Meet Elissa Malespina

Excited to be working with all of you!

Hi Everyone!

I just recently accepted the job as Coordinating Supervisor of Educational Technology, Multi-Media and Media. If it is ok with all of you, I think that I will mostly go by Coordinating Supervisor of Educational Technology, because I honestly don't think that I or anyone else can remember the entire thing. :-)

Since I most likely will not be starting for around 60 days, I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce myself.

My Personal Website

Feel free to check it out to learn more about me!

About Me:

Throughout my 15+ year career in education, I have had the opportunity to work in the classroom as a high school history teacher and as a special education teacher for students with severe emotional, mental and physical challenges. In the last 10 years I have been a Teacher Librarian at Highland Park High School, Columbia High School and most recently at South Orange Middle School in South Orange, NJ. My varied experience gives me a unique perspective toward working with students and teachers, drives my passion for infusing new technology into the curriculum and thinking outside the box to pique students’ interest and keep them engaged.

My passion is using Web 2.0 resources and tools like QR codes and Augmented Reality to make the school experience more interactive and engaging to students. I've had the opportunity to present and write about these tools and look forward to sharing all of this with you.

Family Life:

I am the proud Mom to my 5th-grade son Matthew who loves all things basketball and Minecraft! I have been married to my husband Joe since 2001. We met when we attended Seton Hall University. My family lives in South Orange with our dog Chip.

I am an avid sports fan. My husband and I attend every home Men’s Basketball game at our alma mater, Seton Hall. Sunday is appointment television to watch the Giants and the Jets play, dismissing the idea that one cannot root for two different teams in one sport.

This is a new career journey for me! One that I am very excited about but know that I will not be successful without all of you.

Please know that this is going to be a learning curve for all of us, and there will be times when we all make mistakes. I have made tons in my life, some big, some small -mistakes are the way we learn!

More than anyone, I know that change can be hard especially when it comes to having a new Supervisor. But I do love this quote that Tony Robins said -- "Change is inevitable; Progress is optional." I hope you will be willing to take the journey with me.

As soon as I get into the district, I promise to make sure to get around to all of your schools to meet with all of you. If you need to speak with me about anything before then please feel free to reach out to me at any of the contact information below.

This is completely optional but if you would not mind, I would love it if you could send me an email telling me a little about yourself, your role in the district etc., so I can better help and support you. I would love to know the 5 (or more) must haves that you need to do your job to the best of your ability. It can be things you have now or wish list items that you would love to have. I cannot guarantee anything but knowing your must-haves will help to shape my future decisions.

Technology used to make this:

I love Smore which is an online flyer and poster maker. You can add pictures, links, video, and more to the flyer. With a free account you get five flyers for free and can embed them to your website, link to it, email it to people and also post it to most major social media outlets right from the website. After you get 30 views of the flyer it unlocks an amazing set of statistics.

There are so many educational uses for these flyers - I have used them as newsletters and welcome letters for parents. I have had students make them for school projects. If using Smore is something you are interested in let me know and I will totally help you with any questions you may have. Below is a video tutorial about it.

Smore Tutorial

Contact Information

Here are some ways you can contact me. I am also including my cell phone in the email that this is attached to this Smore. Feel free to call or text me at that number.