Linden Teachers Win Advocacy Award

LINDEN — Linden Public Schools teachers Danie Orelien-Armstead and Kevin LaMastra are winners of the the 2010 Advocacy Award, presented by the NJ Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Language/NJ Bilingual Educators.

Orelien-Armstead is an ESL and French teacher.  In addition to working with the New Jersey Immigration and Policy Network and the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, she founded “Citizens for a Better Linden,” an organization that distributes scholarships to seniors from Linden High School. Orelien-Armstead is also the secretary and co-founder of the Haitian Alliance Relief Funds that assists in the immediate and continuous efforts of rebuilding Haiti.


LaMastra is an ESL and French teacher.  His humanistic teaching philosophy is apparent when LaMastra states that “it is imperative that we lend our skills and expertise towards promoting and shaping the emerging field of global education.” LaMastra is founder of “Friends Beyond Borders”, a non profit organization that involves educators in human rights immersion experiences in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Francine Kreisberg, a physical education teacher at Linden School No. 4, also recently became president-elect of the New Jersey Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

“Congratulations to all the teachers on their achievements, especially my wife Danie for being selected by the NJ Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Language/NJ Bilingual Educators as one of the winners of the 2010 Advocacy Award,” said Councilman Derek Armstead. “Thank you on behalf of the residents of Linden.”

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