Academy for Education & Learning

Academy Teacher

Phone: 973-627-4600 ext. 406

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Elementary Education English-Secondary Education (6-12), B.A. Special Education, M.A.T. Educational Leadership, M.A. Currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education

Jennifer Skomial

Mrs. Skomial was once a high school student in the Academy for Education and Learning (formerly called the "Child-Related Careers" program). Upon graduation, she earned her Bachelor's Degree in English-Secondary Education and began her career teaching Language Arts at a middle school in East Orange. Following this, Mrs. Skomial taught English for five years at Morris County School of Technology.  For the past nine years, she has been the teacher of the Academy for Education and Learning.

Mrs. Skomial went on to earn her Master of Arts in Teaching (Special Education) from New Jersey City University in 2013 and a second Master of Arts (Educational Leadership) from Montclair State University in 2021. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education.

During the 2016-2017 school year, Mrs. Skomial was selected as the Educator of the Year at Morris County School of Technology. In 2018, Mrs. Skomial was chosen as the Morris County Teacher of the Year and then the 2019 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year. During a sabbatical from teaching, she worked for the New Jersey Department of Education and was a spokesperson for educators across the state and country. 

Mrs. Skomial finds great joy in inspiring other future educators to follow this career path. If working with children is in your future, then so is the Academy for Education and Learning!

Career Field - Education & Learning

  • Career Pathways in Education & Learning (including, but not limited to):

    Teaching and Training: Preschool, Kindergarten Teachers, Aides •Elementary Teachers, Aides •Secondary/CTE Teachers, Aides •Special Education Teachers, Aides •College/University Lecturers, Professors Human Resource Trainers Physical Trainers Professional Coaches •Preschool & Child Care Program Directors •Child Care Assistants/Workers •Child Life Specialist •Nanny •Early Childhood Teachers and Assistants • Instructional Systems Specialist Corporate Trainers and Educators Adult Literacy Teachers Librarians/Assistants/ Technicians

    Professional Support Services: •Psychologists- Clinical, Developmental, Social •Social Workers •Parent Educators •Counselors •Program Advisors •Financial Aid Advisors •Career Counselors/ Advisors •Career and Employment Placement Counselors •Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists •Instructional Resources Coordinator •Technology Support Administrator Database Administrators/AV Specialists •Distance Education Coordinator Human Resources Manager Organization Development Specialist Training Manager/Coordinator Instructional Coordinators Museum Coordinators/Technicians Media Coordinators/Specialists Instructional Media Designer

    Administration and Administrative Support: Elementary and Secondary Superintendents, Principals, Administrators •Supervisors and Instructional Coordinators •Education Researchers, Test Measurement Specialists/ Assessment Specialists •College Presidents, Deans, Department Chairs, Program Coordinators Post-Secondary Administrators •Curriculum Developers •Instructional Media Designers Education and Training Technician Labor Relations Managers/Specialists

     Seniors in the Academy for Education & Learning have completed internships with (including, but not limited to):

    Celebrate the Children Lincoln Elementary School
      P.G. Chambers
    Copeland Middle School Riverview Elementary School
      Thomas Jefferson Middle School
    Gottesman Academy Unity Charter School
      Valleyview Middle School
    Lake Drive School for the Deaf Woodmont Elementary School
    Lakeview Elementary School  

Academy Course of Study

  • 9th Grade

    Academy: Introduction to the Field of Education

    Students will start their experience at the Morris County School of Technology with an introduction to the field of education.  They will investigate potential careers in education by researching different professions that work directly with children. Students will explore the overall characteristics of functioning in a professional environment, the process by which one becomes a professional educator, and the educational requirements needed to do so. In addition, students in this program will explore the qualities of effective educators. This includes identifying personal strengths and weaknesses and working toward improving oneself to be able to participate in a professional educational setting.  Furthermore, students will be introduced to the standards associated with instruction in the state of New Jersey. Students will learn the role of standards in basic requirements, such as daily lesson planning, and complex tasks, such as curriculum writing. Students will engage in various teaching strategies that promote student-centered learning. Students will put these newly learned skills to use by planning developmental activities for Pre-K students across a realm of subject areas, including literacy, math, science, and the arts.  

    Core Courses:

    • English 9
    • Algebra I, Geometry or Algebra II
    • Biology
    • Health and Physical Education 9
    • World History
    • World Language
    • Financial Literacy

     

    NOTE: Financial Literacy is a 2.5 credit graduation requirement that is taken along with Academy courses throughout 9th, 10th, and 11th grade.


    10th Grade

    Academy: Childhood Development and the Learning Process

    During sophomore year,  students will focus on childhood development and the learning process. It begins with an in-depth study of the development of children from ages three through eighteen. All aspects of human development are studied, including the physical, emotional, intellectual, social, emotional, moral, and language milestones for each level of schooling (early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school). The development of children and its impact on the learning process will be closely analyzed through observations of the children in the on-site learning center. In addition, students will explore barriers to learning, such as medical conditions, substance abuse, loss of a family member, and bullying. One of the most engaging units of the sophomore year is studying diverse learners. This unit concludes with a mock IEP meeting where each student plays a role at the meeting. Furthermore, the course will introduce students to the guidance and discipline of elementary through high school students. Finally, students will enhance their lesson planning knowledge by developing lessons for elementary through high school levels. 

    Core Courses:

    • English 10*
    • Geometry*, Algebra II* or Pre-Calculus*
    • Chemistry*
    • Health and Physical Education 10
    • US History I*
    • World Language
    • VPA Elective

    *Honors courses available and determined by grades and teacher recommendation

     


    11th Grade

    Academy:  Advanced Topics in Education

    Junior year explores the relationship between schools and society, especially when it comes to the impact they have on each other. Students will further investigate curriculum planning and instructional strategies. Additionally, students will participate in field experiences at local elementary and middle schools on a regular basis. Students have the option to earn college credits through Seton Hall University and Rider University.

    Core Courses:

    • English 11*
    • Algebra II*, Pre-Calculus*, Calculus
    • Physics*
    • Health and Physical Education 10
    • US History II*
    • World Language
    • Elective

    *Honors courses available and determined by grades and teacher recommendation

     


    12th Grade at MCST

     

    Work-Based Learning Experience (Graduation Requirement):

    • All Seniors must complete 120 hours of an approved internship in their respective career field.

    Core Courses: 

    • English 12* (required)
    • Health and Physical Education 12 (required)
    • Calculus, Statistics, Foundations of College Math
    • Environmental Science, Anatomy and Physiology I
    • World Language*

    *Honors courses available and determined by grades and teacher recommendation

    NOTE: Financial Literacy is a 2.5 credit graduation requirement that is taken along with Academy courses throughout 9th, 10th, and 11th grade. This course is transcripted senior year, after the successful completion of the learning activities in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade. If a senior has not successfully completed the financial literacy requirement, the course will be taken in 12th grade.

     


    12th Grade at County College of Morris, Montclair State University, Centenary University

    Eligible Seniors may complete their Senior coursework in full or in part at one of our college partners. See School Counseling Department for more information.

    Required Courses:

    FALL

    • English Composition I (ENG111)
    • Lifetime Wellness (HED128) or PE (labeled HES)
    • Academy Course (1)- may vary

    CDC 110 Early Childhood Development
    PSY 113 General Psychology
    PSY 213 Child Psychology
    PSY 116 Psych & Ed of Disabled
    COM 104 Interpersonal Communications
    COM 109 Speech Fundamentals
    CMP126 Computer Applications (all but CIS students)
    CMP128 Computer Science 1 (all but CIS students)
    BUS 112 Introduction to Business (all but FIB students)
    ACC 110 Elements of Accounting (all but FIB students)

    SPRING

    • English Composition II (ENG112)
    • PE or Lifetime Wellness (whichever was not taken in the Fall)
    • Academy Course (1) (see above list)

    *See Guidance (School Counseling) Department for additional information on CCM courses