Teacher Recruitment

And Training

Who We Are

Teacher Recruiting and Training is dedicated to advancing, training, and recruiting STEM teachers within New Jersey schools.

Educator Appreciation Campaign

With everything going on, the TR&T group decided that now more than ever it is important to show educators how appreciated they are. The group launched the #NJEDHelpers Project. From November 23rd to December 23rd, sign our pledge and commit to do something kind for an educator. 

Some examples include:

Key Results


  1. To increase the number of qualified teachers teaching in a STEM-related subject matter in New Jersey.
  2. To increase the number of, and participation in, quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics and STEM professional development opportunities.
  3. To increase the number of partnership opportunities to develop a stem pipeline for students and teachers.

Key Results

  • Leverage efforts of NJDOE to adopt STEM teacher certification programs and opportunities for university students, STEM professionals looking or change careers, and military veterans to enter the teaching field.
  • Develop a public relations campaign to recruit high school students to consider a career as a teacher in a STEM-related subject.
  • Develop a toolkit of PD and coaching for P-12 teachers.
  • 4.An online directory of STEM PD, coaching, and residences to raise awareness of launched  P-16 and informal educators pathways to STEM careers and teaching opportunities.
  • Increase the number of partnerships with school districts/ecosystems/businesses/universities/organizations to provide STEM PD and STEM experiences for our ecosystems and STEM leaders in the field.
  • Increase awareness of STEM opportunities at NJDOE and NJSPN along with US opportunities, grants, funding, and professional development opportunities within the ecosystems, universities, organizations, and business internships.

Spotlight Training for the Month

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Professional Organizations

Get involved with STEM

Instructional Resources

Grade Level Content

Upcoming Training Events

Check out our NJ STEM Month Webinars on our Calendar of Events

Teacher Recruitment and Training Virtual Meeting, TBD

Contact us if you have any questions or click Join at the top right.

Upcoming NJSPN Events

Click here to view the upcoming NJSPN events

To submit an event to be posted on the NJSPN Events Calendar, please click here.



Check out the great STEM Month Events across the State and be sure to Tweet with #NJSTEMMonth!


Our Services

Contact us for more information for training and recruitment needs.
Patricia Smeyers 
Priority Group Chair

New Jersey STEM Pathways Network

Maria Agapito

President of NJ Science Academy

Dr. Agapito considers herself to be both a scientist and an educator at heart. She received a B.S. in biology with a minor in chemistry and a M.S. in biology with a concentration in molecular biology from Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, NJ. In 2013, she completed her doctoral training in neuroscience at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. After her PhD, she was accepted to the national institute of health IRACDA/INSPIRE Postdoctoral program. Dr.Agapito joined the pathology and laboratory medicine department at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and conducted research in the areas of developmental biology, neurology and ethanol toxicology using C. elegans as an animal model system. Dr. Agapito has published in various peer-reviewed journal articles, presented at various national conferences, obtained prestigious fellowships. She is currently the president of the NJ Academy of Science, serves as Rutgers RUYES teaching fellow and Assistant Professor of Biology at Bard HS Early College – Newark, NJ. Since 2011, Dr. Agapito has served Kean University as adjunct professor in the School of Natural Sciences. Dr. Agapito’s long-term goal is to change the face of America by enhancing curiosity, educating, and mentoring students to enter STEM related fields. In this way, we can create a diverse population of role models for the next generations to come.

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Ralph Losanno is the Supervisor of Technology for the Flemington-Raritan Regional School District in Flemington, New Jersey and is the Co-Lead of the HSMC (Hunterdon, Somerset, Mercer Counties) STEM Ecosystem. Prior to his work in the Flemington-Raritan Regional School District, Mr. Losanno was honored to be a classroom teacher with over 15 years of experience. As an elementary classroom teacher, Mr. Losanno volunteered, led, and inspired both within his own district as well as across the nation. As one of the founding members of the National Geographic Education Steering Committee, a featured speaker at the Global Google for Education Summit in New York City, a STEM technology trainer, and a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, Mr. Losanno is uniquely situated to use his personal knowledge and experiences to influence and advocate for those underrepresented populations whose voices are sometimes overlooked. As an educational leader, Mr. Losanno continues to live and serve as a passionate advocate for access, inclusion, and visibility in STEM. He looks forward to the day when all students have the opportunity to envision themselves situated confidently within the STEM community.
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