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Felicia A. Bateman

Felicia has a combined Bachelors of Arts from New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers Newark College of Arts and Sciences in Computer Engineering. Ms Bateman completed an internship at Goddard Space Flight Center in Goddard Maryland for a year where she assisted programmers in writing maintenance software programs for satellite controls.

She was later offered a position at AT&T where she worked for several years as a software and hardware systems developer. After leaving AT&T she was drawn to the education field and was encouraged to pursue a second career in education.

Later, completing her Masters in Science Education and becoming certified to teach Science she attended Bloomfield College where she finished her special education courses to become a Highly Qualified Special Education teacher certified as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities. After working in the classroom for over ten years she decided to become a certified Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant (LDT-C) in order to improve her abilities in working with students with special needs.

Currently Ms. Bateman is at Orange Public school district teaching 5th, 6th and 7th grade middles school students. She enjoys the challenge of the rigorous curriculum and the relationships she has formed with the students she teaches.

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Frances Carlo

Frances Carlo is a 4th Grade teacher at School 17 in Clifton, New Jersey. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Education from the College of Education and Human Services at Seton Hall University. She holds a certificate in teaching Kindergarten thru 5th grade.

Prior to becoming a teacher, she spent most of her career working as a business professional. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Upsala College. As fate would have it, she had an opportunity to go back to school to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher.

In her spare time, Frances enjoys hiking and traveling with her family and friends. At times, and weather permitting, Frances and her husband, James, look forward to intentionally getting lost on a motorcycle.

Frances is honored to be part of the Wipro Science Education Fellowship program, and looks forward to collaborating with other fellows and developing her skills as a teacher leader.

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Emily Cullen

I received my undergraduate degree from York College of Pennsylvania in Elementary Education thinking I would become an elementary school teacher, but when I was offered an 8th grade Science position in Montclair, my future principal had to encourage me to take the job; it's a good thing he did because middle school is where I belong. I have been teaching middle school Science in Montclair for over 12 years. During that time I completed a graduate degree at Montclair State for Environmental Management and have served as subject matter leader of my school for a number of years.

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Susan Dziob

My name is Susan Dziob and I live with my husband and two children in New Milford, New Jersey. I currently teach eighth grade science at West Brook Middle School in Paramus. Over the course of the last 31 years, I've taught a wide variety of subjects and grade levels. However, I've spent most of my career teaching science. I was lucky enough as a very young teacher to be introduced to inquiry based instruction. The ideas I learned then have provided the foundation for my instructional practices throughout the year. In addition to teaching, I like to hike, read, canoe and spend time with my family.

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Liz Facey

Currently in my 11th year as a 6, 7, and 8th grade Science Teacher at Glenfield Middle School in Montclair. Graduating from Boston University with a BA in Biology.

Worked for several years as computer programmer. Although this work was not technically in the field of science, I believe that it supplemented my education by giving me an in depth ability to think logically, work out problems, and formulate test data for multiple scenarios.

Over the summers of 2013 and 2014, I was a part of the Montclair middle school science team that rewrote the curriculum to align it with the Next Generation Science Standards.

I have been happily married for 30 years. I have three grown children, all of which have gone into fields related to science or math. My nine-year-old Scottish Terrier, Sadie can be considered my fourth child. I enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, yoga, gardening, music, watching hockey, traveling, and eating good food. All made better by experiencing them with my family and good friends.

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Clyde Griffith

Clyde Griffith DPM attended Montclair State University 2003. BS Biology and NY College of Podiatric Medicine 2008, DPM. His teaching experience includes: Teacher with Gifted and Talented youth program MSU 2001- 2005, 2012 -2013 Teacher at NPS and 2013 to present HS Life sciences teacher Orange public schools Interests include travel, photography, and RC cars.

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Janine Hogel

Janine has been teaching fourth grade for five years in Clifton. Wanting to give her students a more independent experience in Science, she started a 4th Grade Science Fair, which has been a 4th grade highlight for the past four years.

She graduated from Felician College with a degree in Teacher Education and English, therefore considers Science to be just outside of her comfort zone. Enjoying taking on challenges, she looks forward to growing as an educator in this WIPRO fellowship.

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Siobhan Kaschalk

Siobhan has been teaching for 15 years. She currently teaches 5th grade in Paramus and has taught in East Orange, West Caldwell and Upper Saddle River districts. Siobhan earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Montclair State University. Siobhan became a teacher through the Alternate Route program offered by Montclair State University. She holds dual certification in elementary and special education which she also earned at Montclair State University. Over the past year, Siobhan has worked with her 5th grade colleagues to create a butterfly garden at West Brook Middle School. This garden has given middle school students an opportunity to plant milkweed beds to attract butterflies, watch the metamorphosis of the butterflies in the classroom, to release their butterflies and record observations daily in science journals. Siobhan is proud and excited to be WIPRO Fellow and hopes to use this experience to enhance her pedagogy and make contributions to the science education community.

"My love of nature, the outdoors and the natural sciences inspires me, as an educator, to bring science to life for my students."

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Matt Kimbell

A 2nd grade teacher at Stony Lane Elementary School in Paramus, NJ. This will be his 4th year there under Head Learner, Tom Marshall. Matt graduated from Rutgers University in 2007 with a degree in Criminal Justice. After coaching youth baseball for several years upon graduation, Matt decided to go back to receive his MAT K-5 at Montclair State University where he graduated Cum Laude. During the summer, Matt continues to coach youth baseball at a local school in Upper Saddle River, NJ. He is also currently working with Mentoring Project which is an organization that provides opportunities for men to become mentors to boys without fathers. Matt grew up in Pompton Lakes, but now resides in Hoboken, NJ.

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Evelyn Lees

I am a middle school science teacher with a background in outdoor experiential education. As a middle school teacher, I believe the greatest challenge, and reward, lie at the intersection of melding my passion for science with the social and emotional development of the learner. For me, focusing on the social and emotional development of the learner is a critical component in creating a community of learners. My aim is to enable students to invest in their own learning process in an effort to become active participants in the overall community. As an inhabitant of Earth, I eagerly await the return of Earth Science in the curriculum at all grade levels. I am an avid backpacker and enjoy sharing my outdoor experiences with my students. I look forward to broadening my teaching skills and becoming a member of the Wipro Fellows family!

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Leslie Masuzzo

Leslie Masuzzo is a 3rd Grade teacher at Hillside Elementary School in Montclair, NJ. She graduated from Rutgers University where she studied Early Childhood and Elementary Education, as well as Communication. Currently, she is pursuing an additional graduate certificate in Special Education/Inclusion at Montclair State University. Leslie began her teaching career as a pre-school teacher. After three years, she turned to private industry and worked as a Training and Development and Human Resources Manager at several large financial and pharmaceutical companies. Eight years ago, Leslie returned to education and served first as a Special Education Teacher's Aid at Bradford Elementary School in Montclair before resuming her classroom teaching at Hillside. Leslie is excited to develop her science teaching practice and leadership in the Wipro fellowship. She lives in Montclair with her husband and son.

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Krystle Matuseski

Krystle Matuseski received her B.S from Marywood University with a dual degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. She is continuing her education for a M.A. in Teaching Middle Grades Math at Montclair State University. In 2012, Krystle began her middle school teaching journey at East Brook Middle School in Paramus. Krystle currently teaches small group mathematics as well as provides in class support in the areas of math and science. It is through collaboration with fellow educators that Krystle is able to design and implement engaging lessons that reach multiple types of le¬¬¬arners in the classroom.

Jayashree Nair

I earned a bachelors degree with a double major in chemistry and education, and later pursued a masters in chemistry with a concentration in the inorganic sector. I have been actively teaching high school chemistry for the past six years, and currently work for Orange High School. I entered the teaching field with ambitions to relay knowledge and passion for the sciences onto my students, and becoming WIPRO fellow will only further this goal.

I am humbled and excited to be a part of the WIPRO fellowship program, and I can't wait to contribute to it!

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Latha G. Nair

A Science teacher with Orange Board of Education for the last 2 years. After 10 years of research and development as a Medicinal Chemistry Scientist in Schering-Plough and Merck Pharmaceuticals, Latha joined Orange High School as a Science Teacher. She holds a Doctorate degree in Organic Chemistry. Some of her other areas of interests/certifications include Project management (PMP), Process improvement Lean & Six Sigma- Green Belt and Regulatory Affairs (RAC). She has experience in supervising, training and managing senior and beginner level scientists and summer interns. Her work in Virology and Oncology research contributed significantly to 2 clinical candidates and a drug in market (HCV). Her extensive experience in writing patents and publications resulted in over 65 publications. She has also prepared and presented her team's work in many meetings including international conferences. Her team player and leadership roles enabled her to be placed in different teams and committees. Besides her scientist duty, she served as the Chemical Hygienic Officer (CHO) and LINK ambassador in Schering-Plough Merck and is a currently a Girl Scout leader. Early in her career, she functioned as a technology transfer liaison in Affymax, San Jose, CA as a part of the post-doctoral collaborative and volunteered work in carbohydrate chemistry research at NPG research Institute, North Carolina State University campus. She is a recipient of Shining Performance Award from Schering-Plough for Shared Accountability& Transparency, Cross Functional Teamwork & Collaboration and Business Integrity. Latha's professional affiliations include American Chemical Society (ACS), Project Management Institute (PMI), Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS), Editorial Board of Bentham Publications, Reviewer of Elsevier publications etc. In her current career, she is serving as a mentor in WWTF program and a member of the Chemical management team in Orange High School.

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Lynne O'Sullivan

I graduated with a B.S. in International Environmental Science from Rutgers University and worked as an environmental consultant in the Pacific Northwest. After I moved back to New Jersey, I decided to pursue a career in teaching. I received a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Montclair State University and I have been teaching science for 10 years. I currently teach science elective courses at Glenfield Middle School in Montclair, NJ. I am excited to be a part of the WIPRO Fellowship.

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Katherine Pastorino

I am a 5th year teacher at Edgemont Montessori School in Montclair. I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Salisbury University in 2008. I then went to William Paterson University to earn my teaching certification. After my student teaching experience at Edgemont Montessori School, I continued to be a part of the Edgemont community as a personal aide for a special education student. In 2011, I became a second grade teacher at Edgemont. I have taught second grade for the last four years and will be moving to third grade this year.

As a teacher, I have been a member of the Montclair State University "Inclusion in the Classroom" research group. The group presented data to educators at a Montclair State University conference. I also participated in the Montclair School District Common Core Curriculum writing for second grade math and literacy.

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Lorin Pontelandolfo

I am a graduate of the University of Delaware. Currently I am a Middle School Earth Science Teacher in Clifton, NJ. I just finished studying for my Masters in Educational Technology and am very excited to become a Fellow. In my private life I love to hang out with my husband and 3 beautiful children at the lake or beach and read.

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Monika Tiwari

I am an enthusiastic learner and a passionate teacher. I earned my Masters in Teaching, with a dual certification in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and Teacher of Students with Disabilities, from Montclair State University in 2013. In addition, I have a Masters in Commerce (MBA) from India. I found my true love for teaching 18 years ago, while doing my M.Com (MBA) when an opportunity came by to teach at an elementary school. Thereafter, I changed my career option and took upon teaching. I taught for 8 years in India and ran my own coaching institute before moving to New Jersey to join my husband. I returned back to being an educator here by joining Westfield Public Schools for a couple of years while pursuing my masters of arts in teaching. Two years ago, I excitedly took over a job of a Special Education Teacher at Montclair Public Schools and enjoy each and every moment in my classroom.

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DinaMarie Zika

In 1994, I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from Kean University. Since then, I have enthusiastically taught Practical Biology, Practical Biology Computer Lab, College Prep Biology, Honors Biology, Earth Science, and Integrated Science at Kearny High School. In 2008, I earned my Master's degree in Education from Marygrove College. I had the pleasure of mentoring two of my colleagues and currently, I am working collaboratively with my third student teacher from Montclair University. I am truly passionate about working with people and animals, learning, reading, and focusing on areas that require improvement. I have been happily married for 18 years to a fellow educator, who is now an administrator and we have three wonderful children, Robert Jr. (age 17), Nicolette (age 12), and Matthew (age 7).