• NHSD
     
     
    Jennifer Grenger
    Director of Special Services   
     
      
    Deb Irvin
    Special Services Secretary
     
     
     
      
    The Child Study Team is composed of specialized, professional staff members who are trained to study and evaluate a child's present levels of performance and to recommend strategies and interventions that could improve the child's school progress. Prior to a formal Child Study Team evaluation, interventions and strategies in a General Education classroom setting should be developed and implemented with their effectiveness documented over a period of time.  If a Child Study Team evaluation is indicated, it may consist of a social, developmental and medical history of the child conducted by the School Social Worker, an assessment of the child's learning strengths, weaknesses and academic achievement by the Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant, and an appraisal of the child's potential for learning and social/emotional status by the School Psychologist. Based on information gathered from General Education interventions/ strategies and the Child Study Team evaluation, additional assessments such as a neurological, psychiatric, vision/hearing, behavioral or speech/language evaluation may be recommended.  In addition, a Behavior Specialist is available on a daily basis to provide behavioral support services for teachers and parents.  The Behaviorist supports our school district's instructional program by highlighting the behavioral social and emotional growth of students with Special Needs.

    A referral to the Child Study Team should be initiated by the Intervention & Referral Services committee of your child's school, especially when an educational disability is suspected. Public schools are required by law to develop a process for identifying students with disabilities.  A student with a disability is one who may be experiencing difficulties of a physical, behavioral, emotional, academic, intellectual, or social nature to the extent that the student is not able to function effectively in a General Education program. A Child Study Team evaluation may be necessary to determine the basis of the difficulties and whether the student is eligible for special services. When a student is determined to be eligible for special services, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed for that student with a disability.
     
    With federal passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) in December 2004, parents/guardians have an integral part of the Child Study Team that plans an appropriate school program and an IEP for their child with a disability. The complete rules and regulations pertaining to Child Study Team procedures and students with disabilities are contained in the New Jersey Administrative Code, Title 6A, Chapter 14, Special Education. Parents/guardians may obtain this document by contacting the Child Study Team Office at (609) 738-2637 or by accessing the New Jersey Department of Education website.

     
     
    Child Study Team 

    Ellen Hudak, School Social Worker

    Megan Thompson, School Psychologist
    Sharon Rothenberg, School Psychologist
    Erin Potter, School Psychologist
    Jayne Rigg, Learning Disabilities Teacher- Consultant 
    Thara Srikanth, Behavior Specialist
    Shevy Greenberg, Speech and Language Specialist
    Wendy Sagot, Speech and Language Specialist
    Shirley Stevens, Speech and Language Specialist
    Yosefa Rosen, Speech and Language Specialist
    Christine Rossi, Occupational Therapist 
    Marla Kennedy, Occupational Therapist
    Colleen Welling, Physical Therapist
     
     
    Student Support Counselors

    The Student Support Team is composed of specialized professional staff members who offer supportive services to students. Some of the supportive services include individual and group counseling services for students with social, behavioral and school adjustment challenges. 

    Noelle Schappell, Student Support Counselor
    Helen Verity, Student Support Counselor
    Tiffany Lynch, Student Support Counselor
     
     
     
     
     
     
    The North Hanover Township Board of Education does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.  The Business Administrator has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies.  She can be reached at 331 Monmouth Road, Wrightstown, NJ 08562, 609-738-2600.