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Meet Our Faculty for Provisional Teacher Programs

James Falco, Ed.D.

Twitter: @NorthAPFalc

Director of the Provisional Teacher Programs at Monmouth University

James Falco is currently an Assistant Principal at Middletown High School North, adjunct professor at Monmouth University, and co-facilitator of the Monmouth University Mentor Academy and Teacher Residency Academy. 

He has been a proud member of the Provisional Teacher Training Program at Monmouth University since 2015 and authored  his doctoral dissertation on the topic of mentoring and coaching.

Meredith Riddle, Ed.D.

Twitter: @DrMRiddle

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Curriculum Leader/ Adjunct

Meredith Riddle graduated from Monmouth University with an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership in 2019 and a master’s degree in American History in 2007.

Riddle is the assistant dean of e-Learning at Ocean County College and was a teacher for 20 years at Long Branch Public Schools. Riddle also serves as an adjunct professor for various courses within the School of Education. She is also a published author.

Riddle has taught in the Provisional Teacher Programs since 2007 within the School of Education.

Christine Borlan

Phone: 732-571-7558

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EdTPA Liaison

Christine Borlan is the credential officer at Monmouth University’s School of Education, working in the department. Certification, Field Placements, & School Partnerships.

Kerry Carley-Rizzuto, Ed.D.

Twitter: @KerryRizzzuto

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Director, Early Childhood Programs and PRE-3 PTP Courses

Kerry Carley-Rizzuto has worked as a classroom teacher in general and special education, a reading specialist for grades K-12, a Reading Recovery teacher, a staff developer, and school administrator in both New York and New Jersey.

In addition to her teaching position at Monmouth University, Rizzuto has completed the Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant program at Monmouth University and the doctoral program in educational leadership at Rowan University.

Rizzuto teaches the early childhood program courses, in the literacy program as well as in the administration and supervision program. Her research interests include developing social justice dispositions in pre-service teachers and developing culturally responsive pedagogical practices.

Nicole Esposito

Twitter: @NicEsposito24

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Curriculum Leader/ Adjunct

Nicole Esposito is currently the Director of Curriculum, Planning & Teacher Development at Long Branch Public Schools. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Monmouth University beginning in 2017.

While teaching within the PTP program, Esposito uses a target approach to plan and design personalized learning plans that include research based instructional methods to help teacher candidates learn how to navigate their classrooms.

Jason Fitzgerald, Ph.D.

Twitter: @DrJCFitzgerald1

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EdTPA Specialist

Jason Fitzgerald is currently a professor in the School of Education. A scholar of civic thinking, he brings his years of social studies teaching experience to explorations of youth civic engagement.

Widely published, Fitzgerald collaborates with schools in New York and New Jersey, training teachers to facilitate action civics and inquiry-based social studies practices in their classrooms. Drawing on his experiences as a middle school social studies teacher in the diverse communities of Montgomery County, Maryland, Fitzgerald’s research explores the ways in which social studies is taught to marginalized populations.

Fitzgerald works within all of the phases of study on the EdTPA structure and facilitation of edTPA proficiencies.

Frank Riley


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50-Hour Manager and Lead Instructor/ Adjunct

Frank Riley is currently the assistant superintendent of leadership & innovation at Long Branch Public Schools, an adjunct professor in Monmouth University’s School of Education, and 50-hour manager of the pre-service to Teaching Course.