Bloomfield Board of Education Highlights 2014-2016


• Opened Liberty Academy on Bloomfield College Campus

• Opened Early childhood Center @ Forest Glen

• Brought child study team back in house

• Added new physical education, art and music teachers to the elementary schools.

• Upgraded all network capabilities

• Started working on the $53 million facilities long range planning


• Purchased and implemented Power School

• Implemented Words their Way

•  Implemented Readers & Writers Workshop

• Hired new Elementary Principal

• Worked with BEF for PSAT grant of $250,000

• Brought all new technology purchasing back to administration.


• Implemented a new 1:1 initiative at BMS with Chrome Books

• Worked with BEF to fund wireless connections for home use for Chrome Book Pilot

• Worked with the Foley Field Foundation to approve new restroom, multipurpose room and

snack stand facility

• Paid off Foley Field Bond

• Started new Teacher Academy

• Hired many new positions

o Assistant superintendent

o Assistant business administrator

o New outside council

o New Science supervisor

o New world language and social studies supervisor

o 2 new assistant principals @BHS



Major Accomplishments

  • CEO and founder of six Laundromats in NY/NJ area with $3,000,000 in annual revenue
  • Established environmentally friendly practices and use of green products in all locations
  • Trustee, State of New Jersey Council for the Humanities 
  • President of Bloomfield, NJ Board of Education ($100 million annual budget)
  • Earned Master Board Member Certification
  • President, Essex County School Boards Association


Professional Experience

Berger Brothers, Inc., Owner, Perth Amboy, NJ    1996 - Present

•    Own and operate six self-serve Laundromats across the New York / New Jersey area with annual sales of $3,000,000 and twenty full-time employees. 

•    Pioneered 20 years of financial growth fueled by the successful expansion, upgrading, staffing, buying and selling of local Laundromats 

•    Developed a proven business model, earning national recognition from the Commercial Laundromat Association (2004 Award for Excellence) for a mixture of extensive business acumen and exemplary customer service

•    Liaise with municipal officials, non-profits and community organizers to promote economic and commercial development of neighborhood where businesses operate

•    Pioneered eco-friendly practices in all locations in first of its kind policy


Golden Glow Cleaners, Owner, Irvington, NJ                                          1991 - 2002

•    Grew single store business into a three location, full service dry cleaning enterprise,

managing over thirty employees and laundering over fifteen million shirts for 40           corporations, such as Nabisco, American Home Products and Johnson Controls  

•    Stewarded relationships with client representatives to ensure customer satisfaction

•    Directly supervised over 50 part-time and full-time employees in business start up

•    Developed multi-year plan to establish and expand successful business enterprise



Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ    2003 - 2006

B.A., History   3.85 GPA in Major

•    Maintained 3.6 overall GPA while working full time on expanding business





· Hire district superintendent, prepare district $100 million budget for taxpayer approval

and liaise between public at large and District Administration

Served on contract negotiation team dealing with all major units (i.e. teachers, administrators,

and non-certificated staff members


Named as Bloomfield liaison to Essex County School Board 2010-Present

Bloomfield High School Sports Hall of Fame 2013, 2016

Bloomfield liaison to Essex County School Board 2010-Present

Curriculum Committee Member 2010-2011

Watsessing Home and School Liaison 2010-2011

Personnel Committee Chairman 2011-2013, 2016

Fairview Home and School Liaison 2011-2012

Middle School Liaison 2011-2012

Oakview Home and School Liaison 2012-2013

Demarest Home and School Liaison 2012-2013

Bloomfield High School Sports Hall of Fame Liaison 2013, 2016

Finance and Facilities Committee Member 2013-2014

Franklin Home and School Liaison 2013-2014

Watsessing Home and School Liaison 2014-2015

Brookdale Home and School Liaison 2016



Led community organization serving local neighborhood




Raise philanthropic support in memory of fallen soldiers of the First World War

Build awareness of the memorial project in the United States and Europe




· Board member, chief fundraiser and financial advisor to non-profit musical education

program and camp for underprivileged children in the vicinity of Trenton.

· Formulate strategic plan with executive director, board chair and staff




· Participate in symposia on the European Union, trans-Atlantic and global issues




Member, Finance Committee




Chairman of Curriculum and Assessment Committee 2015-Present


UNITED WAY OF BLOOMFIELD, Trustee 2105-Present


Attend board meetings and support fund raising initiatives




Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY

Doctor of Education, Urban and Multicultural Education 


Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY

Master of Education, Curriculum and Teaching 


College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee, MA

Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary Biology 


Howard University, Washington, DC

Bachelor of Science, Microbiology 


Professional Experience__________________________________

Teaching Experience

Undergraduate and Graduate Courses Taught:

Elementary Science Methods

First Year Seminar

Integrated Science

Historical Context of American Schooling

Introduction to Teaching

Middle School Science Methods

Multicultural Education 

Methods of Teaching 

Research Methods

Residency Seminar

Secondary Science Methods 

The Black Woman Experience

Student Community Service


Professor of Education, Tenured, Department of Secondary/Middle School Education, 

2009 – current.  Associate Professor of Education, 2005 – 2009.  Assistant Professor, 2001 – 2005.  Instructor, 2000 – 2001.  College of Education, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ. Teaching, undergraduate and graduate student 

advisement, department program development and committee work.  

Appointed September 2001.


Instructor, Department of Curriculum and Teaching. Teachers College, Columbia University, 

    New York, NY.  1997 – 2000.


Instructor, Department of Education and Continuing Studies. Our Lady of the Elms College, 

    Chicopee, MA.  1998.    


Instructor/Practitioner in Residence, Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

    William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ.  1996 – 1997.


Science Teacher. Summer Institute of Environmental Sciences, Towson State University, 

    Towson, MD.  Grades 7-12.  1995.


Biology Teacher. Baltimore City College High School, Baltimore City Public Schools, 

    Baltimore, MD.  Grades 9 & 11.  1993 – 1995.


Teaching Fellow, Department of Biology, Quinebaug Valley Community-Technical 

    College, Danielson, CT.  1992 – 1993.  


Leadership/Administrative Positions

Department Chair, Department of Africana-World Studies, William Paterson University, 2014 

    – Present


Director, Robert Noyce Scholarship Program at William Paterson University, Phase II, 2015 

– Present.


Director, K-12 undergraduate program, Department of Secondary/Middle School 

    Education, William Paterson University.  2013 – 2014.


Scholarship Coordinator, Robert Noyce Scholarship Grant, William Paterson University. 

    2010 – 2014


Department Chair, Department of Secondary/Middle School Education, William Paterson 

    University.  2004, 2006 – 2009, 2013.


Director, Paterson Teachers for Tomorrow Program, William Paterson University.

2005 - 2011.    


Academic Content Coordinator, Improving Teacher Quality Partnership Grants – 

    Technology in Math and English/Language Arts – On TIME. William Paterson 

    University. 2006 – 2009.


Content and Evaluation Coordinator, Improving Teacher Quality Partnership Grants – 

    Inquiry in Math and Science - IMS, William Paterson University. 2003 – 2006.


Academic Coordinator, Benjamin Banneker Academy for Community Development, 

    Grades 7-12.  Brooklyn, NY.  1995 – 1996.




Selected Publications__________________________________

Hill, D.  (2013). Constructivist and multicultural science:  Methods, labs, and teaching tools

    for K-8 Classrooms, 2nd Edition. Custom Edition. Boston, MA: Pearson.


Schultz, B., Gillette, M., & Hill, D.  (2011). Teaching as political:  Theoretical perspectives for 

    understanding the grow your own movement. In Skinner, E., Garreton, M., and Schultz, 

    B. (Eds)., Grow your own teachers: Grassroots change for teacher education. (pp. 5-

    21). New York:  TC Press. 


Hill, D. and Newton, R.  (2010). A pipeline program for urban community teachers:  Standing in 

    the gap of achievement and possibility.  In B. Allison & B. Berghoff (Eds.) The 2010 E-

    Yearbook of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research SIG of the American Educational

    Research Association (AERA).(pp. 17-25). Los Angeles, CA:  CalState.


Agard-Jones, L. & Hill, D.  (2009). Special topics focus:  Exploring current notions of education 

    that is multicultural.  Multicultural Perspectives, 11 (4) 185 – 186.


Schultz, B., Gillette, M., & Hill, D.  (2008). A theoretical framework for understanding grow

    your own teachers.  The Sophist’s Bane, 4 (1 & 2) 69-80.


Hill, D.& Gillette, M.  (2005). Teachers for tomorrow in urban schools:  Recruiting and 

    supporting the pipeline.  Multicultural Perspectives, 7 (3) 42-50.


Curriculum Guides, Program Evaluations, and Handbooks

Hill, D. & Kalaramadam, S.  (2012). The NJ – India project at William Paterson University:  

    Exploring challenges of multiculturalism and globalism lesson plan chronicle.  Funded by 

    the US Department of Education.


Hill, D. (2009). Improving teacher quality partnership – Research, explore & learn lesson plan 

            chronicle.  Funded by the New Jersey Department of Education.


Hill, D. (2006). Inquiry in math and science lesson plan chronicle, volume 2.  Funded by the 

New Jersey Department of Education.


Hill, D., with PT4T counselors.  (2006). The Paterson teachers for tomorrow summer program 

    teacher’s guide – “Who I am and where I’m from.”Funded by the Taub Foundation.


Hill, D. (2004). Inquiry in math and science lesson plan chronicle, volume 1. Funded by the 

New Jersey Department of Education.



Selected Conference Presentations______________________

Invited Symposia and Keynotes

“Fighting for justice in classrooms & communities: The intersections of globalization, youth action and teacher preparation.” (November 2015).  Panel presentation at the Taller Internacional Nueva Ciencia Política o Ciencia Política Desde El Sur y Coloquio sobre Filosofía.  University of Havana, Cuba.  


“Aspiring Teachers of Color:  Strategies to Expand Pathways to the Teaching Profession in Urban Schools.” (April 2013). Great Teachers for Our City Schools 6th Annual Summit, Denver, CO.


“The Achievement Gap:  Building Success for All Students.”  Keynote Speaker. Mt. Holly Public Schools Professional Development Day. Mt. Holly, NJ.  October 2012.


 “Womanist theory and epistemology.” (March, 2011). Women’s History Month Celebration. William Paterson University, NJ.


“The African impact on the African American experience:  Between race and culture.” (March 2011). The Cross-Cultural Arts Festival. William Paterson University, NJ.


“Diversity in middle school education.” (April 2007).  Keynote Speaker.  School #26, Paterson, NJ.


Service to the Community (selected)

Civil and Human Rights Commission, Bloomfield, NJ (2014 - )

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Community Day, Bloomfield, NJ (2015, 2016)

Professional Development Consultant – diversity, science education, achievement (2005 –)

New Jersey American Council on Education Network (ACE-NET). WPUNJ Executive 

    Committee (2009 -)

Paterson, NJ Public School District High School Renewal Initiative.  (Fall 2010 – Spring 2011)

Paterson, NJ Public School District Consultant.  (Spring 2010)

Paterson, NJ Public School District Equity and Diversity Council.  (Spring 2006)



Linda Troncoso-maiden name


Education & Certification


City College of CUNY, New York, NY - Advanced Certificate in School Administration & Supervision 2007

Hunter College of CUNY, New York, NY - MS Ed. Childhood Education w/ Bilingual Extension 2004

Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY - B.S. Government and Sociology 2000

New Jersey State Standard Certificate for Supervisor

New Jersey State Standard Certificate for Teacher of Social Studies 

New York State Permanent Certificate in School Administration & Supervision

New York State Permanent Certificate in Social Studies 7-12

New York State Professional Certificate in Childhood Education 1-6


Teaching & Supervision Highlights


Queens North Borough Field Support Center New York, NY                Present

Senior Achievement Manager- Instructional Lead serving Districts 24, 25, 26, & 30


Designed and facilitated a diverse array of professional learning opportunities for teachers and administrators across all grades and content areas.  Developed and utilized resources appropriate in supporting teacher leaders in the areas of Formative Assessment, World Languages, Socratic Seminars, Conceptual Understanding in Math and English Language Arts-Literature Circles. Communicated with School leadership regarding the effectiveness of teacher teams and provided them with professional learning outcomes. Managed and provided guidance to a cohort of principals through a professional learning cycle focused on building Student Autonomy in Students with Disabilities with the intended outcome of improving student learning. Coordinated the 1st Annual Queens North Borough Spelling Bee, supported Spelling Bee School Coordinators and welcomed over 100 students and their families in showcasing their spelling bee skills, competitiveness and love for literacy.  



P.S 191 Museum Magnet School New York, NY                         2011

Teacher -  6th Grade ICT Math, ELA, & Social Studies; 7th Grade Spanish, ELA & ICT Social Studies; 8th Grade Spanish & Social Studies 


Coordinator of the Advance Student Survey Pilot, trained teachers in conducting Advance student surveys in grades 3-8 for purposes of providing teachers with valuable feedback to be used to improve their instructional practice.  Managed the implementation, distribution and collection of surveys. Teacher Representative on the ADVANCE Team, collaborated with members of the team including administrators in making a formative selection of the State and Local Measures of Student Learning (MOSL) for the school. Trained in the Danielson’s Framework for teacher evaluation and development of instructional practices. Lead Integrative Collaborative Team (ICT) teacher, modeled collaborative team teaching instruction to other ICT teams and trained other staff members in museum project-based learning; organizing the Dream Think Do annual academic fair. Inquiry Team Leader for Grade 6 and Social Studies Team, turn-keyed new curriculum initiatives, establishing meeting protocols, engaging teachers in analysis of ELA data using the Harvard’s Project Zero protocol, sharing best instructional practices, and creating differentiated lessons to address student needs. Department liaison for the Quality Review superintendent meeting, presenting school-wide evidence of common core aligned curriculum and classroom practices. Served as a Teacher Mentor to student teachers and first year teachers by conducting an intensive residency that included: regular classroom observations, guidance of differentiating instruction, classroom management and curriculum writing. 


School Initiatives

Created a field trip scholarship program in collaboration with the Parent Teacher Association for students that are high academic performers and economically disadvantaged. Created a student growth portfolio system for grades 6-8, where students reflected on their exemplary work and quarterly goals. Initiated and managed a school-wide social committee that services approximately 50 teachers, created events that allowed colleagues to exchange educational practices, network and form part of a school community of learners. Coordinated a group of 15 teachers to implement teacher-led workshops for parents titled, “Breakfast with a teacher” and “Snacks with a teacher,” where parents were taught the use of www.Engradepro.com , an online web application that allows an online exchange on student academic performance with parents as well as given opportunities to speak with teachers.


I.S. 204 The Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School, Queens, NY                2009

Teacher - 6th Grade ESL Social Studies; 7th Grade Social Studies


Grant Writer of a magnet school application that awarded I.S. 204 a federal grant, being 1 out of 7 Magnet Schools in District 30 to receive it, 7 Magnet Schools in District 30 Getting 3.78 M Fed Grant. Co-led the 6th grade team in the Harvard Academy by organizing teacher meetings and student incentives, mentoring students and ensuring that discipline procedures are followed. Co-led the Intrepid Museum of Sea, Air and Space Museum after-school program where students investigated the role that the USS Intrepid had during World War II, the space race, the Cold War and the Vietnam War through hands on experience. Participated in the school-wide Discipline committee where I created incentives for students and developed ideas on better classroom management


P.S. 241 The Family Academy Middle School, New York, NY                   2007

Assistant Principal- Grades 6-8 including all content departments


Supervised a staff of 15 teachers, 10 school aides, and students of various ages from grades 6 though 8. Led weekly staff and departmental meetings covering instruction, curriculum, inclusion models, and data analysis. Led Professional Development workshops on: differentiated instruction and integrating instructional practices that educate all students including those with IEPs, classroom management, and writing curriculum. Reinvented the Social Studies curriculum by adopting the History Alive TCI curriculum and integrating the Facing History & Ourselves program which created an experiential learning history experience. Expanding the middle school program by incorporating enrichment clubs, an advisory program, Academic Intervention Program which increased student achievement and morale. Coordinated the school’s academic schedule, curriculum night, fundraising events and the first annual holiday show.


P.S. 191/M.S. 865 Hudson Honors Middle School, New York, NY                 2003

Founding Teacher - 7th Grade ELA, Social Studies, & Math; 8th Grade Social Studies and Math; 7th and 8th Grade Advisory Math Department Co-leader


Assistant Principal Intern, assumed the responsibilities of the assistant principal while teaching a full schedule. Lead weekly staff and Social Studies department meetings. Expanded the Social Studies professional development program by bringing in regional support instructors, arranging lectures, including experts from the Facing History & Ourselves Organization, and increasing the number of curriculum resources. Implemented and managed the Math Academic Intervention Services. Coordinated school wide events such as Curriculum Night, Math and Social Studies Fairs. Chaired the School Leadership Team, lead and organized meetings among administration, teachers and parents to assess student achievement, after school programs and social events. Implemented the Peace Games Organization program designed to decrease the amount of peer conflicts by teaching students conflict-resolution; as a result, students executed social action projects and there was a decrease in student suspensions.



Founding teacher of the Hudson Honors middle school program, involved in creating an inclusive culture for students from diverse backgrounds, designed the curriculum for the Advisory program and facilitated workshops on formative assessments, grading the NYS math exam and mentoring teachers. Instructed the After School Reading and Kaplan Math Program for 3 years, providing students with individualized academic attention that resulted in higher test scores. As the Social Studies Team Leader, developed a Social Studies curriculum that integrated technology-based exit projects, historical fiction reading, guest speakers, academic field trips, and senior portfolio work. Supervised student teachers providing them with observation lessons, guidance, and instruction. Supervised: student government, a voter registration drive, drama club, dances, athletic events and senior activities.


M.S. 247 Dual Language Middle School, New York, NY                     2000

Dual-Language Teacher - 6th Grade Math; 7th Grade ELA; 6th and 7th Grade Legal Studies; 6th and 7th Advisory; 8th Grade Social Studies


Initiated and implemented a legal studies program that introduced students to Constitutional, Criminal, and Civil Law. Coordinated the Common Cents Penny Harvest; selected 2 consecutive years for the Round Table Grant. Developed student’s leadership skills and democratic awareness by establishing the school’s first student government. Supervised and promoted many school activities including the Spelling and Reading bee, an Annual Talent Show, athletic events, and chess club. Developed informative Math assessments to guide differentiated instruction and improve test scores.