• About Mrs. Macken

    I love teaching! As Lincoln School's Instructional Coach I provide instruction at all grade levels,  working with teachers to meet the divergent needs of students. Additionally I coordinate and teach programs for gifted children. I have had the privilege of teaching grades one through five at Lincoln School, leading professional development as a  New Jersey Department of Education Achievement Coach, and working with teachers as a primary grade literacy coach. In addition I have taught at Montclair State University's Gifted and Talented Program. I have served as a consultant for children's programming for PBS, as a professional development provider for  the American Immigration Law Foundation, local school districts, and WOR radio's Health Education program.
              I live in West Caldwell with my  husband, Tim. We have three grown children, Sheila,  Kevin, and Catherine and I am the proud godmother of my great niece, Juniper, pictured above. I love my two schnauzers, Max and Bailey and my dachshund, Buddy.  I enjoy reading, gardening, baking, traveling, and exploring New York.


    • M.Ed., William Paterson University, NJ
    • M.A.T., William Paterson University, NJ
    • B.A., magna cum laude, St. Michael’s College, VT                                       


    •      Teacher K-8
    •      Reading Specialist
    •      Educational Media Specialist
    •      Supervisor

    Published Education Articles

    •  “Building Money Skills One Cabin at a Time.” Teaching Children Mathematics,   February, 2011.
    • Artifacts Bring Grover Cleveland’s Presidency to Life in the First Grade.”Social Studies and the Young Learner,  November/December 2008
    • “Bringing It Home.”  Teaching K-8. October 2006.
    • “You are Not Alone: How to Start a Teachers Network.”  Teaching K–8. December/January 2005/2006.    
    • “Vote for Character.” The Social Studies, January/February 2005.
    • “What in the World Do Second Graders Know about Geography?”The Social Studies, March/April 2003
    • “Book Review”. The Reading Instruction Journal, Fall/Winter 1999-2000
    • “Comparative Writing Made Easy with a Picture Book Series”.  The Reading Instruction Journal, Fall/Winter 1998-1999.
    • “Walking with the Presidents”. Instructor, January/February, 1997.
    •  Reading and Research: Keep It Simple”.   The Reading Instruction Journal, Fall/Winter 1996-1997.
    • Caldwell-West Caldwell Education Foundation Grant, 2009-2010,2012-2013, 2014-2015, 2016-2017. 
    • Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education Tablet Grant, 2012. 
    • Target Field Trip Grant, 2009, 2011.
    • Associated Antique Dealers of New Jersey Grant, 2007.
    • American Immigration Law Foundation Grant, 2005.
    • New Jersey Network for Educational Renewal Grant, 2003-2004, 2005-2006.
    • Montclair State University Teacher Incentive Grant, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014. 2015, 2016.
    • New Jersey Network for Educational Renewal Grant, 2013-2014
    • Caldwell/West Caldwell Education Association Grant, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009.
    • Environmental Education Grant, Public Service Electric and Gas, 2001.
    • Civics Education Grant, The Eagleton Institute, 2000. 
    • Alice Long Education Grant, 2014.
    • Achievement Coach, New Jersey Department of Education, 2015.
    • Member of  the Teacher Advisory Board of the American Immigration  Law Foundation, named 2006.
    • John W. Alexander Outstanding Health Project Award, 2003, 2005, 2006.
    • Who’s Who in Education 2002, 2007.
    • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2002, 2012.
    • West Essex Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Award, 2001, 2002.
    • William Paterson University 2002 Graduate Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Leadership.
    • New Jersey Reading Association Susan Mandel Glazer Professional Development Award 2000.