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Ed. M in Education Leadership from Columbia University; Ed. M. from Cambridge College; B.S. from New York University. Monica Villafuerte has over 12 years of urban public school educational experience across a variety of disciplines, including dance, mathematics, and world language education. Most recently she is serving as a Spanish educator in two elementary schools and as a coordinator at the Adult High School in the North Plainfield School District. Prior to moving to New Jersey, Monica taught various disciplines to middle school grades working with at-risk, special-needs, and multicultural students, including English-language learners in New York City’s District 30. To complement her educational experience, she has extensive administrative experience having served as 6th grade dean, school programmer, and staff developer for approximately a third of her tenure as an educator. Educational leaders and communities have continually lauded her work because innovation and excellence have long been her trademarks. In 2002, she was commended as a finalist in a New Leaders for New Schools competition among the top 10th percentile of educators in NYC. In 1999, Monica was praised for founding the Steinway Dance Company and producing innovative multicultural festivals which promoted creativity, multicultural awareness, and globalization.