Laura is looking forward to growing as a teacher and learning from other educators as she serves on the Board at FLENJ.

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

Board
Member

Melissa Noble is a Spanish teacher who has a passion for languages. She attended New Jersey City University, where she  earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education and a Master in Urban Education with specialization in World Languages. Melissa has taught various proficiency levels of Spanish. Currently, she is teaching Spanish 1, Spanish 4H, and Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture at Bridgewater-Raritan High School.  She is also the Co-Faculty Advisor of the Spanish National Honor Society.

Throughout the years as a teacher, Melissa volunteered to participate in many departments and district wide- committees, including curriculum development and revision. She has also presented at FLENJ and ACTFL in Washington, DC. Melissa is committed to continuously learn by participating at professional development workshops and by learning and sharing pedagogical approaches with her 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;">Matthew Raden</p>
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Matthew Raden

Board
Member

Dr. Raden earned his Ph.D. in Spanish literature from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. A life-long learner, he has served as an educator for 27 years, as a graduate teaching fellow in Spanish at the University of Pennsylvania, a full-time college professor for 5 years, an adjunct professor for 14 years and a Spanish teacher in the Cherry Hill and Moorestown school districts for 18 years combined. During his tenure in the Moorestown Public Schools, he has taught at Moorestown High School, William Allen Middle School and more recently at the Moorestown Upper Elementary School (grades 4-6). Having taught every age group from 4th grade Spanish to Advanced Placement, Dr. Raden possesses first-hand knowledge of the different challenges involved in engaging students of all ages and levels of proficiency. He also taught language, literature, civilization and culture at Ohio University and at Tulane University. In addition to his full-time position in the Moorestown Public School District, he also teaches on-line Spanish as a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University, Camden. 

Dr. Raden is an active presenter at the district and state level: the Moorestown Township School District, the FLENJ Annual Conference, the NJEA Annual Conference, the RU On-line Conference at Rutgers, New Brunswick; and the Teaching and Technology Conference at Rutgers, Camden. His main areas of interest are pedagogy, technology and cross-cultural communication. 

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<p style="text-align: center;">Tracy Zarodnansky</p>
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Tracy Zarodnansky

Board
Member

Tracy Zarodnansky has been a high school Spanish educator since 2003.  Spending the first half of her career at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, Tracy was involved in many school committees including the School Schedule Task Force, mentoring a new teacher, mentoring a student teacher, and advising multiple classes and the Student Soldier Support Club.  Tracy left Hunterdon Central in 2015 and began teaching at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North in January 2016 where she continued her involvement in her school community, advising the classes of 2020 and 2024 and the Gender-Sexuality Alliance as well as sitting on various committees.  Tracy was also an adjunct Spanish professor at both Raritan Valley Community College and Rider University.  Throughout her career, Tracy has taught and helped write curriculum for Spanish 1-Advanced Placement Spanish Literature and Culture.  

Tracy graduated from The College of New Jersey with her BA in Spanish Secondary Education.  In 2011, she earned her Masters in Spanish Literature from Montclair State University and recently returned to The College of New Jersey to receive her M.Ed. in Education, concentrating in curriculum and instruction.  She is a member of both FLENJ and ACTFL and has found her love of curriculum and PD, presenting for her district at PD days as well as being hired to present in other local districts.  She has also presented at NECTFL and FLENJ and is currently a FLENJ mentor.