Dear Parents, Guardians & Community Members,
Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! I am so excited to launch into a new academic adventure and build relationships with each of you and our students.
I am enthusiastic and grateful to embark on my journey with Manchester Regional High School as the new Director of Special Services. My goal 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. I 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. I feel that classified students should be educated and forge relationships in the least restrictive environment with their peers. I take great pride in my 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 fifteen 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 thrilled to join the Manchester Regional High School Administrative team and look forward to an amazing school year.
I truly enjoy being part of a school and its community. There are many exciting initiatives going on within the building and in special education. A new Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) will be starting soon. Please consider getting involved. My door is always open to chat.
Here's to the best year yet! Go Falcons!!!
Director of Special Services
Manchester Regional High School
Special Education Programs and Services
Special education programs and services are provided for students classified as educationally disabled from preschool, ages three to five, through senior 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 signature.
The special services staff includes specialists in psychology, social work, learning disabilities, and speech therapy. Special Education programs can include: Self-contained Language/Learning Disabled Class programs, Behavior Disabilities Class programs, Multiple Disabilities Class programs, and Out of Class and In Class Resource programs. Additional evaluations, services and programs are provided if recommended by the CST/IEP team.
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.