Yasmin E. Hernández-Manno is Director of Education Compliance at Porzio Compliance Services, LLC. She has over 31 years of experience as a multicultural educator in New Jersey. Prior to joining PorzioCS, Yasmin is the founding president of the New Jersey Association for Latino Administrators and Superintendents. Most recently, she served as the Executive County Superintendent of Schools in Mercer, Burlington, and Middlesex Counties. She was the only Hispanic female serving in this capacity for the New Jersey Department of Education. During her tenure, Yasmin evaluated school systems using the NJ QSAC review of Governance, Fiscal, Operations, Personnel, Curriculum, and Instruction and approved all public school budgets, school district administrator’s contracts, transportation contracts, and teaching certifications.
Yasmin developed the Mercer & Middlesex Counties Multilingual Consortium Councils, the Mercer County Curriculum Council, and the Mercer County Women in Leadership Council. With a focus on the social and emotional well-being of the school communities, she created partnerships with Mercer County Mental Health Division. In 2021, she helped to open the Newcomer SLIFE Academy at the Mercer County Technical School, the first New Jersey academy dedicated to at-risk multilingual and multicultural learners with limited and interrupted formal education providing equity and excellence for students.
Before joining the NJDOE, Yasmin was an urban educator for twenty-three years in the largest urban school district in New Jersey, the Newark Public Schools. She has also worked many years as an educational consultant on a state and national level.
Yasmin earned her undergraduate bachelor’s degree in Spanish Literature and Certification in Education from Rutgers University and her master’s in Urban Education from Jersey City State University with District Administration Certification. She attended summer institutes at the Universities of Salamanca, Spain, and Mayagüez and San Germán, Puerto Rico, where she took courses for teachers of foreign language students. She has attended the SUPES National Academy for Leadership, Harvard & Princeton Leadership Institutes, and the advanced leadership certification program, NJEXCEL. Yasmin holds certifications as School Administrator, Principal, Supervisor, ESL Teacher, Bilingual/Bicultural Teacher, Spanish Teacher, and K-8 Elementary Teacher.
She is a frequent lecturer on equity and excellence, curriculum and instruction, Bilingual/ESL education, and social and emotional learning. She has received numerous awards, including the 2020 NJTESOL/NJBE President’s Award, the 2021 Trailblazer Award from the Lawrenceville School District, and in 2010 the first NJDOE Bilingual/ESL Model Program of Excellence Award in the Newark Public Schools.