Dear Parents, Guardians & Community Members,
Welcome to the 2019-20 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 The Haledon Public School as the new Director of Special Services last year 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. 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 sixteen 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 last year and are meetings are as follow:
All meetings are from 6:30-8 PM. Childcare will be provided by HS students from NHS or French Honor Society.
Please consider getting involved. My door is always open to chat.
Here's to the best year yet! Go Wildcats!!!
Director of Special Services
The Haledon Public School
The special education program serves students with a variety of disabilities. Our goal is to meet the individual needs of each child and place them, to the extent possible, in classes with their non-disabled peers in an academically appropriate environment.
The continuum of services available at the Haledon Public School range from self-contained classrooms, to resource rooms, to fully integrated mainstream programs.
Child Study Team
Sue Carbone, Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant
Kimberly Colon, School Psychologist
Rosa Messineo, Social Worker
Lisa Goodman Social Worker/Behavior Specialist
Carol Molinari, Speech and Language Specialist
Miranda McLoughlin, Speech and Language Specialist
Rebecca Pacailler, Physical Therapist
Patricia DeVito, Occupational Therapist
Project Child Find
In order to identify preschool children whose serious problems may lead to difficulties in school, Haledon Public School will assess any children 3-5 years of age and who are suspected to have a disability.