Coordinator of World Languages, Syosset Central School District
David Balsamo is World Language Coordinator in Syosset Central School District on Long Island where he leads a K-12 department of about 50 teachers. Recent accomplishments in this role include implementing integrated performance assessment in middle and high school courses, adding Chinese and Korean as grade 6-12 articulated languages, adoption of AAPPL testing in grades 8, 10 & 12 in all languages, and the development of a new curriculum aligned with the revised NYS World Language Learning Standards. In Syosset currently the middle school program features five languages, while the high school program boasts nine language offerings. A former Spanish teacher, Dr. Balsamo is a graduate of Hofstra University (BA cum laude), Saint Louis University Madrid Campus (MA in Spanish) and St. John’s University (Ed. D). His doctoral research centered on ways school administrators foster world language teacher quality.
David’s previous leadership in our field includes serving as Secretary on the executive board of FLACS (2006-2012). His presentations at state and local conferences promote professional development in language teaching methodology, assessment, and curriculum development. Additionally David serves as a member of the New York State Seal of Biliteracy Task Force. At his core David believes in the power world language teachers have to not only increase learners’ communicative skills, but also to instill in our next generation the intercultural understanding and empathy necessary to bring peace, dignity, and social justice to communities near and far.
Director of World Languages, English as a New Language, and Library Media Specialist for the Smithtown Central School District
Vincenza Graham currently serves as the Director of World Languages, English as a New Language, and Library Media Specialist for the Smithtown Central School District. She graduated from Long Island University/C.W. Post with a B.A. in Italian, earned an M.A. in Spanish Education and the Advanced Certificate in School Administration and Supervision from Queens College. She has spent over fifteen years teaching Italian and Spanish and has supervised teachers for over 11 years. She was a member of the FLACS Executive Board as the Asst to the First Vice President in 2016-17 and helped manage all communication with individual districts regarding FLACS membership and the consortium. Ms. Vincenza Graham is a member of FLACS, LILT, ACTFL and ASCD.
District Chairperson for World Languages and ENL, Northport-East Northport UFSD
Jennifer Nesfield graduated from Bethany College with a B.A. in French, earned an M.A. in French Language and Literature from Middlebury College, and received her Professional Diploma in School Leadership and Administration from LIU. Prior to coming to Northport in July 2008, she served as a LOTE Chairperson in the Bellmore-Merrick CHSD. Ms. Nesfield has taught all levels of French during the course of her career. Over the past 22 years she has offered numerous professional development workshops for local, state, and regional organizations.
Her professional memberships include NYSAFLT, AATF, LILT, ASCD, NECTFL, and ACTFL.
Director of Bilingual Programs and World Languages, Huntington UFSD
Judy Goris Moroff is a Director of Bilingual Programs and World Languages in Huntington UFSD. Ms. Goris-Moroff has years of experience in Multilingual Education, including her service as an EL teacher, bilingual classroom teacher, Spanish teacher, and Bilingual Specialist at the LI-RBERN. In her current role in Huntington, Ms. Goris-Moroff serves and promotes the academic success of all language learners through professional development that builds teachers’ instructional and pedagogical content knowledge. Ms. Goris-Moroff is deeply passionate about equity and advocacy for multilingual learners and fights for access and inclusive opportunities for children and families.
Coordinator of World Languages, ENL and Student Activities, Manhasset Public Schools
Laurie Marshall-Lauria graduated from St. Lawrence University with a B.A. in Spanish, earned an M.A. in Peninsular Spanish Literature from New York University and an M.S. degree from the College of New Rochelle in School Administration and Supervision. She has spent over twenty-five years teaching Spanish and supervising teachers in Westchester, Rockland and Nassau Counties. Over these years, she has presented on a variety of topics at professional conferences and workshops. She serves on the Board of Directors of NYSAFLT, representing NYC and Long Island. Ms. Marshall-Lauria was a member of the FLACS Executive Board as the First Vice President in 2014-2015, and again in 2016-2017, primarily in charge of the FLACS exams. She is a member of NYSAWLA, AATSP, ACTFL, LILT, NYSAFLTand ASCD.
Director K-12 World Language and ENL, Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District
Leo Rivera graduated from Queens College with a BA in Italian, Spanish, and Secondary Education and Youth Service, and an MA in Italian. He earned his Post-Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership from Stony Brook, SUNY. He currently leads a department of 38 teachers spanning five languages and a growing body of ENL students. He serves his learning community by building trust and empathy with all stakeholders and providing the members of his department with quality professional development workshops throughout the year. Prior to his position at Plainview-Old Bethpage, Leo spent 13 years teaching all levels of Italian and Spanish at Baldwin Senior High School. His professional memberships include AATI, AATSP, AATF, CLASS, and ACTFL.
Director of TESOL Field Experience and Clinical Practice, Stony Brook University
Denise Hannaoui graduated from SUNY Stony Brook with a BA in Linguistics and an MA in TESOL. She also holds an MS in Instructional Technology from New York Institute of Technology. Denise has been in the field of education for 25 years, first as an ESL teacher in Lawrence Public Schools and then as an administrator as her interest in “the bigger picture” emerged. She has over 10 years of experience as a Director of English as a Second/New Language and World Languages and has recently retired from Connetquot Central School District. Denise is currently beginning a new career with Stony Brook University as their Director of Field Experience and Clinical Practice for TESOL student teachers.
To better serve you, please direct your questions to the appropriate individuals as outlined below. Thank you.
NYSAWLA Membership, payment, Purchase order questions, requests for W-9 forms  Judy Goris Moroff
Questions regarding the Consortium and the exams  Vincenza Graham
General questions about NYSAWLA, our meetings, and policies  Vincenza Graham or David Balsamo
Questions regarding our Annual Conference/Webinars  Jennifer Nesfield
Questions regarding scholarships and awards  Laurie Marshall-Lauria
All technical questions  Stacey Pritchett