Jackie Sicari Frangis entered the education profession after ten successful years in private business. As a scholarship recipient from Fordham University, Jackie earned a Master’s in Elementary Education in 1996 and began teaching early childhood grades for eight years at a progressive K-8 school in northern New Jersey.
Her thirst for learning had not been quenched and soon after she completed Master’s degree in Leadership and Supervision from Fordham University.
Jackie has garnered recognition in the area of Excellence in Educational Leadership from NJPSA in 2005 where she was awarded a Golden Lamp Award. The work that she conducted with researcher and assessment guru Dr. Dylan Wiliam from the UK, on formative assessment positioned her to facilitate workshops on trending topics such as student led conference, quality questioning techniques for teachers and formative assessment for the FEA- Foundation Education Association in New Jersey.
For the next nine years, Jackie Frangis led schools in educational reform as principal. From increasing levels of student achievement, to providing differentiated professional learning for her faculty, and building partnerships with school and family to support student learning, she stepped in fully as instructional leader.
Over the years, Ms. Frangis has presented at the NJPSA/FEA annual state conference on a host of topics including Formative Assessment, Administrator as Instructional Leader, Instructional Rounds-A Collaborative Protocol and Close Reading Strategies. The overwhelming positive feedback received from these workshops have led to subsequent workshops for districts around the state.
In 2012, Jackie Sicari Frangis was recognized as having the “Most Improved School” on the 2012 NJASK test for her school in Bergenfield. Again, this achievement led her to work with other principals and assistant principals through mentoring programs, such as the NJ Leader to Leader program. She has also been selected to be on the planning team of the New Jersey Leadership Academy. The NJEXCEL program brought Jackie on board in 2009 as an instructor for aspiring administrators.
On the University level, Jackie has assumed roles of Professor-In-Residence with William Paterson University. In this post, she works with teachers and educational leaders to improve teaching and learning through a coaching model that she has developed.
Most recently, Jackie has been invited to join the Montclair University Graduate School of Educational Leadership team of professors to teach and facilitate a graduate course for aspiring administrators.
In 2016, Jackie launched Educational Leadership Academy, a professional development company. Jackie believes in honoring and supporting educators to be the best versions of themselves with the highest quality of professional learning services and products. “Elevate Educators Everyday” is her goal and her purpose on this next leg of her journey in life.
Jackie’s pastimes include travelling with her twin sons, Luke and Gabriel, outdoor cycling, practicing yoga, paddle boarding, meditation and taking long walks. Entertaining her dear friends and family also brings her joy and comfort.
Accreditation and Credentials
Bachelors of Arts – Major : Italian Minor Economics 1985
Masters of Science – Elementary Education 1996
Masters of Science – Educational Leadership 2000
United Federation of Coaching- Professional coach certification – 2015
Columbia University- Teachers College- Trained in Reading and Writing workshop
New York Principal certification and license SAS 2014
New York Teacher certification 1995
New Jersey Principal Certification and license 2005
New Jersey Teaching Certificate 1996