Denise Burkhardt-Kulpa graduated with the distinction of Summa Cum Laude from Rutgers-Camden in in 1994, with a BA in Psychology and NJ certification in Elementary Education grades K-8. She obtained her NJ certification in Special Education for grades K-12 enrolled in an MA program at Rowan University in 1998, and she is currently pursuing an MA in Education with Reading Specialist certification at Holy Family University. Denise obtained her NJ certification as a Middle School English Teacher in 2012. She has been teaching in NJ public schools for 20 years, working with a wide variety of populations ranging from Gifted and Talented students to students with special needs in grades K-12. She currently teaches English Language Arts to 8th graders. In 2019, her students averaged a 20-point increase on the ELA portion on the NJ SLA (formerly PARCC) over the previous year.
Denise also provides after-school ELA instruction in a standardized test-prep program for 7th and 8th graders in need of targeted interventions. She has tutored students one-on-one and in small group settings since 1999. Denise is passionate about reading and loves sharing this with her students. Denise has been the advisor to her school’s 7th and 8th grade Battle of the Books team for the past 7 years. Battle of the Books is voluntary reading incentive program for students with the purpose of encouraging students to read and discuss a diverse selection of books. Students also enjoy engaging with peers from other schools in Camden County in an annual competition. Denise is the proud parent of two college-aged daughters. Emily is entering her senior year at Rutgers-Camden as an English major in the Honors College. Samantha is entering her freshman year as a nursing student in the Honors College at Holy Family University.