The Department of Special Services and Child Study Team
You can reach the Department of Special Services through the Main Line 973 835-7100,then press #3 and then use the extension of the CST staff member whom you wish to speak to.Thank you
Dr. Michelle Fenwick, Director of Special Services**973 835-7100, #3 for Special Services, (x1 or x1540)It is truly an 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 school 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.
Diane Gelok, Department of Special Service Secretary
973 835-7100, #3 for Special Services, (x2 or x1541)
Marianne Vozzo, Child Study Team Secretary
973 835-7100, #3 for Special Services, (x3 or x1542)
Our Child Study Team (CST) includes the following staff members:
Kristen Alonso, School Social Worker973 835-7100, #3 for Special Services, (x9 or x1548)I am the school social worker on the Child Study Team and I am so excited to be a part of the Pompton Lakes community! Prior to working here in Pompton Lakes, I gained experience as a school social worker at Fair Lawn High School and was a mental health clinician at Newton Medical Center. I graduated from Ramapo College in 2013 with my Bachlor's Degree in Psychology. I received my Master's Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University in 2017. I have an extensive background working with children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities and it is my passion to help those in need. I am so proud to be a Cardinal and I am looking forward to working with our students!
Lisa Bracamonte, School Psychologist973 835-7100, #3 for Special Services, (x6 or x1545)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 16 years of teaching experience. I obtained my Masters in Education and State Licensure after completing the graduate program at Montclair State University, currently working on my doctorate and have had the pleasure of serving for 12 years as a School Psychologist in Pompton Lakes. Last, but certainly not least, I have over 21 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.
Robyn Blomn, Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant973 835-7100, #3 for Special Services, (x7 or x1546)I have worked in Pompton Lakes for the past seven years.. 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 second year in education making a difference in the lives of our students.
Agnes Joyce, Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant973 835-7100, #3 for Special Services, (x8 or x1547)I have worked on the Child Study Team for the past nine years as an LDT-C. I previously taught in a variety of special education settings for 17 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.
Tricia Smith, Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant973 835-7100, #3 for Special Services, (x5 or x1544)I have over 16 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.
Dr. Lucille Verina, School Psychologist973 835-7100, #3 for Special Services, (x4 or x1543)
This is my fifteenth 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.
FAQ: What are the roles of the CST?
What role does the Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant (LDTC) play in the education process?
- Performs Educational Diagnostic Evaluations
- Collaborates with students, teachers and parents
- Creates Individualized Education Programs
- Provide teachers with strategies and supports to suit students’ individual needs
What role does the School Social Worker play in the Special Education process?
- Certified School Social Worker
- Prepares a social or developmental history on a child with a disability.
- Collaborates with students, teachers and parents on strategies to increase success in the school setting
- Counseling (group/individual)
- Refers families to school and community resources to enable the child to learn as effectively as possible in his or her educational program
What role does the School Psychologist play in the Special Education process?
- Promote student motivation and engagement
- Assess and monitor students’ academic, emotional, social and behavioral needs and provide direct and indirect services based on level of need
- Plan appropriate Individualized Education Programs for students with disabilities
- Consult and collaborate with teachers to individualize instruction and interventions
- Ensure student participation in the Least Restrictive Environment
- Help families understand their child's learning and mental health needs
- Assist in navigating special education processes