DENVILLE, NJ-- This month's faculty spotlight goes to Jennifer Faliveno, Valleyview Middle School Social Studies teacher.
Jenn Faliveno is a seventh and eighth grade social studies teacher at Valleyview Middle School, who works tirelessly on many projects that benefit her students and the Denville community as a whole. Her personality can be summed up in her favorite motto:
What You Do Matters
Faliveno is a graduate of Seton Hall University, where she earned her degree in secondary education and history. She then went on to earn her certification in special education from Jersey City State University and a Master's Degree in teaching from Marygrove College.
"Continuing my education through various professional development and college courses in educational pedagogy with a historical focus on civics, teaching tolerance, and Holocaust education, I believe that I bring my experiences in my own education to the classroom everyday. Running student tours throughout Europe for eight summers with EF Tours, I also bring to the classroom a background of world culture and a deeper understanding of history," Faliveno said.
Faliveno's volunteer efforts, especially those that involve the history of Denville and America as a whole, are highly valued in the Denville school system. Each year, Faliveno spends a weekend in Washington D.C. to help lay wreaths on every tomb stone at Arlington National Cemetery.
In addition to her volunteer efforts at the cemetery, Faliveno is always bringing in guests that can share their piece of history with her students. She currently organizes the eighth grade field trip, plans different volunteer opportunities for her students to give back to the Denville community.
"I organize community service for students including: school beautification and improvement projects, raising funds for breast cancer research, and preparing and providing the Denville Police department with a Thanksgiving dinner as a few examples from the past year," Faliveno said.
Faliveno is also known for her work on the Valleyview Middle School spring musical each year. She spends her hours coming up with the choreography, directing, and stage blocking and each year puts on a performance like no other middle school.
"It is my firm belief that kids are capable of so much more than what most people give them credit for, and if you set the expectations high, they rise to the occasion, whether it be in the classroom, on the field or on the stage. They're going to do great things," Faliveno said.
The Denville community is also impacted by Faliveno's will to serve. Faliveno worked on many projects, including the Denville Centennial, Denville Up and Running, Foundation of Denville.
This summer, Faliveno will be attending the Google Apps for Education Summit as a member of the district's Google implementation committee.
"Helping to move the district forward in its use of technology, I am including various platforms for students to incorporate applicable technological life skills into daily learning," Faliveno said.
With all her time spent volunteering and teaching, one might wonder if Faliveno ever has time for herself. When she isn't teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, dogs, seeing musicals, and traveling.
"I am proud to teach my students about the history of the founding of our country and the Constitution with a focus on the organization and role of government and the Bill of Rights both historically and as they relate to current US and world events. I believe that civic education is incredibly important in today’s world, and must be stressed in this generation," Faliveno said.