Mrs. Susan Mola is proud to be a veteran staff member of the Franklin Lakes Public Schools, having had the pleasure of teaching here since 1982. She has taught in a variety of disciplines since working in the district. For 8 years, she was the instructor of the ACES program, developing its previous curriculum. Mrs. Mola has also taught 3rd grade at both Colonial Road and Woodside Avenue schools for 8 years. Mrs. Mola graduated Summa Cum Laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Metropolitan campus, with a dual degree in Education and Psychology, and is certified to teach grades Pre-K through 8. She also received her Masters of Arts in Teaching degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a concentration in English as a Second Language, also being certified to teach ELs (English Learners) from pre-K through adults. Lastly, Mrs. Mola completed post-graduate work at Jersey City State College, earning her degree as a Supervisor of Instruction. In her free time, Mrs. Mola and her husband enjoy spending time with their grown children, Joseph and Julianna, and their “hairy” children Max (the Cockapoo) and Emma (the Bichon).
PHILOSOPHY of teaching and learning English:
Beginnning in 1999, Mrs. Mola became the district’s teacher and coordinator of ELL students (English Language Learners), the position she currently holds. It’s been a very rewarding for her to have the experience of instructing children with limited English language abilities, and then seeing a world of possibilities open for them once their English skills increase. As when learning any new language, there are 4 language domains in which to master. First, the listening stage of development grows, followed by speaking, then comes the reading aspect of language, and finally, writing. It may take as many as 10 years of instruction to reach the level of native speaker, so when a student enters the ESL program, we know that it will take years of work and dedication of the part of the student and the teacher to master the new language. The overarching theme in my philosophy of education is that ALL students can learn. Putting this thought into practice means having high expectations for each student, challenging them to their full potential, and allowing them flexibility and freedom of thought. Educating is not teaching fact after fact. Rather, education is built on a strong teacher-student relationship that fosters a classroom atmosphere where students play an integral role in their learning process. The EL students partner with Mrs. Mola to develop content and ideas and with this comes a sense of ownership that allows them to feel comfortable taking intellectual risks.