Call us today! FEA will work with you to develop and provide a customized, professional learning plan for your school or district, including recommended strategies to address your most pressing needs:

  • Chronic Absenteeism
  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • Climate and Culture
  • Curriculum Development
  • Human Resources
  • Teacher Leadership
  • Arts Integration
  • PLCs
  • Legal Issues
  • School Safety
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Social Media
  • Progressive Supervision
  • So Many More

For a FREE initial consultation, call or email Donna McInerney at 609-860-1200 or


FEA’s Professional Learning by Design Team

FEA has an extensive team of experts who are ready to help you and develop your customized Professional Learning Plan. Here are just a few of the many professionals you can contact for assistance:


Emil Carafa, Coordinator of Professional Learning


Areas of Expertise: Curriculum, learning standards, climate and culture

Experience: Principal, President of NJPSA, Nominating Committee for NAESP, Member of Educator Leaders’ Cadre for the State of New Jersey, 2015 NJPSA Visionary Leader of the Year (Elementary Level Principal). Adjunct professor of Felician University.


Mary Beth Currie, Associate Director of Special Projects


Areas of Expertise: Literacy instruction, programs for those on the autism spectrum

Experience: Reading Specialist, Principal, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Fulbright Scholar


Vicki Duff, Coordinator of Professional Learning


Areas of Expertise: Effective professional learning and strategic planning

Experience: Chair of the Learning Forward Foundation, classroom practitioner at the elementary level, Coordinator of Mentoring and Induction, chair of the New Jersey Professional Teaching Standards Board


Barbara Gantwerk, Coordinator of Special Projects


Areas of Expertise: Special Education

Experience: Nearly 40 years in the NJ Department of Education, including 11 years as state director of the Office of Special Education and then Assistant Commissioner for Student Services


Sandra Jacques, Esq., Supervisor of Legal Research and Content Development for LEGAL ONE


Areas of Expertise: School law

Experience: Adjunct professor of Ramapo College and NJEXCEL. Member NJ Department of Education Human Trafficking Collaborative, and served as moderator for three “Human Trafficking in Your Schools” symposiums. Insurance defense attorney in NJ and PA, representing public school districts in civil litigation matters.


Donna McInerney, Ed.D., Chief Executive Officer of FEA


Areas of Expertise: Connected Action Roadmap (CAR), research-based instructional strategies, classroom management techniques, differentiated instruction, curriculum integration, cooperative learning, teacher evaluation, instructional leadership, and coherent frameworks.

Experience: Adjunct professor at TCNJ and Rider University. Professional learning instructor on a multitude of topics. Supervisor and high school teacher leader.


David Nash, Esq., Director of Legal Education at FEA and Director of LEGAL ONE


Areas of Expertise: School law

Experience: Legal counsel and assistant director of government relations at NJPSA. Adjunct professor at Rutgers University, NJCU and Ramapo College.



Mary Reece, Ed.D., Director of Special Projects


Areas of Expertise: Arts education, after school/extended learning, mentoring, special education, environmental sustainability

Experience: Principal, assistant principal, and supervisor. Adjunct professor at Rutgers University.



Pat Wright, Executive Director of NJPSA


Areas of Expertise: Connected Action Roadmap (CAR), PLCs, anti-bullying, climate and culture

Experience: Teacher, reading specialist, assistant principal, principal, superintendent, member of the NJ Professional Development Advisory Committee, chair of the NJ Anti-Bullying Task Force, co-author of the NJ Bar Foundation’s Anti-Bullying Curriculum, and developer of the Connected Action Roadmap (CAR).


Not sure where to start? Contact FEA’s CEO Donna McInernery at 609-860-1200 or


FEA is Your Professional Learning Partner for:

  • Providing customized, in-district professional learning
  • Delivering mandated professional learning on legal issues
  • Coaching for your administrators and teacher leaders
  • Empowering teachers to take on leadership roles
  • Supporting current leaders and maximizing their abilities
  • Analyzing data and developing a long-term plan
  • Reviewing your district policies
  • Developing a leadership pipeline for the future
  • Creating a climate and culture where students learn and thrive