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Jessica Franco-Zarian

Jessica Franco-Zarian graduated from St. John's University with a M.S. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Childhood Education. She went on to earn a Doctorate in School Leadership and Administration, successfully defending her dissertation on Dual Language and ESL education in New York. She started her career in an elementary school as a kindergarten teacher and then became the school-wide data specialist tasked with collecting and analyzing student work to determine gaps in both curriculum and instruction. Jessica went on to use her knowledge of data analysis and educating diverse student populations in her role as an Assistant Principal. In her current position as Assistant Professor in the Master’s of Education program at Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY), she uses her unique experiences to help prepare the next generation of educators for the challenges of education.