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Barbara LaSaracina

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Mathematics, grades 3-8


Barbara LaSaracina is a 27 year veteran teacher. Barbara has taught grades 3-8 and is a mathematics specialist. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Bio-medical technologies and a Master of Arts degree in Education. Barbara also holds a supervisory certification and a curriculum specialist certification.

As a member of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year, Barbara is involved in educational policy work and teacher recruitment. She currently travels around the United States as mathematics and inspiration educational speaker.


  • Governor's Award 1998 and 2001
  • Somerset County Teacher of the Year 2000
  • New Jersey State Teacher of the Year 2001
  • Finalist for Disney Teacher of the Year 2005

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