Staff

Dr. Patricia Raupers is the Interim Director of Curriculum & Instruction. Dr. Raupers began her career in education as a teacher of Social Studies at Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan where she also served as the Coordinator of Gifted Programs. After many years as a classroom teacher she was offered the task of working with administrators and teachers to create a professional development program for the educators of the eight Northern Valley districts. She worked for the Northern Valley Schools consortium as a staff developer, supervisor of professional development, and later as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Raupers was an original member of the New Jersey Staff Development Council and later represented the Northern Valley as the co-president of the Bergen County Curriculum Consortium. Most recently, Dr. Raupers has served as a Superintendent of Schools in Waldwick and Norwood and an Adjunct Professor at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. Her undergraduate and masters degrees are in history and education from Seton Hall University and her doctoral degree is in Instructional Leadership from St. John's University.

Ms. Kathleen O’Flynn is the Supervisor of Professional Learning at the Office of Curriculum and Instruction. She received a Masters Degree in Education from Montclair State University and a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education/American Studies from Douglass College at Rutgers University. Additionally, Mrs. O’Flynn holds Supervisory Certification. Before becoming a staff developer, Mrs. O’Flynn taught at the first and second grade level, and more recently spent time as a school based staff developer. Mrs. O’Flynn serves as co-chairperson for the Northern Valley Schools Regional Professional Development Board. Kathleen is a graduate of the Learning Forward Academy 2014, a two year national professional development and leadership program. She has presented at both state and national conferences.

Ms. Virginia Senande is the Learning Systems Technology Integrator for the Northern Valley Regional High School district. Mrs. Senande received her Bachelors Degree in Spanish and Political Science as well as her Translation Certificate from Rutgers College at Rutgers University and her Masters Degree in Education: Administration and Supervision from St. Peter’s College. Additionally, Mrs. Senande holds Supervisor and Principal Certification. Before joining the Northern Valley Curriculum Center, Mrs. Senande taught high school Spanish and served as an Administrative Intern, Tech Mentor, and Acting Assistant Principal. Mrs. Senande has also served on the Local and Regional Professional Development Committees and the Regional Professional Development Board, and as an Instructional Coach and Consultant to the Northern Valley Curriculum Center.

Ms. Amy Brown serves as the Literacy Specialist for the Old Tappan School District and has been a facilitator for the Office of Curriculum and Instruction since 2002. She received her Bachelors Degree in Human Resources Administration, along with her teaching certificate, from Muhlenberg College and her Masters degree in Literacy from Long Island University. Ms. Brown holds Supervisory Certification and Orton Gillingham Teacher Certification. She is also a member of the Northern Valley's first cohort of instructional coaches. Ms. Brown teaches graduate courses through Regional Training Center for TCNJ and Gratz College in addition to working with private clients with dyslexia.

Ms. Kelly Stevens works for the Demarest Public Schools as Supervisor of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. In addition, she has taught second and third grade, as well as a second through fourth grade language and learning disabilities class. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Rhode Island and a Masters of Professional Studies in Elementary and Special Education from Manhattanville College. She has also completed coursework in the area of Educational Technology, in addition to her supervision certificate. In addition to classroom teaching, Kelly is also an instructional coach in the Northern Valley, as well as a trained mentor. She has also served on curriculum writing committees for both Language Arts and Science.

Samantha Kreielsheimer, Administrative Secretary 201-768-2200 x12270

Melissa Gonzalez, Associate Secretary 201-768-2200 x12260