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President's and Leadership Awards

NJTESOL/NJBE Presents Awards to Joanne Villafañe and Stan Karp

By Judie Haynes

E ach year at the NJTESOL/NJBE Spring Conference, we confer the President’s and Leadership Awards to outstanding people in the field of ESL/bilingual education.

President's Award to Dr. Joanne Villafane President's Award to Dr. Joanne Villafane.

President’s Award for 2011

This year the President’s Award for 2011 was presented to Dr. Joanne Bisagna Villafañe who has been actively involved in bilingual education and ESL for all of her professional life.  Her interest in language acquisition is deeply rooted in her personal experiences, her academic training as a linguist, and her career as a teacher, supervisor, and administrator.  She has worked with English language learners of diverse backgrounds in New York City, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.  She received her M.A. in TESL from Hunter College, CUNY, and a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics and Bilingual Education from Georgetown University.   She has taught ESL every level from elementary through high school and adults and taught at the graduate level in ESL Masters Program at St. John’s University.  From 2001 to 2010, Dr. Villafañe was the Director of the Perth Amboy Public Schools Bilingual/ESL Program which was recognized twice by the NJ Department of Education as a Model Second Language Program. 

Currently retired, Dr. Villafañe maintains her professional relationships and continues to advocate for ELLs through her membership on the State Advisory Committee for Bilingual Education as well as the NJASK Spanish Translation Review Panel.   She has been an active member of NJTESOL/NJBE for about 20 years and has supported the work of the organization through her own conference presentations and by encouraging many bilingual and ESL teachers to present their effective classroom practices. Dr. Villafañe speaks Spanish, French, and Italian, and has studied Greek and Mandarin Chinese. 

Leadership Award to Stan Karp with Judie Haynes Leadership Award to Stan Karp with Judie Haynes

The Leadership Award for 2011

The Leadership Award for 2011 was presented to Stan Karp, Director of the Secondary Reform Project for New Jersey's Education Law Center. The Education Law Center is one of the nation’s leading advocacy groups supporting the right of public school children to an equal and excellent education. The Secondary Reform Project monitors and supports middle and high school reform efforts with a focus on New Jersey’s poorest urban districts. Karp has vigorously supported the needs of
English language learners.

Previously, Karp was a public school teacher in Paterson, New Jersey for 30 years where he taught English and journalism to high school students and was the founding lead teacher of the Communications Academy, a small school-within-a-school reform project.


Karp is also an editor of the school reform journal Rethinking Schools and has written frequently on school reform and educational policy. His articles have appeared in Education Week, Educational Leadership and other publications. He is a co-editor of Rethinking Our Classrooms: Teaching for Equity and Justice, Rethinking School Reform: Views from the Classroom, and Funding for Justice: Money, Equity and the Future of Public Education,

Karp was also a founding member and past co-chair of the National Coalition of Education Activists, a multiracial network of parents, teachers, and education advocates working for reform and equity in public education.

Congratulations!