Welcome to Carl Sandburg's ESL!

    This website is a place to connect my classroom with students, parents, and community at large.  There are links to many resources for students to continue practicing their skills while they are away from school.  I will showcase many of our activities on my Twitter with the #SandburgESL hashtag.  Thank you for taking the time to check them out.

    If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please e-mail at nrivera@obps.org


    Mrs. N. Rivera


    As we prepare to enter the 2018-19 school year, please click on this link  for a glimpse of what happened in our classroom during the 2017-18 school year.

Mrs. Natasha Rincón de Rivera



Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Natasha Rincón de Rivera

I was born in Caracas, Venezuela.  My father was a surgeon and my mother a teacher. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher like her.  I have two brothers.  One is older than me and lives in Florida and one is younger and lives in Texas.  I graduated high school in Caracas and started attending the Universidad Central de Venezuela.

In 1987, I stopped going to school in Venezuela because I got married and moved to the United States with my husband who was serving in the United States Air Force.  We first lived in Panama City, Florida where my husband was stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base.  It was there where I attended my first English as a Second Language class and began going to college.  We moved to New York in 1990 and lived in Douglaston and Hicksville while we attended the State University of New York.  In December of 1992, I graduated with a Bachelor's in Science degree and got my teaching license.   I moved to New Jersey in 1993 and began my teaching career in North Brunswick at Judd Elementary School while I obtained my Master's of Education at Rutgers University. 

I have two daughters who were born and raised in Old Bridge.  Jessica was born in 1996, graduated from Old Bridge High School in 2014 and Lehigh University this past summer.  She is an industrial engineer, lives in Philadelphia, and works in Delaware.  Jennifer was born in 1999, graduated Old Bridge High School in 2017, and is part of the Class of 2021 at Seton Hall University.  When Jennifer was born, I stopped working to become a full-time mom.  I returned to work when Jennifer was in kindergarten and began my career with the Old Bridge Township Public Schools in September of 2006.  When I first started teaching in Old Bridge, I taught Computer Literacy at the elementary level.  In 2012, I decided to become an ESL teacher so that I could help students who, like me, were new to the United States and were learning English.  I taught ESL at Cheesequake Elementary School for 5 years and was honored to be recognized as their 2016 Teacher of the Year.  In September of 2018, I got transferred to Carl Sandburg Middle School to teach ESL.

In my free time, I like to spend time with my family and stay active.  I work out regularly, garden, travel, go to the beach, attend concerts, and learn something new every day.   Although I do not teach computer literacy anymore, I am still passionate about technology and incorporate it into every part of my life.  I am a lifelong learner ☺

FUN FACT - My maiden name is Rincón and my husband's last name is Rivera.  I have two last names because in the Spanish culture, a woman always keeps her father's last name.  My daughters both have two last names Rivera-Rincón; one is their father's last name and one is mine. Once they get married, if they choose to continue this tradition, they will drop my maiden name, keep Rivera, and add their husband's last name.