THE TEAM AT TWLC-WARREN
Dedication, Expertise & a Passion for Learning!
Our teaching staff consists entirely of NJ certified educators with advanced graduate degrees whose many years of classroom experience guarantee expert differentiated instruction for each of our students. Like Barbara Henke, the late founder of Today’s World Learning Center, our teachers utilize teaching techniques and “best practices” honed in the same grade level classrooms of those students with whom they work at TWLC of Warren. Our teachers’ expertise in instructional strategies and integration of the Common Core Standards complement the rigors and goals of our programs. On-going professional development helps to assure our teachers deliver our program with expectations on the federal, state, and local levels. Combined, our staff brings decades of classroom teaching experience and expertise to the language arts programs at Today’s World Learning Center of Warren.
Owner & Director
With over 15 years of experience in education, program management and leadership development, I'm thrilled to bring the world of literature and writing to our students. I have a wide range of experience teaching and working with students, from teaching in traditional classrooms and adolescent mental health facilities to coordinating youth advocacy initiatives at the United Nations. A life-long learner, I have taught at Rutgers and TCNJ, and am currently pursuing my D.Litt. at Drew University. I hold a B.A. in English, M.A. in Women's and Gender Studies, and Ed.M. in Counseling Psychology, and have participated in several short-term study abroad programs, including in Ireland, Japan and Poland. When not teaching, I love spending time with my husband Matt, son Timmy, and dogs Simon and Summer; traveling to new places near and far; and reading memoirs, dystopias and classic fiction.
My name is Gina Banks I have been teaching middle school for fourteen years. I have taught all grades but have been teaching 6th grade for the last few years. I have been working at TWLC for a year and a half and really enjoy the staff, students and curriculum. Prior to teaching, I had a career in publishing and marketing. When I’m not teaching or tutoring, I live at home in Fanwood with my husband Jeff, my son Ethan, my daughter Mallory, and my dog Sadie. I love to read, write, do yoga, go to the beach, take long walks, watch movies and spend time with family and friends.
My name is Marguerite Ard Fitzgerald I taught middle school for 33 years with most of those years teaching grade 8. After retiring, I began my own tutoring service called 121Tutoring. I specialized in ACT, SAT and college essays. I began working at TWLC ten years ago teaching levels from 5th to 12th grade. I love to read. Shakespeare and the Romantic Poets are my favorites. My modern reading is usually a mystery. I have 10 siblings, two daughters, three grandchildren and one cat.
An experienced science teacher, I graduated from Rutgers University with high honors with a Bachelor of Science in exercise science and secondary education biological sciences. I taught for many years at Watchung Hills Regional High School and Livingston High School before most recently working with students enrolled in outpatient facilities, where I taught biology, chemistry and physical sciences. In addition to being a science teacher, I am also an avid runner and a mother of 15-year-old twins.
I have been tutoring and teaching high school English since 2002 after earning my Master’s in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. I received my Bachelor's degree in English from Oberlin College. I have been working with TWLC-W since 2018. My areas of expertise include preparing students for the SAT, ACT and A.P. Language and Composition exam, crafting the college essay as well as building reading and writing skills. I find tutoring to be very rewarding. Watching a student master the skill being taught is not only gratifying for them, but also for me. I am a Certified Journalism Educator and am a Level Two Google Certified Educator.
I have had the pleasure of teaching both general and special education within the Scotch Plains - Fanwood Public School district. Teaching in all elementary grade levels has given me the opportunity to quickly differentiate my instruction based on student level and need. It has also highlighted the importance of foundational learning skills that become honed over time. I enjoy using my creativity and enthusiasm to motivate, guide, and support students as they push their thinking and understanding to new heights. Some of my strengths include, familiarity with the Wilson Reading System, building reading confidence through phonics and phonemic awareness, improving fluency, deepening comprehension, increasing work stamina and independence, and delving deeper into idea generation and written expression.
My name is Daniel Scotti and in the 1990s, I decided that I wasn’t too old for a career change. I went back to school and earned an MAT in teaching (K-8), Mathematics Certification (K-12) with a concentration in high school Algebra and Geometry, and Teacher of the Handicapped Certification. My keen interest in mathematics centers around my goal of helping kids have fun learning math. I have been teaching middle school math for the past 20 years and every day when I interact with my students, I am reminded of my good fortune.
I am committed to helping your child discover a love, or at least an interest, in math. One thing that helps me accomplish this is that I am a good listener. I will determine your child’s current level of performance in math and create a plan to assist them to improve their level of understanding in all areas of math. As I have experienced in my 20 years of education, the confidence children gain as they understand and master concepts in mathematics, transfers to other areas of their lives.
I have been working as an elementary school teacher for the last 16 years. I hold a Masters Degree in Elementary Education (MAT) and a Masters Degree in Principal and Supervisor Certification (Ed.M). I am also a Google Certified Educator (I love to get Googley!).
I really enjoy engaging my students in new material and finding ways to empower and enrich their experiences as students. I have tutored many students in the past 5 years, from 3rd grade to 7th grade. I have worked on various committees with issues ranging from curriculum revision, technology integration and responsive classroom techniques. My husband and I have three children. We love to read together, cook together and visit the beach. I look forward to working with your child and helping him/her reach the fullest potential.
I have been working as a High School History teacher for the last 18 years. I currently teach Advanced Placement European History and US II. In the past, I have taught other classes such as, Racism, Genocide & the Holocaust and World History. I am also the Advisor for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Chapter of JSA (Junior Statesmen Association). I hold a Masters Degree in Principal and Supervisor Certification (Ed.M). I believe in engaging my students with the material through conversation where they become involved with the material in a meaningful way. The art of understanding the scope and sequence of our world's history is all in how events are intertwined. I have tutored students in middle school and high school, offering my skills and knowledge to propel them forward in their studies. My wife and I have three children and love to talk about history with one another. I look forward to working with your child and assisting them in their Social Studies work.
I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. When I was in the Brownies in second grade, I was told I could take over the troop and do a great job. And I did! I graduated from Newark State College with a major in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology. I have a Master’s Degree in teaching from Marygrove College, and taught in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood School System successfully for 42 years. I taught first and second grades when I started out, and mostly sixth grade Reading, Language Arts, and Social Studies for the rest of my career. My love of teaching brought me to Today’s World Learning Center 5 years ago. I have 2 successful, amazing adult children and 2 awesome grandchildren. I live with my daughter and our dog, Loki. I love to read, work in the garden, and play with Loki. I like to know things and reading allows me to learn about all kinds of things and opens up the world and all its wonders. I love animals, especially dogs, and support several dog charities.
I am Kristina Traynor, an Elementary Education teacher in Warren Township, specializing in Elementary Language Arts and Literacy. At TWLC-W, I support and challenge students in the areas of reading, comprehension, phonics, mechanics, vocabulary, and writing. I enjoy using a blend of current and classic literature to facilitate instruction. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from Rider University and a Master of Arts degree in Reading Specialization from Kean University. I currently hold New Jersey State Certifications in Primary Education, Elementary Education, Reading Specialization, and Educational Supervision. Outside of TWLC-W, I enjoy outdoor activities, reading fantasy fiction novels, and spending quality time with her family.