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Staff at Our Special Needs School in Hamilton, NJ

Teachers are at the heart of every learning institution, and the staff at our special needs school in NJ are among the best in their field. At The Newgrange School in Hamilton, we understand how important it is to build relationships between students and teachers and between teachers and parents. When you enroll with us, you’ll have a dedicated team of advisors, tutors, and even Ph.D. level professionals who share the common goal of helping your child grow and learn. All of our staff satisfy the state’s certification requirements and meet the highly qualified standards for their areas of content expertise.

From this page you can learn about our faculty. We believe accessibility plays a key role when creating an optimal learning environment for students. Our teachers give personal attention to each student and welcome active communication with parents. Among our educators, we have staff with extensive knowledge of the Wilson Reading and Orton Gillingham programs, teachers who specialize in working with children who have Nonverbal Learning Disabilities and faculty who are committed to helping students transition out of school and into the real world.

Let the staff at our special needs school in NJ give your child the individual attention he or she needs to excel in the classroom and in the community at large. If someone in your family has a learning disability and you’re interested in speaking with a highly knowledgeable professional, please give us a call. At The Newgrange School, we aim to provide programs for a broad base of New Jersey students, and we’ll do what it takes to accommodate the needs of your child.

To contact a Newgrange staff member via email: first name initial last name @thenewgrange.org

Image Of Staff Marcia Allen, MA, CCC, For Autism Schools In NJ  - The Newgrange School

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Marcia Allen, M.A. CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

  • Certified as Speech/Language Specialist by NJ Board of Education
  • NJ license #41YS00401000
  • PA license #SL011155
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence from American Speech-Language and Hearing Association
  • MA in Speech-Language Pathology from The College of New Jersey
  • BS in Speech Pathology and Audiology from The College of New Jersey
  • Member of New Jersey Speech-Language and Hearing Association (NJSHA)
  • Member of American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA)

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Ms. Sunitha Batchu
Teacher in Mathematics (K-12)

  • Master’s in Mathematics(University of Chennai, INDIA).
  • Master of Philosophy in Mathematics(University of Chennai, INDIA)
  • Diploma in Operations Management.(IGNOU, NewDelhi, INDIA)
  • Diploma in Oracle SQL,PLSQL(INDIA)
  • Training program in Connect Ed for Math(Princeton University)

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Mrs. Kathy Bostock
Assessment and Implementation Coordinator

Teacher Trainer and Presenter – Newgrange Education Center
Director – Children’s Dyslexia Center’s Inc.

  • MA-LD, Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • B.S. Biology, College of Saint Elizabeth
  • Certified Dyslexia Specialist, Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Orton-Gillingham Therapist, Fairleigh Dickenson University
  • Orton – Gillingham Trainer
  • Orton – Gillingham Practitioner
  • Wilson Level 1 Trainer, Wilson Language Training
  • Wilson Level 2 Trainer, Wilson Language Training
  • Just Words Trainer, Wilson Language Training
  • Fundations Qualified Presenter, Wilson Language Training
  • LETRS Regional Trainer, Louisa Moats/ Sopris West
  • Project Read – Presenter, Tory Greene/Language Circle
  • Developing Metacognitive Skills, Trainer, Suzanne Carreker/Neuhaus
  • DIBELS – Presenter, Dynamic Measurement
  • NJIDA,Vice President/ Board Member
  • IDA,  (National) Member/State Representative

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Ms. Meredith Bostock
Paraprofessional

  • B.S. Exercise Science, American Military University (In Progress)
  • Golden Key International Honor Society
  • Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society
  • Girl’s High School Softball Coach
  • Certified: CPR / First Aid

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Ms. Sandra Boyles
Math Teacher

  • Certificate, Mathematics K-12.
  • BS Engineering, University of California, Irvine.
  • MS Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Ms. Renee Brana
Teacher of the Handicapped

  • B.A. Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • M.A. Teaching, Special Education, College of New Jersey
  • Orton-Gillingham Certification – In Process
  • Project Read and Edmark – Trained

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Ms. Monica Bruder
Teacher of the Handicapped

  • Masters of Science in Education, Walden University
  • Wilson Language Trained- Level 1 Certification, Level 2 Trained
  • Orton-Gillingham Trained Through the Newgrange School
  • Trained in Project Read- Framing Your Thoughts Program
  • Trained in Developing Metacognitive Skills Program
  • Trained in Certificate of Comprehension Program
  • Trained In LETRS  Program

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Mrs. Linda G. Burnston
Assistant to the School Business Administrator

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Mrs. Sharon Camis
Elementary School Teacher

  • B.S Psychology/Biology, Union College
  • M.S Psychology, Rutgers
  • M.ED. Special Education, Grand Canyon Univ.
  • Orton-Gillingham certification in process

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Ms. Sandee Chalik MS OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

  • Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson School of Health Professions, 2001
  • Faculty Appointment to Dept of Occupational Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson School of Health Professions, 2005
  • Certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, #1057268,
  • Certified by the NJ Board of Education and Licensed in NJ #46TR00296200, and PA #OC008395
  • Certificate in Assistive Technology (CAT), Stockton University, Department of Occupational Therapy, 2008
  • Certified in Sensory Integration by USC/WPS, 2005
  • Training: Community Based Instruction, NJ Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, 2010
  • Training: Introduction to Wilson Reading 2005; Fundations, 2010
  • Training: How Does your Engine Run from Therapyworks, 2003
  • Training: Handwriting Without Tears, 2002
  • Member: Council for Exceptional Children; American Occupational Therapy Association; New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association

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Mr. George Chis-Luca
Health and Physical Education

  • K-12 Health and PE certification
  • First Aid and CPR Certification
  • Drivers Education Certification
  • Masters in Administration and Supervision
  • Supervisor Certification

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Mrs. Ella Collins Bing
Teacher Assistant

  • Associates Degree in Liberal Arts
  • Wilson 1 Certified

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1Y01077

Ms. Colleen Connolly
Paraprofessional

  • B.S. James Madison University
  • Wilson Reading Level 1 Certification – In Process

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Ms. Elizabeth (Beth) Conaway
Teacher, Preschool to Grade 3

  • BS, Early Childhood Education, Towson State University
  • Twelve years special education teaching experience
  • Certified Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Specialist, Farleigh Dickinson University
  • Wilson Reading Level 1
  • Certified Crisis Intervention Prevention

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1Y01112

 

Ms. Carol Cooper-Braun
Language Arts/Social Skills

NVLD Program Coordinator

  • Teacher of the Handicapped Certification
  • Master of Arts in Teaching, special education specialization
  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Wilson Language Trained: Level 1 Certification
  • Trained in Developing Metacognitive Strategies
  • Trained in LETRS, Language Essentials
  • Trained in Framing Your Thoughts, Project Read
  • Received instruction in teaching social skills from Dr. Jed Baker, Dr.Tony Attwood, Dr. Ami Klin, Dr. Fred Volkmar, and Dr. Andrea Footerman

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1Y01124

Ms. Jeanne Cruz
Job Coach/Permanent Substitute

  • B.S. Biopsychology, Rider University
  • NJ Elementary Education K-5 Certification, Rider University
  • PA Instructional I K-6 Certification

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Julie Denes-Perry

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Julie Denes-Perry
Administrative Assistant

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1Y01125

Ms. Liliana Falvo-Broselli
Language Arts

  • Teacher of the Handicapped, NJ
  • Curriculum, Instruction, Supervision, M.A.
  • Wilson Language Trained: Level 1 Certification

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1Y01039

Ms. Ronelle Favocci
Math Teacher – K – 5

  • B.S . Psychology  Richard Stockton College
  • Wilson Language Trained: Level 1 Certification
  • Teacher of language arts
  • Everyday Math Trained
  • Highly Qualified teacher of math

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1Y01115

Ms. Erin Flynn
Language/NVLD Department

  • B.S. Education/Health and Physical Education
  • Wilson Language Trained: Level 1 Certification
  • Trained in Letters program
  • Trained in Framing Your Thoughts and DMS writing systems
  • Currently training in Orton-Gillingham reading system

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1Y01111

Mr. Scott Fort
Teacher of Social Studies

  • BA – Geography – Trenton State College
  • MA – Geography/Computer Cartography
  • NJ Teachers Certificate – Teacher of Social Studies K-12

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1Y01128

Mr. Robert  (Bob) Graham
Teacher of Heath Physical Education

  • BS Degree, Trenton State College
  • Teacher of Health and Physical Education
  • Teacher of Driver Education
  • Member of  NJAHPERD
  • Member of  AAHPERD
  • Wilson language trained

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1Y01031

Mrs. Joan Grande
Elementary/Social Studies Specialist

  • Bachelor Degree in Historical Studies
  • Wilson I trained: Level I
  • Wilson II trained: Level II

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1Y01032

Mr. Andrew Haines
Technology Teacher

  • B. Mus. Ed. Westminster Choir College ‘04
  • Regional Operations Planning and Implementation Coordinator, Dell Computers ’04-‘07
  • Advanced training in Apple digital media applications; GarageBand, iMovie, iWeb, LogicPro, FinalCut
  • Wilson Language Trained: Level 1 Certification

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1Y01038

Mrs. Jennifer Haines
Music Teacher/ Reading Teacher

  • Bachelors in Music Education Westminster Choir College ‘03
  • Candidate, M. Music Education, Specializing in Music in Special Education Westminster Choir College ‘11
  • Wilson Language Trained: Level 1 Certification
  • Orton-Gillingham trained

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1Y01114

Ms. Rebecca (Becky) Higgins, MSW
School Social Worker

  • Masters in Social Work degree from Stony Brook University with a concentration in direct practice
  • Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Bachelors Degree with a concentration in child and family studies
  • 18 years experience working as a counselor for children with special needs
  • Specialized training includes Family Systems Theory and Group Work with Children

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1Y01087

Mrs. Sharon Joachim
Self Contained NVLD Program
Language Arts/Mathematics

  • Highly QualifiedTeacher of the Handicapped Certified
  • Columbia University, Teachers College
  • B.A., Wheaton College (Norton, M.A.)
  • Wilson Language Trained: Level 1 Certified
  • Orton-Gillingham Trained through the Newgrange School
  • Morphology Trained through the Newgrange School
  • 17 yrs. Teaching Exp./ 5yrs. at Newgrange

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1Y01012

Mrs. Myra Kay McCowan
Elementary Education
Teacher of the Handicapped

  • B.S. Education/Blue Mountain College
  • Certification and Masters in Special Education through Grand Canyon University
  • Orton Gillingham trained for Multisensory I, II, III, IV, V, and VI Education through Fairleigh Dickinson College
  • Trained in Project Read
  • CONNECT-ED participant
  • QUEST participant

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1Y01097

Dr. Lorraine McKay
High School Science

  • Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, SUNY at Buffalo
  • University at Buffalo Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, National Institutes of Health
  • Nine years pharmaceutical research experience
  • Graduate, New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey, New Jersey City University
  • NJ Standard Teaching Certificate: Biological Science, Highly Qualified status
  • Active in National Science Teacher’s Association, New Jersey Science Teacher’s Association

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Susan E. Miller

Mrs. Susan E. Miller 

Teacher of the Handicapped
Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant

Teacher Trainer and Presenter – Newgrange Education Center

  • New Jersey licensed LDT-C and Teacher of the Handicapped
  • Dual Masters in Learning Disabilities and Reading from New York University, Steinhardt School
  • Post-Graduate: Bank Street College and Rutgers Graduate School of Education
  • B.A. from Rutgers College in English/Political Science
  • Certified Wilson Fundations Trainer
  • Certified Regional Trainer for LETRS (professional development courses for Teachers of Reading and Spelling)
  • Certified Mentor of DIBELS Next (Dynamic Measurement Group)
  • Developing Metacognitive Skills Trainer (Neuhaus)
  • Reading/Dyslexia Specialist, The Stephen Gaynor School, Manhattan
  • Trained in Orton-Gillingham (Alphabetic Phonics and Preventing Academic Failure), Lindamood-Bell (Seeing Stars and Visualizing and Verbalizing)
  • Board Member of the New Jersey Branch of the International Dyslexia Association
  • Member of the International Reading Association

 

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1Y01118

Mrs. Dana Morris
Language Arts Literacy and Literature Teacher

  • Wilson Language Trained: Level 1 Certification
  • Bachelor’s of Arts in Journalism and English Literature/Writing from Rider University
  • Masters in English Literature from National University
  • Masters in Teaching from National University (March 2011)

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Mrs. Betty Anne Nixon
School Nurse

  • Master of Science in School Nursing
  • New Jersey Certified School Nurse
  • Monmouth University
  • New Jersey Certified Forensic Nurse-CSA
  • Licensed Registered Nurse since 1993 with experience in medical surgical, maternal-child, community health, pediatric emergency, and forensic nursing.

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1Y01127

Mrs. Carol P. Paine
Elementary Education Teacher
Teacher of the Handicapped

  • M.Ed  Boston University School of Education
  • B.S. Boston University School of Education
  • Certified Wilson Reading Teacher Level 1 and 2
  • Developing Metacognitive Skills trained
  • LETRS trained
  • Framing Your Thoughts-Project Read trained
  • CONNECT-ED Phase I-Design Team and a participant
  • (Consortium that focuses on science and math education)
  • CONNECT-ED Phase II-Leadership Team-To develop Professional Learning Communities

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1Y01132

Ms. Nicole E. Scheller
Teacher of Language Arts and Transition Coordinator
Teacher of Students with Disabilities
Elementary Teacher K – 5

  • M.S.Education – Teaching Urban Adolescents with Disabilities – Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
  • B.A. Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
  • New York City Teaching Fellow 2003-2005
  • Member Transition Coordinators Network of New Jersey
  • Advanced Certified Teacher in New Jersey and New York
  • Wilson Language Trained- Level 1 Certification, Level 2 Trained
  • Orton-Gillingham Trained Through the Newgrange School
  • Trained in Project Read- Framing Your Thoughts Program
  • Trained in Developing Metacognitive Skills Program
  • Certificate of Comprehension Program
  • Trained In LETRS  Program

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1Y01023

Dr. Geri Silver
Teacher of Biological Science

  • B.S. CUNY-Brooklyn College
  • PhD SUNY-Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn
  • Postdoctoral Fellow-Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Fellowships: NIH Postdoctoral Fellow;
  • Special Fellowship, Leukemia Society of America
  • Highly Qualified Teacher of Science
  • Certifications in Biological Science and Chemistry

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1Y01098

Mr. Rick Smith
School Counselor

  • MA in School Counseling from The College of New Jersey
  • Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • BA in English Writing & Secondary Education from Rider University
  • CPR & AED Certified
  • 15 seasons of experience coaching high school athletics

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1Y01046

Ms. Arleen Thompson
Art Teacher

  • Kutztown State University; Art Education
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
  • Major: Art Education
  • Minor: Aesthetic Education
  • Holy Family College – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Major: Elementary Education
  • Certification:  The State of New Jersey
  • Elementary Education K-8
  • The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Art Education K-12

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Mr. Brian Vandermark
Permanent Substitute Teacher

  • B.A. Education, Jersey City State College; Minor Behavioral Science
  • Certifications:
  • Teacher of the Handicapped (K-12)
  • Wilson Introductory Course
  • Bryman School Data processing Certification
  • Professional trainings at Newgrange

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Carl Jr Winrow

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Carl Jr. Winrow
Sr. Custodian

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Winter, A.

 

 

 

 


 

Mrs. Ann Winter
Executive Assistant

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