Janice Migliazza. M.Ed. Reading Specialist. Janice is the founder of Neighborhood Lit. and has been teaching small group reading enrichment since 2003. She started Neighborhood Lit. as an offshoot of a grad school project using her son’s kindergarten classmates as her students. Using games and fun activities to teach reading and writing skills, the idea took off and today, “Miss Janice” continues to have a lifelong impact on thousands of children in her community.
Janice is a graduate of Rider College with a NJ certification for grades K-12 and received her Master of Science in Education as a Reading Specialist from Monmouth University. Janice received the Outstanding Student in Reading Award from Monmouth University as recognition of her academic achievement. She is also the creator of The At-Home Academy, a series of learning kits that supplies parents and caregivers with hands-on reading and writing activities to do with their children at home.
Annemarie Balkovic. Annemarie holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Moravian College and is NJ teacher certified. She has over 25 years of teaching experience in early childhood education grades 1st – 8th. While serving as the first-grade teacher at St. Jerome School in West Long Branch, NJ, she implemented new and exciting reading programs into the curriculum. She has been with Neighborhood Lit. as a full-time teacher since the summer of 2014.
Taylor Burke, M.Ed. Taylor graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in psychology and then received her NJ certification and Master of Education in Early Childhood Elementary Education from Rutgers University. She taught first grade and basic skills in South Brunswick during which she developed a love of teaching reading and writing. She also served as a writing coach for the TIP program at Conover Road Elementary School in Colts Neck. When Taylor's children were younger, she coached her daughter's travel soccer team, was a Girl Scout leader and taught Sunday School. Although her children have gotten older, she continues to volunteer in their schools.
She has been a Neighborhood Lit. teacher since September 2011 and is now the Director of Communications for Neighborhood Lit and The At-Home Academy.
Kelly Engles, M.Ed. Kelly graduated from Lehigh University and then received her Master of Arts in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education from Monmouth University. She is NJ teacher certified. Kelly has taught Pre-Kindergarten in Point Pleasant, NJ and Breckenridge, CO and was the director of the Lakewood Early Childhood Program. Kelly is currently teaching at The Ranney School in Tinton Falls as the Beginning Teacher. She has been a Neighborhood Lit. summer teacher since 2008.
Antoinette Salmeri, M.Ed. Antoinette graduated from Monmouth University receiving a NJ certification and Master of Arts in Elementary Education. She taught second grade in the Perth Amboy school district for four years including two of those years as a general education teacher in an inclusion classroom environment. She has been teaching at Neighborhood Lit. since the summer of 2009.
Danielle Killmer. Danielle graduated from Arizona State University with degrees in early childhood and elementary education. She received a NJ certification in K-5 Elementary Education. She is currently pursuing a Master degree in early education at New Jersey City University. Danielle taught second grade for five years in the Bayonne School District and now teaches fourth-grade literacy in that same district. Danielle has been a summer teacher at Neighborhood Lit. since 2011.
Ann Hillyer. Ann holds a BS in Education from Monmouth University. Her focus, experience, and belief in multi-sensory learning suits the Neighborhood Lit. philosophy. Ann developed an ACE program (Alternative Classroom Environment) for challenged youngsters in elementary school and taught Early Childhood Education courses at South Piedmont College in NC. She has been a Neighborhood Lit. teacher since early 2018.
April Ratkoski. M.Ed. April graduated from The University of Delaware receiving a NJ certification in Elementary Education and then went on to receive her Master of Arts in Teaching from Monmouth College. She taught for eight years in Marlboro Township teaching first and second grades. April tutored homeless children in Monmouth County NJ and currently acts as a volunteer for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. She has been a Neighborhood Lit. teacher since the summer of 2007.