About Mrs. Frino

This is Mrs. Frino's (formerly Ms. Spirko) ninth year in the Franklin Lakes School District. She is very excited to be a part of the Franklin Avenue Middle School's Resource Program in the 2019-2020 school year!

Mrs. Frino received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education with a concentration in Middle School Social Studies from the University of Delaware in Newark, DE. She has also received her Master of Arts Degree from Montclair State University in Reading and Literacy and has become a certified Reading Specialist. While she is not in Franklin Lakes, Mrs. Frino works
 at a school for students with special needs during the summer months in Scotch Plains, NJ where she grew up. 

At FAMS, Mrs. Frino is part of the collaborative teams in 7th and 8th grade Social Studies. Mrs. Frino enjoys sharing her day with Mr. Jensich and her 7th grade students, as well Mr. Colón, Mrs. Milano, and the 8th grade students. She has a passion for history and believes that is an essential subject area for students to learn in order for them to connect the past with the present and future. Furthermore, Mrs. Frino has a love of literacy, and often strives to incorporate activities involving literacy into the Social Studies content area.

In her spare time, Mrs. Frino enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends and listening to country music. This past summer, she enjoyed going to London and Paris, and also spent time down at the Jersey Shore. She is a huge fan of the New York Giants and New Jersey Devils.

Google Site Links

Please USE the LINKS BELOW for ALL class information, homework, and announcements:

7th Grade Social Studies (Mr. Jenisch Periods 1/3):


8th Grade Social Studies (Mr. Colón Periods 4/9):

Teaching Philosophy

Philosophy of the Special Education Program in the Franklin Lakes School District

“If he cannot learn the way we teach, we had better teach the way he can learn.”

-Robert Buck

The special Education teachers of Franklin Lakes Public Schools believe in success for all children. We are dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment in which each child has the opportunity to reach his or her fullest potential. Learning is an individual process in which each child will have the optimum opportunity to develop academically, socially, and emotionally. We strive to foster individual strengths while developing areas in need of more support. We support students through a variety of specialized instructional strategies, techniques and materials.

The teachers in the Franklin Lakes Special Education Program focus on student achievement through the implementation of scientifically research-based curriculum that reflects best practices in special education. Comprehensive assessments are also used in order to establish data-driven goals and objectives to guide individual student success. The IEP is the cornerstone of the student’s program. We implement the IEP to meet the specific needs of each student in our programs. We are consistently mindful of the specific accommodations and modifications that will help our students reach success in both special and general education programs.

As a group, we philosophically believe in the movement to give special needs students’ greater access to general education classes. Our goal is to strengthen our relationship with our general education colleagues through the in-class support model. The establishment of this partnership, while maintaining our identity as special educators, will create greater opportunities for student success now and in the future. We are committed to excellence and making a significant difference in the lives of students challenged by the classroom setting.

                                 Contact Information 2019-2020:

E-mail: lfrino@franklinlakes.k12.nj.us

Phone: 201-891-0202 ext. 289

Teacher Conference Hours

Third Wednesday of every month 7:15 - 7:45 am

-October: 10/16
-November: 11/20
-December: 12/18


First Tuesday of every month 3:00 - 3:30 pm

-September: 9/10
-October: 10/8
-November: 11/4
-December: 12/3