Education Faculty & Staff

 

Dr. Nora Krieger received her Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Leadership from New York University in 2001. She has a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY).

Dr. Krieger has been in the field of education for over 50 years. She is certified as an earlychildhood teacher in New York and as an elementary teacher in New Jersey. In addition, Dr. Krieger is a certified school administrator in New York State. She has taught early childhoodgrades in New York and both early childhood and high school in New Jersey. In addition, Dr. Krieger taught kindergarten at the United Nations School in Geneva, Switzerland. She also hashad many years of experience as the Director of a cooperative nursery school. Dr. Krieger wasalso a member of her local school board and is currently a member of her local library board.

Prior to her appointment at Bloomfield College, Dr. Krieger was at Rowan University in New Jersey where her responsibilities included revising the Early Childhood Undergraduate Education Program. Along with another Rowan faculty member, Dr. Krieger revised and expanded the program to include special education.

Dr. Krieger has been preparing teachers at Bloomfield College since 2002. In 2002, she revised and implemented the curriculum for Bloomfield’s new undergraduate early childhood teacher preparation program.

Since 2010, Dr. Krieger has been the Chair of the Education Division. She successfully led the faculty of the Division through national accreditation. The Education Division of Bloomfield College received seven years of accreditation, the highest level of accreditation given by CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation).

Dr. Krieger has been inducted into several honor societies and is active in several professional associations. She was the co-President of the New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children. She is a Board member of New Jersey Educators Exploring the Practices of Reggio Emilia (NJPREE) and has attended many workshops related to Reggio Emilia, including an intensive workshop in Reggio Emilia, Italy, the birthplace of this teaching method. Dr. Krieger is currently providing consulting to a local school district in implementing a Reggio Inspired model of curriculum and teaching.

Dr. Krieger has presented at many conferences. She is a member of AERA (American Educational Research Association) where she is an active member of the Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices Sig. She has presented at two of the Sig’s CASTLE conferences that take place in England.

Dr. Cheryl Evans received her Ph.D. in Urban Education from Old Dominion University in 1997. She has a Master’s degree in Mass Communications from Emerson College and a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in Human Development.

An education for 50 years, Dr. Evans has been a Professor at Bloomfield College since 1998, serving in various roles within the Education Division and the college, including Director of the college’s Project Grad Summer Institute in 1999 and 2000; coordinating the Kellman Course in the Humanities for 10 years, 2001-2011; and serving as Education Chairperson 2008-2009 and Spring 2015. As such, she is the first person of color in the history of the college to be elected to that position.

Dr. Evans is a certified teacher in Massachusetts and New Jersey. Her academic speciality is curriculum design and development. Her professional experience includes work in college student personnel; a director of early childhood programs; an educational consultant; host of a public affairs radio program; trainer in management development; and faculty positions at North Shore Community College in Lynn, MA, the University of Evansville, and Bloomfield College.

Respected as a “teacher of teachers”, Cheryl Evans is also a poet and author of “April”, in Potlikker: Stories for Teachers and Learners and “Crazy with Bushy Hair” in Our Stories: African-American Professionals on Predominantly White Campuses.

Dr. Kenneth Kunz has been involved in education for over ten years. He began his career as a third grade teacher in the New Jersey Public Schools after receiving his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and English from Kean University. In 2007, Dr. Kunz received recognition as an outstanding teacher through the New Jersey Governor’s Teacher Recognition Program. In 2014, Dr. Kunz received the Edward Fry Endowed Fellowship in Literacy at Rutgers University.

Dr. Kunz teaches Developing Children’s Literacy Across the Grades, Understanding Family and Community, and Introduction to Education. He also serves as advisor to Kappa Delta Pi, the Education Honor Society. He is an active member of the Children’s Literacy Initiative, International Reading Association, Literacy Research Association, and the Rutgers Center for Literacy Development.

Passionate about literacy instruction, Dr. Kunz holds a master’s degree in Reading Specialization and a doctorate in Teacher Leadership from Rutgers University. His dissertation, “Not Just Another Course: Exploring Exemplary Literacy Practices in a Study Group With Student Teachers,” studied the impact of a literacy study group intervention on student teachers. Dr. Kunz is currently President of the New Jersey Literacy Association. He has presented professional development centered on literacy instruction in classrooms across New Jersey and at both state and national conferences.

New Jersey Certifications:

  • NJ Certified Elementary K-8 Teacher
  • NJ Certified Reading Specialist
  • NJ Certified Teacher of English
  • NJ Certified Supervisor of Instruction

Publications:

  • Kunz, Kenneth (2015). Motivating reading and writing with well-known and new literacies. In Morrow, L.M. (8th ed.), Literacy development in the early years: Helping children read and write. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
  • Kunz, Kenneth (2015). Two activities that can transform your vocabulary instruction. Retrieved from http://www.cli.org/blog/two-activities-can-transform-your-vocabulary-instruction.
  • Kunz, Kenneth (2015). Interactive techniques for guided reading instruction. Retrieved from http://www.cli.org/blog/interactive-techniques-guided-reading-instruction.
  • Kunz, Kenneth (2012). Motivating reading and writing with well-known and new literacies. In Morrow, L.M. (8th ed.), Literacy development in the early years: Helping children read and write. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
  • Kunz, Kenneth (2011). Operant conditioning theory. In Morrow, L.M. & Tracey, D.H. (2nd ed.), Lenses on Reading: An Introduction to Theories and Models. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

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.