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Meet the RACs
Marc Mancinelli is the Data Specialist for the NJDOE's Region 7 Regional Achievement Center. In his role, Mr. Mancinelli is responsible for building capacity in schools to collect, analyze, and present data, then translate information from data into plans of action for school improvement. He also manages the technical aspects of RAC 7 including the web site and online SIP trackers. Prior to joining the RAC team, he served as a high school assistant principal, district supervisor of language arts, and a high school English teacher. Mr. Mancinelli holds an M.A. in Educational Leadership, an M.A. in English, and is currently working on his doctoral dissertation in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum at the University of Pennsylvania. In his leisure time, Mr. Mancinelli enjoys spending time with his wife, son, dog, and baby on the way, and playing fiddle and drums in various bands.
Jo Ann Berkley
Jo Ann Berkley is the School Culture and Climate Specialist for the NJDOE's Region 7 Regional Achievement Center. In this role, she is responsible for working with Focus and Priority Schools to enhance their school culture and classroom climate to create an environment where every student is able to learn. A career educator, Ms. Berkley has various experiences in education as a middle school principal, an elementary principal, curriculum coordinator/assistant principal, instructional coach, former classroom teacher, new teacher mentor and professional development trainer. She has also worked as an administrator in both public and charter schools. Additionally, Ms. Berkley is a senior adjunct instructor at Burlington County College and teaches education and remedial reading courses. A graduate of Temple University with a B.S. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and an M. Ed. in Educational Leadership from Cheyney University, Ms. Berkley is presently a doctoral candidate at Wilmington University. In her leisure time, she enjoys bowling, spending time with family and friends, and reading.
Melissa G. Jackson
Melissa G. Jackson is the Intervention Specialist for the NJDOE's Region 7 Regional Achievement Center. Prior to joining the RAC team, Ms. Jackson taught inclusion at Monongahela Middle School in Deptford Township for nine years. While teaching at Monongahela Middle School, she became a T^3 regional instructor and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Specialist. With a focus on UDL and TI-Technologies, Ms. Jackson has presented at various conferences, including Gloucester County-wide In-service, NCTM National, NCTM Regional, AMTNJ, and T^3 regional and international. She also served as a teacher mentor for the South Jersey Math Project. Ms. Jackson earned her B.A. summa cum laude from Rowan University and earned a middle school math certificate of graduate study from Rowan University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, vacationing in Florida, and coaching basketball.
Stuart Lockhart is the Project Manager for the NJDOE's Region 7 Regional Achievement Center. In this role, he and his team are responsible for supporting the turnaround efforts in Priority and Focus Schools that were designated in the NJDOE's ESEA waiver approved by the USDOE. A career officer in the United States Marine Corps with world-wide operational experience, Mr. Lockhart retired after twenty-five years of active duty prior to joining the NJDOE this past September. As a Marine, he had numerous assignments in training and education, including teaching tours on the faculty of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD and most recently, Rice and Prairie View A&M Universities in Houston, TX under the NROTC program. Mr. Lockhart is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and he earned an M.A. in History from Temple University. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family that includes two young daughters, the sport of rowing, and anything pertaining to military history subjects.
Patricia Wulk is the Math Specialist for the NJDOE's Region 7 Regional Achievement Center. In this role, she works with school leaders and teachers in the Priority and Focus Schools to continually improve and monitor mathematics instruction and student achievement. As an educator, Ms. Wulk taught at the elementary/middle school level, developed and implemented curriculum aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in math, and conducted math research in Increasing Number Sense, Student's Misunderstandings of the Equal Sign, and Increasing Student Ability to Solve Open-Ended Math Questions. Ms. Wulk received her B.A. from Kent State University and earned her Certificate of Graduate Studies in Middle School Math and her M. Ed. in Education from Rowan University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the Jersey Shore with her husband and three daughters, running, and gardening.
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