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All content area teachers at the Paterson Academy for the Gifted & Talented were selected to be a part of this rigorous program.  They are open to experience, flexible and experimental in classroom practices

and strong in subject matter areas for which they have responsibility.


All teachers are expected to obtain the 15 hours of coursework in gifted education, recommended by the national standards and offered through the Certificate Program at Rutgers University.


Teachers and their Bios


Grade 2

Nicole Slota


Grade 3

Linette Lee - English Language Arts/Social Studies

Christine Sarno - Mathematics and Science


Grade 4

Marisol Garcia - Science

Donna Pincus - Mathematics

Erin Taylor - English Language Arts/Social Studies


Grade 5

Marisol Garcia - Science

Sheila Carrasquillo - English Language Arts/Social Studies

Christina Lakind - Mathematics


Grade 6

Maureen Bruins - Science

Teresa Mola - Mathematics

Lizandaa Alburg Social Studies  

Dawna Pazant - English Language Arts

Tai Matthews - English Language Arts


Grade 7



Maureen Bruins  - Science

Jessica Hinds - Science

Lizandaa Alburg - Social Studies

Dawna Pazant - English Language Arts

Teresa Mola - Pre Algebra

Dorothy Thornton - Algebra I



Jason LaVorne - Physical Education

Brian Olsen - Physical Education

Glen Vanderveen - Technology

Luz Prado - World Languages

Renee Onuoha - Public Speaking

Nancy Constable - Music

Mrs. Murphy - Art

Mrs. Tartaglia - Library