Dear Parents, Guardians & Community Members,
Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! My team and I are so excited to launch into a new academic adventure and build relationships with each of you and our students.
I began this journey with Passaic County Manchester Regional High School as the Director of Special Services in 2018 and am still enthusiastic and grateful to be of service to you. The CST and I share the same goal which is to work collaboratively with the staff, students, and parents to ensure that our students are learning and growing, both academically and socially, in a rigorous academic environment based on their individual needs, especially during these trying times of the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe that ALL children have the ability to learn and it is up to us, as educators, to find the methodology for them to properly access the curriculum and reach the high expectations that are set. I am a true believer and proponent of inclusion. Collectively, we feel that classified students should be educated and forge relationships in the least restrictive environment with their peers. The team and I take great pride in our responsibility in preparing them to go out into the “real world” and make their dreams a reality.
A little about me; I have been in public education for seventeen years. I was a teacher for twelve years and have extensive experience in the classroom teaching diverse populations. I taught grades K-6 in all programs, general education, inclusion, resource and self-contained. I am an instructional leader with two Master's degrees in Urban Education, one in Bilingual/Bicultural Education and the other in Administration & Supervision from New Jersey City University. My undergraduate degree is in Sociology from Bloomfield College. I was an Assistant Principal at the Middle School level and a Supervisor of Special Services. All of this has been in urban areas. I am looking forward to an amazing school year.
There are many exciting initiatives going on within the building and in special education. A new Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) began in 2018 and are meetings are as follow:
All meetings are from 6:30-8 PM and will be held virtually via Zoom until further notice.
Please consider getting involved. My door is always open to chat.
Here's to the best year yet! Go Falcons!!!
Director of Special Services
Passaic County Manchester Regional High School
The Department of Special Services provides a range and variety of resources to develop and support the successful education of students with disabilities in the Least Restrictive Environment. The Department of Special Services encourages the use of differentiation during instruction that meets the diverse needs of children while addressing the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.
We are a dedicated staff of Child Study Team Members, related service providers, Special Education teachers, and other specialists who ensure that all students with disabilities are identified, evaluated, and provided with the appropriate services according to N.J.A.C.6A:14.
Special education programs and services are provided for students found eligible from preschool through high school (age 21). The district child study team provides diagnostic evaluations of the individual child, interpretation of findings to parents and staff, placement of pupils for whom a specialized program may be necessary, remedial instruction, speech therapy, and other related services. Requests for evaluations can be made if a student is suspected of having a disability. Requests must be made in writing with a signature.
The special services staff includes specialists in psychology, social work, learning disabilities, and speech therapy. Special Education programs offered are: Multiple Disabilities Class programs, Language/Learning Disabled Class programs, and Out of Class and In-Class Resource programs. Additional evaluations, services and programs are provided if recommended by the CST.
Child Study Team
- Jaclyn Marcella, Social Worker
- Tara Sager, Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant
- Melanie Tischler-Quinn, School Psychologist
Project Child Find
In addition to a full continuum of special education programs and services the district, through its Child Find Project, helps to identify un-served and handicapped children three to five years of age. Parents are encouraged to contact the office of Special Services, if they have concerns about their child's development and whether a preschool program may be of benefit. Project Child Find is a free referral service and public awareness campaign to assist in the identification of unserved/underserved youth with a delay or disability from birth through 21 years of age. It also develops and distributes information to the public about early intervention services and special education programs throughout New Jersey.
The toll-free number for Project Child Find is 800-322-8174 and the site is: https://www.nj.gov/education/specialed/childfind/fact_sheet.pd