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, leader and consultant in New Jersey. Prior to joining PorzioCS, Yasmin is the founding president of the New Jersey Association for Latino Administrators and Superintendents, NJALAS in 2022 and the Vice President of the Non-Profit, Lift English Language Learners to Success, L.E.T.S. Most recently, she served as the Executive County Superintendent of Schools in Mercer, Middlesex, and Burlington Counties. She was the only Hispanic female serving in this capacity for the New Jersey Department of Education. During her tenure, Yasmin was responsible for overseeing over 50 public, charter and private school districts. She evaluated public school systems using the NJQSAC 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.
Yasmin served as a board of trustees’ member for the Mercer, Middlesex and Burlington County Community Colleges, a board member of the Mercer, Middlesex and Burlington Vocational & Technical Schools, and a board member for the Mercer, Middlesex, and Burlington County Special Services School Districts. She was a member of the New Jersey and Mercer County Council on Juvenile Justice System Improvement. She currently is a member of the Latina Civic Foundation and the NJ Women's Political Caucus.
Before joining the NJDOE, Yasmin was an urban educator for 23 years in the largest urban school district in New Jersey, the Newark Public Schools where she served as a teacher, staff developer and district level administrator. She created and supervised the Newark International Newcomer Student Center for multilingual SLIFE students. It was the recipient of the 2010 NJDOE Bilingual/ESL Model Program of Excellence. She also worked as an educational consultant on a state and national level for over ten years.
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 for her advocacy, dedication and contribution to Bilingual Education and multilingual learners in New Jersey, 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.
Recent Speaking Engagements
- "Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Belonging-Emerging Issues-ESL Students-New Regulations and SIFE," New Jersey School Boards Association, June 15, 2023
- "Porzio's 2023 School Safety Symposium," June 1, 2023