Welcome to the Franklin Lakes Education Association (FLEA) website.
The Association is here to inform and assist all members regarding issues that may arise locally as well as nationally. Please explore our website as it offers valuable timely information about professional development resources, legislative issues at the state and national levels, PRIDE events and activities, and membership benefits.
Congratulations to the Franklin Lakes Public Schools’ Teachers of the Year! Have a look at our very special members who were recently given this honor.
Tara Rogic (High Mountain Road), Darlene Marte (Franklin Avenue Middle School), Marissa Lindenthaler (Colonial Road), Meagan Yorio (Woodside Avenue)
Thank You to all of the local vendors who donated their time and prizes for the FLEA Spring Social! It was a great success!
Franklin Lakes Pizza
Nails Plus and Skin Care
Positano Restaurant & Pizzeria
Zorba Greek Restaurant
Vitalife Beauty Supply Store
Il Sogno Pizza & Restaurant
Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa
Mahwah Bar & Grill
Thomas Vranesich, FAMS Media Specialist, Receives Fulbright Award
Mr. Thomas Vranesich, a teacher at Franklin Avenue Middle School in Franklin Lakes, NJ, has been awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching grant to the Netherlands by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Mr. Vranesich is one of approximately 45 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program in 2016-2017. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the United States government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and/or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.
Known as “Mr. V.” to his students, Mr. Vranesich has been a teacher in Franklin Lakes for 12 years. He has been an elementary library media specialist, a 4th grade teacher, and for the last five years a library media specialist at Franklin Avenue Middle School (FAMS). Mr. Vranesich currently works with FAMS students and teachers to help to access information in a wide variety of formats and fosters the integration of literature into instruction.
In the Netherlands, Mr. Vranesich will spend six months researching media literacy. He will take graduate courses, collaborate and teach in local schools, and attend international workshops and conferences. His aim is to develop a cutting-edge curriculum of lessons to bring back to his students and share with his colleagues in Franklin Lakes.
“Before the Internet, the research skills children needed were how to find information. Now, the difficulty is information overload. We need to teach our students to evaluate, to think critically, and to determine bias,” Vranesich explains. “Media – especially visual media – has taken over our students’ lives. No longer do students Google for information, they YouTube.”
“The Board of Education and the administrators of Franklin Lakes have all been tremendously supportive in this and in all my endeavors. I am truly thankful,” says Mr. Vranesich.
“Mr. Vranesich’s rapport with students and colleagues, and his love for teaching, make him an ideal candidate for this award. He brings a depth of knowledge to his field,” states Sharon Milano, President of the Franklin Lakes Education Association.
Mr. Vranesich is the treasurer of the Bergen-Passaic Association of School Librarians, a member of the NJ Association of School Librarians, treasurer of the Franklin Lakes Education Association, and a member of the Writers’s Guild of America. He received the Governor’s Teacher of the Year Award in 2007.
Prior to teaching, Mr. Vranesich worked in Hollywood as a production coordinator and a screenwriter.
The FLEA PRIDE committee is sponsoring a visit from the Optical Academy that is open to all members of the community!
On Thursday, March 24, 2016, come out for an eye exam and purchase glasses, sunglasses, contacts or accessories, all in one convenient location in town.
Location: Franklin Avenue Middle School
755 Franklin Avenue
Franklin Lakes, NJ, 07417
All exams must be scheduled in advance. Visit https://www.optical-academy.com/events/franklin-lakes-education-association/ to register. Once all of your information has been submitted, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to your e-mail address.
Please click here to see the Flyer for the Optical Academy at Franklin Avenue Middle School
Please click here to see the consent form that you and your family must fill out to be seen by the opticians