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elevatEd Classrooms™ is breaking the cookie-cutter approach to Professional Development for today’s Educator – taking them from “surviving to thriving.” We emphasize a collaborative support approach for Teachers & Students through trauma-informed practices in SEL (social-emotional learning) and STEM (science, technology, engineering & math).

Our Mission

To empower educators with ongoing support to elevate classrooms from “surviving to thriving”.

Our Vision

A future of learning where all students have access to high-quality educators, teacher voice is valued, and the Whole Educational Community thrives.




Schools don't exist in a vacuum. Listening to school, teacher and community needs, we use our expert knowledge of education policy to craft creative solutions for our clients.

We believe each school’s policies should be informed first and foremost by the needs of the local community. In our eyes, students and teachers, not national standards and vanity metrics, come first.

What's so different about us

We at elevatEd Classrooms know that every school is different and is surrounded by a community with varying needs. We work directly with the Whole Educational Community to find creative solutions for your specific school.

We say no to cookie-cutter solutions. We say no to “expert” lectures that don’t provide actionable solutions. We say no to addressing only metrics without addressing underlying issues. Your school deserves someone that truly cares. Your school deserves elevatEd Classrooms.

By Teachers for Teachers

Jaclyn Sarnese, MSEd

Founder & CEO, elevatEd Classrooms

Jaclyn Sarnese has almost a decade of experience working in education. She started her career as a biology teacher in New Jersey, developing a biomedical sciences magnet program within her first few years. Jaclyn pursued an M.S. Ed in education policy from the University of Pennsylvania, which has fueled her drive to advocate for increased support for teachers through policy and high-quality professional learning.

Jaclyn founded elevatEd Classrooms because she saw a disconnect between national policies and local agendas. Having been a teacher, she knows how the pressure to teach to standards can hurt teacher effectiveness and affect student outcomes. She’s determined to help schools reimagine their policies to boost teacher effectiveness and happiness while meeting and surpassing national standards.

Teachers are the most important aspect of school, yet they are often overworked and under-supported with the ongoing professional learning needed to empower their confidence, competence, and continued growth.

Jaclyn Sarnese, MSEd

Founder & CEO, elevatEd Classrooms

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Paula Blanco, MAT

Paula Blanco is currently a bilingual  kindergarten teacher at a dual-immersion school. Paula first received a bachelor’s degree in foreign language teaching and in infant education. Paula found her passion teaching and went back for a MAT Spanish (teaching Spanish as a second language).  After her education, Paula moved from Spain to the United States. Ms. Blanco is an experienced teacher with 9+ years of classroom experience.

Amiee Masters Altman, MsEd

Aimee Masters Altman is currently a middle school language arts teacher in southern New Jersey.  As a teacher with over 13 years experience, she has worked as a Kindergarten-6th grade Library-Media Specialist, a 3rd grade inclusion teacher, as well as a middle school language arts teacher.  Mrs. Altman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Sociology with a concentration in health and medicine and a minor in Women’s Studies.  During her time at UPenn, she found her passion for teaching while working the Extended School Year program for students with special needs.  She then went on to earn her Master’s degree in Education in Reading/Writing/Literacy with a certification as a Reading Specialist from the University of Pennsylvania School of Education.  She continued her education for a Library-Media Specialist certification at Rutgers University.  Mrs. Altman has sat on many committees to analyze, select, and write curriculum.

Korey Sewell, PhD

Dr. Korey Sewell , founder of Hands-On Technology Education, is a professional engineer and educator specializing in Computer Science & Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan (2012) and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Riverside (2004). His professional background consists of work at places such as Intel, Apple, Qualcomm and MIPS Technologies with interests in Microprocessors, CPU Workloads, and Simulation Methodology. As an educator, Dr. Sewell aspires for Hands-On Technology to continue to fulfill its mission of empowering the K-12 demographic with innovative, practical, and affordable technology-based activities (summer camps, workshops, and after-school programs).

Jacqueline Masters, EDS, MA

Jacqueline received her Ed.S and M.A. degree in School Psychology from Rowan University and her B.S. degree in Psychology from Drexel University. She is currently certified in New Jersey and practices full time in the public school system. She has been working with the elementary and middle school students for 6+ years. She works to consult and collaborate with teachers, parents, and students to maximize their education and social experience. Additionally she completes cognitive and behavioral assessments as part of the Special Education process. She specializes in educating students, teachers, and parents on a variety of disorders such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, Autism, Specific Learning Disabilities, as well mood disorders and various developmental disorders.