Our dynamic presenters, most of whom have more than 20 years classroom experience, provide hands-on workshops that motivate teachers and give them tools crucial to helping their students excel.

We understand what it's like to work with children and teenagers and are especially sensitive to the limits and demands of the educators they work with during our inservice programs. Your teachers will leave our inservice workshops eager to use what they learn the very next day!

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Frank A. Cerreto has taught mathematics at Richard Stockton University since 1976. In addition, he has coordinated Stockton's Basic Studies program and designed mathematics courses for liberal arts students and prospective teachers. He holds a doctorate in mathematics education from Rutgers University and has offered professional development programs for teachers for more than 25 years. His favorite workshop topics include promoting mathematics as sense making, test preparation, and integrating technology and mathematics.

Barbara Doherty was a K-8 classroom teacher, a G/T teacher, program coordinator, author, and consultant. Barbara has authored over 100 student activity books and simulation games for various publishers and has written special supplements for the Philadelphia Inquirer. In addition, Barbara has been a judge for the NJCTE annual writing contest and was featured in the November 2003 edition of the NJEA Review.

Joe Duffy is the recipient of two Arts in Education grants from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. He recently retired from 25 years of teaching drawing at Atlantic City High School where he was voted Teacher of the Year by his colleagues. He has also worked as an artist for The Press of Atlantic City and has extensive freelance experience. His clients have included Trump Casinos, Atlantic City Beach Patrol and Van Duyne Surf Boats. Joe studied at the Philadelphia College of Art.

Diana Goetsch (formerly Douglas Goetsch) has taught writing, literature, and history for 22 years on the high school, college, and graduate levels. She has been on faculty at the University of Iowa Writing Festival, the Stuyvesant High School English department, numerous conferences, and college programs and has extensive experience teaching incarcerated and special needs individuals. She holds a degree in American studies from New York University, has written six collections of poetry, and is a recipient of the Donald Murray prize, given by the National Council of Teachers of English for the best essay published in 2007 on the subject of writing and education. Visit Diana online:

Keith Gradziel has over 16 years experience teaching social studies and US History, including Advanced Placement, at Atlantic City High School. He has nearly a decade of experience in curriculum development and in-service training, specializing in history and using technology in the classroom. He holds degrees in Criminal Justice and History from Pace University.

Patricia L. Hans, a master teacher of literature and writing at the secondary and collegiate levels and a past two term President of the New Jersey Council of Teachers of English (NJCTE), is the 2007 New Jersey Council for the Humanities Teacher of the Year and a two-time recipient of a Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Fellowship. She has led teacher workshops at conferences and programs including Bard College's Thinking and Writing Institute, the NJEA Convention, the NJCTE State conference, the New Jersey Writers Alliance, and the National Council for Teachers of English Convention.

Lois Marie Harrod teaches writing and supervises student teachers at The College of New Jersey. Retired from 22 years of high school teaching, she taught Poetry, Creative Writing, AP English, Sophomore Honors, Film, Composition, American Literature, and supervised the Creative Writing at the NJ Governor’s School of the Arts. Ms. Harrod has led workshops for poets, student teachers and public school teachers since 1980. She is the author of 9 books, most recently Furniture.

Julia Hollman has over 15 years experience teaching history courses including AP US History, AP American Government, Contemporary American Studies, Diplomatic History, and heterogeneously grouped US History II with inclusion. She has studied teaching pedagogy including multiple intelligences and personality styles in the classroom. In 2008, Ms. Hollman served as an ETS reader for the AP US History exam. She holds a B.A. in History from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a M.A.T. from Tufts University and currently teaches at James Caldwell High School in West Caldwell, New Jersey.

Charlotte Jaffe, a former LAL teacher, G/T coordinator, and educational consultant, has authored over 100 student activity books, educational games, teaching manuals and newspaper and magazine articles including Enchanted Castle, Missing Persons, Space Race, Time Traces Curator, Persuasive Writing, Succeeding With Literature Circles, and Public Speaking for Kids. Charlotte has served as a judge for the NJCTE’s annual statewide writing contest and was featured in the November 2003 edition of the NJEA Review.

Joseph Leary is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker who began his career as a photojournalist. He is best known for his extensive coverage of the French space program in the 1980s. Most recently, he published the book A Shared Landscape: a History and Guide to Public Land in Connecticut. Between 1988 and 1990, he was the producer of the annual Asimov Seminars with author, historian, and futurist Dr. Isaac Asimov. In 1977, he and a partner created the first full-scale operating replica of the Revolutionary War submarine Turtle, and made six dives in the submarine before it was retired to a museum in Essex, Connecticut.

Peter E. Murphy has taught English, creative writing, and humanities for more than 30 years on the high school and college levels. He has led professional development workshops for teachers since 1986 and he founded Murphy Writing of Stockton University and Inservice Solutions to share his successful teaching more widely. He is also the founder of the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway, an annual conference for teachers, writers and artists established in 1994, and is the author of four books of poetry. Read more...

Susanne Pfaff-Manzini has taught English for more than 20 years at the high school and middle school levels. She has facilitated numerous in-service workshops and developed language arts and Holocaust Studies curricula which received a Best Practice Award from the NJ Department of Education. Ms. Manzini holds a B.A. in Literature and a M.A. in Instructional Technology from Richard Stockton University. She currently teaches writing and language arts at Belhaven Middle School in Linwood, New Jersey.

Janet Richards has 25 years experience teaching elementary and middle school. She has presented numerous workshops on topics including brain-based learning, differentiated instruction, and moral development. Ms. Richards has regularly served on curriculum, PTA, and strategic planning committees. Presently she is adjunct professor at Rider University in the Teacher Education Program and also teaches EFL online.

Mimi Schwartz, a veteran teacher and writer for over 35 years, has published five books including Good Neighbors, Bad Times - Echoes of My Father's German Village (University of Nebraska Press), now out in paperback and on Kindle. Other recent books include Thoughts from a Queen-Sized Bed and Writing True and the Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction (with Sondra Perl), used in writing programs nationwide. She is Professor Emerita at Richard Stockton University in New Jersey and teaches at writer conferences, libraries, and teacher institutes across this country and abroad.

Richard Schwartz teaches US History, American Politics and Government, and World Affairs at Whippany Park High School where he serves as Social Studies Department Coordinator. He has received the Mildred Barry Garvin Prize for the Teaching of Black History awarded by the New Jersey Historical Commission and the NJ VFW High School Citizenship Teacher of the Year Award. Other honors include being named an outstanding educator by The College of New Jersey and an Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum/Horace Mann Teacher Fellow. Richard’s narrative history of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates is scheduled to be published by Cumberland House in the autumn of 2009.

David Shaman, an engaging and enthusiastic speaker, has been leading Bullying Prevention workshops since 2006 as part of his acclaimed School Peacemaker Program. In David’s 20+ years as a trainer, he has mastered the art of hands-on instruction, easily reaching participants with varied learning styles. A Master of Qigong and Kung Fu, he also conducts Personal Empowerment and Self Defense seminars.

Joseph A. Tosh has taught high school mathematics and computer programming for 35 years and was named Teacher of the Year of the Atlantic City school district. An early adapter of the benefits of using personal computers, he was the driving force behind his district's integration of technology in the classroom. Mr. Tosh has led numerous workshops on classroom technology and improving computer competency. In addition to a secondary mathematics certificate, he holds certificates for both Supervisor and Principal.

Richard K. Weems has taught rhetoric and argumentation, language arts and creative writing at the grade school, high school and collegiate levels. He currently directs the Creative Writing program for the New Jersey Governor's School of the Arts and teaches English in the IB (International Baccalaureate) program at Bergen County Academies. He has published two short story collections: Anything He Wants from Spire Press (2006) and The Need for Character from Revelever Publications (2004).

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