Dr. Michelle Fenwick, Director of Special Services 973 835-4722 (x23)
It is an important honor to serve as the Director of Special Services for the Pompton Lakes Public School District. In this position, I oversee the services of students with disabilities or medical conditions that require either an IEP or 504 plan to support their learning. This work includes not only students in our four buildings, but also within the community, identifying at risk students, and students being educated in Out of District settings, and students who are age three through 21 years of age. It is a truly a pleasure to work with our students, families, staff and community!
Previously, I have served as Director of Special Services/Principal of ASD & PSD Programs in Bergen County and also worked for the Department of Education for the State of New Jersey Special Education Programs (NJ OSEP). I was privileged to have served on my town’s Board of Education. My formal education includes a Bachelor and Master degree from SUNY at Geneseo, a Doctorate from NSU, and a second Master degree in School Administration from WPUNJ. I have over twenty years of experience in the field of child development and special education and I truly love what I do.
These opportunities have led to my commitment to exemplary education for ALL students and provided me with the skills needed to effectively lead Pompton Lakes Department of Special Services.
Our Child Study Team includes the following staff members:
Jodi Skiba-Fitzpatrick, School Social Worker 973 835-4722 (x26)
My role on the Child Study Team is that of Case Manager and School Social Worker. Additional district roles consist of Anti-bullying Specialist at Lenox and Lincoln Elementary Schools' and Pompton Lakes High School girls junior varsity soccer coach. I began my career as a graduate of Rutgers University, with a major in Psychology. I obtained my Masters in Social Worker and State Licensure after completing the graduate program at Rutgers University School of Social Work. I have had the pleasure of serving for almost five years as a School Social Worker in Pompton Lakes. Mrs. Skiba-Fitzpatrick is currently on leave with Ms. Ropas covering her students and caseload responsibilities.
Helen Ropas School Social Worker 973 835-4722 (x26)
Ms. Helen Ropas has been working as our Pompton Lakes Social Worker while Mrs. Skiba-Fitzpatrick has been on Family Leave for a portion of this year. She has been a wonderful addition to the team and has made great contributions in her time with us.
Agnes Joyce, Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant 973 835-4722 (x29)
I have worked on the Child Study Team for the past eight years as an LDT-C. I previously taught in a variety of special education settings for 14 years. I am certified in Elementary Education, Special Education, and licensed as a Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant. I am also an Orton-Gillingham certified instructor of multi-sensory reading strategies and I'm proud to bring all of these experiences when supporting our students.
Lisa Bracamonte, School Psychologist 973 835-4722 (x27)
For those of you new to me, my role on the Child Study Team is that of Case Manager and School Psychologist. I began my career as a graduate of Duquesne University, with a major in both Elementary and Secondary English education followed by 15 years of teaching experience. I obtained my Masters in Education and State Licensure after completing the graduate program at Montclair State University and have had the pleasure of serving for 9 years as a School Psychologist in Pompton Lakes. Last, but certainly not least, I have 19 years experience as the mother of two girls, so I do know some of what you’re going through. It is my hope that these experiences will enable me to facilitate your child’s program and continue to enable his/her success.
Tricia Smith, Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant 973 835-4722 (x25)
I have over 13 years’ teaching experience at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. After earning my Master’s Degree in Special Education/Learning Disabilities, I became certified as a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant in 2010. In this role, I have had many rewarding experiences as a Child Study Team member -- maintaining high educational standards while meeting the individual needs of students with a variety of disabilities.
Robyn Blomn, Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant 973 835-4722 (x28)
I have worked in Pompton Lakes for the past six years case managing fourth through twelfth graders. Prior to working here as a Learning Disability Teacher –Consultant, I worked in Englewood as an LDT-C in an elementary school. Over the past twenty years, I have also worked in three other districts teaching general education and special education in grades three through seven. The universities I have attended in order to receive my Teacher of the Handicapped, Elementary Education Teacher and Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant certifications are Florida State University and William Paterson University. I’m looking forward to my twenty first year in education making a difference in the lives of our students.
Dr. Lucille Verina, School Psychologist 973 835-4722 (x30)
This is my twelfth year within the Pompton Lakes School District serving the children and families of our community. As a Clinical Psychologist, it is my honor to work within the Department of Special Services with experts in a variety of educational specialties.
Marianne Vozzo, Child Study Team Secretary (973 835-4722 (x21)
Barbara Fontanazza, Department of Special Service Secretary 973 835-4722 (x24)