Faculty

Program Director | Roberto Luciano

Roberto Luciano joined the Esperanza College team in July 2007 and now serves as the director of the Early Childhood Education (ECE) concentration and the Middle Level Education Program.

Roberto spent the last twelve years working as a school readiness coach for a company providing training services in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  Roberto’s professional experience includes serving as a head start teacher, Pre-K coordinator, center director and adjunct instructor at Broward Community College and Jose Maria Vargas University. 

Roberto graduated with a degree in Psychology from Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and holds a Masters of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Nova Southeastern University.  He was attracted to Esperanza College of Eastern University because, as a member of the faculty, he is able to combine the subject of early childhood education with the spiritual component that is needed in this society. 

He is able to find many treasures hidden within this city.  Every semester allows him the privilege of discovering the potential in every student who comes into the early childhood education program.  His goal is to develop educators who will obtain the knowledge necessary to perform in the classroom and serve with a heart for the children and families in this community.

Courses Taught:
EDUC 250 | Field Experience
EDUC 328 | Early Childhood Education: Principles and Procedures
EDUC 400 | Literacy Foundations for Primary Grades

 

Ryan Babich

ESL Program Cert., LaSalle University
M.S., Educational Administration and Supervision, Baruch College, New York, NY
M.S., Elementary Education, College of Staten Island, Staten Island, NY
B.A., Child Study, St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn, NY

A native of Brooklyn, NY, Ryan Babich has been a child educator for 20 years. He has worked as a summer camp administrator for 15 summers, 6 of which he served as Camp Director for a program for children with Special Needs. Professor Babich has taught at Esperanza since 2011 in both the English and Early Childhood Education Departments. Prior to teaching at Esperanza College, Professor Babich instructed adult English Language Learners at DPT Business School.

Professor Babich believes that Esperanza has a wonderful cohort model, encouraging students to collaborate and support each other. He values Esperanza’s smaller class sizes, which grant the professor and students more time to communicate. He also finds that the overall small college setting provides opportunities for students to be guided and supported by their professors.

Courses taught: 
ENGL 101 | Introduction to Academic English
EDUC 400 | Early Literacy Foundations in the Primary Grades
EDUC 205 | Child Development 
EDUC 328 | ECE Principles and Procedures
EDUC 329 | Curriculum and Assessment
EDUC 382 | Methods of Classroom Management

Valerie Quackenbush

Valerie Quackenbush has been with Esperanza since 2004 and teaches College Writing and Introduction to Special Education. She has over twenty-five years of teaching experience in ESL/Bilingual, Special Education, Alternative Education and Spanish. She strives to create a nurturing and challenging environment for her students which will support them as they pursue their educational and professional goals.

Courses Taught: 
CSCI 110 | Computer Literacy
ENGL 101 | Introduction to Academic English
ENGL 102 | College Writing
EDUC 201 | Introduction to Special Education