The New Jersey Education Association is proud of the work our members do to make our public schools, and our communities, stronger for every child. That’s why the NJEA is a proud sponsor of the Teachers Who Make Magic Class of 2024 and is presenting the Community Spotlight Award.

The Community Spotlight Award recognizes outstanding Central Jersey Teachers, who shine in the classrooms, and in serving their communities.

NJEA is Proud to present the 2024 Community Spotlight Award to:


Art Teacher
Nominated by: Paul Curto – School Social Worker at Iselin Middle School

Vivian Acuna-Francisco is this year’s NJEA Community Service Spotlight recipient! She’s an Art Teacher at John F. Kennedy Memorial High School in Iselin and has been working in her chosen profession for over 10 years!

She runs the art club where students can create their own designs that are showcased throughout the school and in Woodbridge Township, she’s the director of “Senior Play Sales” and her role is not only to help students sell tickets, but the creation of sets used on stage, and Vivian is the co-chair of the “Excuse the Interruption” YouTube series where students get to discuss news and events happening at the school.

She not only participates in extracurricular activities within the school but outside as well.  For example, Vivian owns “The Francisco Family Farm” and has allowed children to visit and be surrounded by animals and how to care for them.  She also participates in an organization called VIA PAL which is a non-profit that helps cancer warriors, and their families raise money through events like charity Bike Rides, blood drives and cultural festivals.

Vivian is compassionate, ambitious, and cheerful. Ask any student or fellow teacher, and they’ll tell you she makes learning fun and memorable.  We are happy to welcome Vivian Acuna-Francisco to the “2024 Class of Teachers Who Make Magic!”


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