Education Faculty & Staff
Dr. Fasanella received an Ed.D. from Seton Hall University in Educational Administration and Supervision. She received her Principal/Supervisor Licenses after participating in a Educational Administration and Supervision Licensure program at Saint Peter's University. In addition, Dr. Fasanella holds an M.A. in Literacy Education/Literacy Specialist and a B.A. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from New Jersey City University. In addition to licenses as Principal and Supervisor, Dr. Fasanella has been awarded licenses in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and as a Reading Specialist.
Dr. Fasanella has served as an educator and administrator in the PreK-12 setting in both public and private schools. She has also served in higher education as an adjunct professor for over 15 years. As an adjunct, Dr. Fasanella has served Manhattan College, William Paterson University, Caldwell University, and Saint Peter's University teaching pre-teaching candidates to Doctoral Candidates, serving also as Doctoral Dissertation Mentor. She most recently served as Associate Dean for Academic Success and Associate Professor at Felician University.
As principal, Dr. Fasanella created a Professional Teaching Portfolio for evaluation purposes. For her efforts, Dr. Fasanella was awarded the Today's Catholic Teacher Innovations in Education Award. Dr. Fasanella was also named Distinguished National Principal by the United States Department of Education. In addition, the National Catholic Education Association awarded Dr. Fasanella the Distinguished Principal Award.
Dr. Elba I. Rohena comes from Millersville University of Pennsylvania where she was an Associate Professor of Special Education from 1998-2015. Dr. Rohena is from Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico where she was a special education teacher in the Mayaguez Norte School District and a supervisor of special education for the Sabana Grande School District. In 1988, Dr. Rohena became the first Latina special education supervisor in the School District of Allentown, Allentown, PA. In this role, Dr. Rohena assisted the Allentown School District with issues related to overrepresentation of Latino/a children in classes for students with mild intellectual disabilities. She also supported special education teachers in the school district schools.
Upon completing her doctorate in education from Lehigh University, Bethlehem PA, Dr. Rohena joined the faculty of Millersville University in Millersville, PA. During the 2013-2014 school year, Dr. Rohena completed a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Penn State University in State College PA. Presently, Dr. Rohena is finishing her internship hours to sit for the board examination to be a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
Dr. Rohena is passionate about teacher preparation, in particular in preparing effective educators with the skills and dispositions to teach children with disabilities of all socioeconomic levels and cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Dr. Rohena strongly supports the use of teaching strategies that use ABA principles. These principles are based in science and sound research. Dr. Rohena is excited about joining the faculty of the Division of Education at Bloomfield College as an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Special Education.
Mary Porcelli has been teaching Bloomfield College education students since 2005, first as adjunct faculty then joining the college full time in 2012 as the Coordinator for Student Teaching and Field Experiences. She earned a B.S. in Marketing from Fordham University and her M.Ed. in Education from the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. She is certified as a New Jersey early childhood and elementary school teacher. She has over twenty years of experience in the field of education, having worked as an Elementary School Librarian, Teacher, Assistant Director in charge of program at a public early childhood program in East Orange, and Executive Director of a parent-cooperative preschool in Piscataway.
Mary serves on the board of NJEEPRE (New Jersey Educators Exploring the Practices of Reggio Emilia) as Member-at-Large and NJAEYC (the New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children) as Affiliate Council Representative and past Co-President. She has a deep interest in the Reggio Emilia approach to education and has traveled to Italy to visit the schools and study this philosophy. She attended the Project Zero Institute at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Mary has presented at conferences both national and local, as well as at the Castle Conference held at Herstmonceaux Castle in East Sussex, England by AERA’s (American Educational Research Association) Self Study of Teacher Education Practices special interest group.