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Mr. Timan

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MA - Montclair State University BS - William Paterson University K-12 Teacher of Health & PE Principal and Supervisory Certificate

Mr. Timan

Mr. Timan has been a teacher in the Caldwell - West Caldwell district at Grover Cleveland Middle School for the past twenty years. In addition to teaching, he is the head lacrosse coach at James Caldwell and an adjunct professor at William Paterson Universtiy. He believes strongly in the value of enrichment programs as a supplement to the traditional school experience. He most recently organized student trips during the last 5 years to the Florida keys to explore the delicate ecosystems and research its biodiversity. 

Mrs. Lanzo

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BS in Elementary Education/English The College of New Jersey Masters in Educational Technology Ramapo College Fulbright Scholar

Mrs. Lanzo

Mrs. Sharon Lanzo is a second grade teacher at Hartshorn Elementary School in Short Hills, NJ.  She has been a NJ public school teacher for 25 years.  She is a graduate of The College of New Jersey and earned her Masters degree in Educational Technology from Ramapo College. Mrs. Lanzo started her career teaching third grade at Laning Avenue School in Verona. There she was the Vice President of the Verona Education Association. She was a Fulbright Scholar and taught a year in England as part of the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program. For over ten years, she taught 5th grade and especially enjoyed teaching US history. Mrs. Lanzo recently coordinated The Great Kindness Challenge event for her school.  She is a member of The School Climate Team and is actively involved in promoting conflict resolution and pineapple chart PD at her building. Mrs. Lanzo is also a member of the Millburn Equity Team, Future Ready Team and is the mentor to a first year teacher. Mrs. Lanzo lives in West Caldwell and her two children attend Washington School. Her husband is an elementary school Principal in Verona at F.N. Brown. She loves cuddling with her shih-tzu named Bella. Mrs. Lanzo loves traveling. Her favorite places on the planet are Edinburgh- Scotland, Lake George- NY and Walt Disney World.  For 23 years, Mrs. Lanzo has taught at the Summer Arts Program as a technology teacher. She loves making learning fun, meaningful and magical! She hopes to see you this summer in the lab for tons of Tech Fun! 

Mr. Ziegler

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BA Biology William Paterson University MA General professional education Seton Hall Principal and supervisor Certification

Mr. Ziegler

Mr. Ziegler recieved his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from William Paterson University. He then earned a Master of Arts in General professional education from Seton Hall University. He has worked as a Science teacher and currently works as an adjunct at Caldwell University and is an Interpretive Associate at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. He has worked with the summer Arts and Computer program at Caldwell West Caldwell for the past 16 summer.

Mr. Modero

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BM in Voice/Music Education Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers

Mr. Modero

David Modero "Mr. Mo" (Musical Theatre, Glee Club, Keyboards)- David is a graduate of Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers with a BM in Voice/Music Education. He is a member of the music faculty for the Caldwell-West Caldwell Schools, here he is the band director for the Wilson, Jefferson, and Lincoln Elementary bands. In addition to teaching, David also spends time musically directing for various shows throughout NJ in schools and community theaters. For this work, David has had nominations for Oustanding Musical Direction and Outstanding Performance by an orchestra for Papermill's Rising Star Awards for his performances at James Caldwell High School and Mount St. Dominic Academy. David is also very busy working on his own musical "Professionally Developed" co written by his wife, Jensyn Modero and longtime friend and collaborator Jack Bender. David also enjoys being a daddy to Mackenzie and Jackson and taking many trips to Disneyworld. In his spare time he enjoys following the New York Yankees and the Cincinnati Bengals.

 Michele Stein

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Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance Adelphi University Bachelor of Arts in Education

Michele Stein

Michele began dancing at the age of 3 in her hometown of Hoboken, NJ. After graduating from the High School of Performing Arts in NYC, she received a full talent scholarship to Adelphi University, where she earned a BFA in dance. Finding herself teaching more than performing after graduation, and extremely happy with this turn, Michele went back to receive a BA in education and began her second career as a public-school teacher. Instead of being handed a theater or dance position, her principal handed her a science textbook, so bringing theater into children’s lives became extracurricular. During the school year Michele is a science teacher at Hackensack Middle School and the Hackensack H.S. choreographer for their yearly musical. She looks forward to summers each year and teaching the children of Caldwell/West Caldwell. This year marks her 20th with our program!

Mr. Curran

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B.S. in Psychology from Sacred Heart University M.A. in Elementary Education from Montclair State

Mr. Curran

Mr. Curran has been a teacher in the Caldwell-West Caldwell district at Jefferson Elementary School for the past seven years. In addition to teaching 5th grade, Mr. Curran has been a Basic Skills Instructor and an After School Math Program Facilitator for grades two through five. He graduated from Sacred Heart University with a B.S. in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education with a specialty in Reading. He also went on to graduate from Montclair State University with a Master’s in Educational Leadership. Mr. Curran enjoys spending time with his wife and two year old twin boys and loves helping his students feel successful and confident. Mr. Curran is looking forward to his first summer as part of the Summer Enrichment Program and exploring with the incoming kindergarten and first graders!

Mrs. Press

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BS in Pharmacy University of Rhode Island

Mrs. Press

Hi, my name is Marian Press. I am a Biology teacher at James Caldwell High School. I began teaching here in 2004. I have a degree in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island and started my teaching career in 1999 as an alternate route teacher in the Paterson School District. I teach Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Advanced Placement Biology.

Ms. Allister

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BS Biology Stockton University K-12 Biological Science Middle School Science (Grades 5-8)

Ms. Allister

Hi, my name is Molly Allister. I am the STEM and Enrichment Teacher at Grover Cleveland Middle School. I began teaching here last year in 2018. I have a degree in Biology from Stockton University. I teach 7th grade STEM, 8th grade Robotics, and 6th, 7th and 8th grade GAP at the middle school. 

Mrs. Ackerman

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Associates Degree from Sussex County Community College Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University

Mrs. Ackerman

Emily Ackerman has been a teacher in the Caldwell-West Caldwell School district for the past 11 years.  She earned her Associates Degree from Sussex County Community College and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University.  During the year, she teaches at James Caldwell, the majority of which she teaches Ceramics.  Mrs. Ackerman has been teaching Ceramics and Pottery Wheel for the Summer Arts Program for 10 years and is excited to teach her future students once again.
 

 Ms. Berndt

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BA in Fine Arts from William Paterson University

Ms. Berndt

I've been an artist forever. My elementary school report cards include comments like: "Marybeth is always drawing or in a world of her own".
I enjoyed painting and drawing things around me. People and trees have remained some of my favorite inspirations for creating.
Teaching 31 years at my home away from home..Hackensack High School. Teaching has been a gift I'm grateful for daily. I've met and worked with amazing humans,both teachers and students.
I studied fine arts in Louisiana and eventually transferred to WPU where I finished my BA in fine arts and teacher certification.
Graduate studies at WPU and finally MSU.
I have raised 2 amazing young women who inspire me every day. 
I enjoy spending time with my family, animals and making ART.

 Mr. Gaines

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Mr. Gaines

Musical Theater

Acting Workshop

Mrs. Kinsey

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Mrs. Kinsey

Science

 Mr. McPeters

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Mr. McPeters

Drawing

Painting

Weaving