Department of Pupil Services

Special Education Updates - Fall 2022

Welcome Back to the 2022-2023 School Year!

The Pupil Services Department is excited to have had a smooth transition into the start of the school year. Our department has worked in coordination with parents, teachers, and building administrators to ensure that our students had a successful start to the school year. We are looking forward to a school year full of growth - academically, socially, and emotionally!


Happy fall! 🌰 🍂

Department Goals

At the August Board of Education meeting, Dr. Goldblatt and Ms. Perez, shared the Department's Goals for the 2022-2023 school year. Updates on these goals will be shared periodically with the community.


We look forward to sharing how we have begun addressing these goals since the start of the school year at the Monday, October 17th Board of Education Meeting.

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Learning Never Stops!

Throughout September and October, our CST members, related service providers, special education teachers, and paraeducators, participated in a variety of professional development, including presentations by Katherine Gilfillan, Esq. and educators from Elevate Educators, LLC.


Additionally, we have continued our partnership with FDU for Orton Gillingham training for both a second and third cohort. Teachers who completed the first cohort have on-going training with Ms. Shapiro, which includes coaching and honing their skills for small group instruction.


We have also partnered with the Institute for Mutli-Sensory Education (IMSE) to train our Curriculum Support Teachers and Reading Interventionists. To date, 15 staff members have been trained utilizing the IMSE Impact OG Course, which provided 30 hours of hands-on, interactive, and personalized training that provided a complete understanding of IMSE's enhanced OG method, the essential five components of literacy, and the tools necessary to apply these skills in the classroom. Through this course, teachers developed a stronger understanding of the research behind the Science of Reading, as well as the basic knowledge of how to assess and teach students in all three tiers of RTI as well as students with dyslexia.

September 20th SEPAC Presentation

Click above to view the presentation by Dr. Trim and Ms. Stafford on behalf of the Department of Pupil Services.

Welcome to the Team!

Throughout the Spring and Summer, the department supervisors, interviewed and hired many new staff members to join our team!


Each of these team members come with valuable experience and knowledge to help our students on their road to success.


Speech Therapists

Brittany Tamburro

Jessica Perez

Patrina Caruana

Rosaline Rempel


BCBAs

Alyssa Stephen

Courtney Davis


Teacher of the Deaf

Laura Lavin


Psychologist

Cassia Mosdell


Also, Grace Furnari has transitioned from her role as BCBA to Psychologist.


The department still has openings in the disciplines of School Psychologists and LDT-Cs. We are still actively searching for qualified candidates for these positions, as well as paraeducators. If you know interested candidates, please direct them to Montclair Board of Education Job Opportunities.

Partnerships

Growing in the profession is important to our team! With this, we have partnered with Montclair State University, Columbia University, and Emerson College to provide internship/externship experiences for students currently in physical therapy, speech and language pathology, and psychology programs.
Under the guidance of Katherine Stanton Paule and Leslie Wallace, the Community Based Instruction (CBI) program has partnered with the Montclair Art Museum and Cornerstone. The cornerstone café in the Montclair Art Museum will soon open and our CBI students will participate in running it. The opening is set for November 4th!

Department Overview

The Department of Pupil Services not only houses the Special Education team, but also includes Mental Health and Nursing.


In future newsletters, Ms. Maggie Shaver-Dock, the district's Mental Health Coordinator, and Ms. Tina LaGala, Head Nurse, will be sharing updates from their departments.


The goals for the Mental Health Team include:


  • Identifying and securing resources to address the social-emotional needs of students: mental health, physical health, acute/chronic stressors, behavior manifestations, family transitions, academic challenges


  • Identifying & implementing programs to enhance our School Climate & Culture including fostering collaborations with community resource providers in the areas of loss & grief, trauma informed education, suicide prevention, and dating/domestic violence



We look forward to updates from Ms. Shaver-Dock and Ms. LaGala in the future!

Dr. David Goldblatt

Interim Director of Pupil Services

Mrs. Jennifer Finnerty

Supervisor of Pupil Services

DLC, Bradford, Hillside, Nishuane, Watchung

Dr. Shivoyne A. Trim

Supervisor of Pupil Services

Montclair High School

Ms. Carla A. Perez

Supervisor of Pupil Services

Edgemont Montessori, Buzz Aldrin, Glenfield, Renaissance at Rand

Ms. Tameka Stafford

Supervisor of Pupil Services

Charles H. Bullock, Northeast

Ms. Maggie Shaver-Dock

Mental Health/Anti-Bullying Coordinator

Ms. Tina La Gala

District Head Nurse