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School of Education Student Scholarship Exhibition Spring 2021

School of Education Student Scholarship Exhibition

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Participating Panelists

Photo of Adam Angelozzi, Ed.D.

Dr. Adam Angelozzi has served in the capacity of Principal of Manalapan High School beginning in the 2012-2013 school year. As principal, Dr. Angelozzi leads and supports school-wide safety and security measures, operational plans, innovative and challenging curricular and extra-curricular educational programs, and dynamic classroom instruction designed to enhance learning and student achievement.

Dr. Angelozzi has had the unique experience of teaching at two new high schools early in his career as an educator. As a teacher at both New Egypt High School and Barnegat High School, he designed and implemented new curricular programs for physics, chemistry, and physical science. As an educational administrator, Dr. Angelozzi has served in the capacities of K-12 District Science and Technology Supervisor for Barnegat Township Schools, and as Assistant Principal at Freehold Township High School.

Dr. Angelozzi earned a B.S. in Physics (Secondary Education) from The College of New Jersey, an M.A. in Educational Administration from Rider University, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Rowan University. He and his wife, Dayna, a high school biology teacher, have three girls, Kai, Brynn, and Saige.”

Photo of Kate Okeson

Kate Okeson is co-founder and program director of Make It Better for Youth, the Monmouth County Consortium for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Questioning Youth, where she organized people and resources to affirm and accept our young LGBTQ+ community through education, outreach, and social opportunities. Over the last several years, MIB4Y has focused intently on educator-to-educator initiatives, including the development of a pilot curriculum for NJ’s LGBTQ+ Inclusive Curriculum legislation, and providing training to school districts on inclusive education practices and approaches.

Kate’s work in education comes from her 20+ year career as an art educator and artist in NJ who focuses on bringing inquiry driven processes and exploration to the classroom. In her work as a studio arts teacher, she attends to the discipline of creative and critical thought as a means to ask beautiful questions which lead to growth and action.

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Dr. Chiu-Yin (Cathy) Wong is Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Monmouth University where she teaches courses in ESL methods, Bilingual Education, and Applied Linguistics. She is also the MEd/ESL program director.

Prior to earning her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Second Language Education, Dr. Wong had taught in Hong Kong, Korea, Hawaii, and Texas. Her research focuses on second language teaching pedagogies and challenges that ESL teachers face as they support their students. In addition, she is interested in translanguaging as well as the perceptions of graduate students and instructors in regard to hybrid and online instruction.

Photo of Dr. Saskia Brown

Dr. Saskia Brown’s professional commitment reflects her conviction that high-quality education is a right that belongs to all children. She has committed over fifteen years of service in the field of education. She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology, graduate degrees in Special Education and Educational Leadership, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Seton Hall University. As an educational leader, her vision is to catalyze change in schools by creating authentic learning environments that provide direct support, resources, access, and opportunities to children, their families, and school district staff. Her goal is to develop school environments that cultivate a natural passion and ownership for teaching and learning.

Dr. Brown previously served as a general education and special education teacher, school program coordinator, and school administrator in public and charter school environments. She was a former fiscal and policy specialist at the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) in the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and served as the state’s special education consultant. As the special education consultant, she oversaw the Learning Resource Center (LRC) in Morris Plains, New Jersey, providing technical assistance and support to district staff and parents. She also developed state guidance documents and presentations in special education, inclusion, interventions, multi-tiered system of supports, and co-teaching, to name a few.