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Dear Parents, Guardians & Community Members,


Welcome to the 2021-22 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 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 eighteen years.  I was a teacher for almost twelve years and have extensive experience in the classroom teaching diverse populations.  I taught grades K-6 in all programs, including 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 meetings are as follow:


  • October 20, 2021- MRHS Innovation Center
  • January 20, 2022- HPS Media Center
  • March 22, 2022- MRHS Innovation Center
  • May 23, 2022- HPS Media Center


All meetings are from 6:30-8 PM and there will be childcare provided by students from the MRHS National Honor Society and MRHS French Honor Society.   


Please consider getting involved. My door is always open to chat.


Here's to the best year yet! Go Wildcats!!!




Maribel Martinez

Director of Special Services

The Haledon Public School


Program Overview

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

  •       Kimberly Colon, School Psychologist
  •       Rosa Messineo, Social Worker
  •       Lisa Goodman Social Worker/Behavior Specialist
  •       Kara Parham, Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant

Other Services

  •       Carol Molinari, Speech and Language Specialist
  •       Lauren Sardo, 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. 


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.