• Child Study Team  

    609-298-3027
     
    Students with IEPs and New Jersey State Assessments: Information for Parents and Families

     Special Services Staff 

    Supervisor of Special Services

     
    Mrs. Lori Wisniewski, Administrative Assistant, CST Secretary
     
    CST Members 
    Mrs. Melissa Carlton, NCSP, School Psychologist
    Mrs. Cindy McNally, LCSW, School Social Worker/Counselor
    Mrs. Erin Spinello, Speech Pathologist 
    Mrs. Diana Thompson, Speech Pathologist
     
     
    Nurses
    Mrs. Marylyn Campanella, School Nurse
    Mrs. Stacey Farreny, School Nurse
     
    School Counselor 
    Danielle Christiansen 
     
    Resource Teachers
    Ms. Amanda Bully, Certified in Elementary and Special Education 
    Mrs. Mellissa Chou, Certified in Elementary and Special Education
    Mrs. Jessica Davern, Certified in Elementary and Special Education
    Mrs. Lauran Gleason, Certified in Elementary and Special Education
    Mrs. Jen Hamer, Certified in Elementary and Special Education
    Mrs. Melissa Hillman, Preschool, Certified in Elementary and Special Education
    Mrs. Shannon McGettigan, Certified in Elementary and Special Education
    Ms. Briana Pellecchia, Certified in Elementary and Special Education
    Ms. Elizabeth Schauer, Certified in Elementary and Special Education
    Mrs. Judith Schwartz, Certified in Elementary, Special Education and Student Personnel Services
    Mrs. Nancy Spivack, Certified in Elementary and Special Education 
    Ms. Alyssa Zara,  Certified in Elementary and Special Education 
     
     
    Staff Paraprofessionals
    Mrs. Theresa Ainsworth
    Mrs. Jazmine McChesney
    Mrs.  Stephanie Silva
    Mrs. Sylvia Williams
    Mrs. Katie Vozza 
     
    District Programs

    Resource Programs
    Chesterfield’s philosophy toward special education programming is in keeping with federal and state mandates to provide educational services in the least restrictive environment.  We strive to educate our students who would benefit from special educational services in an inclusive setting.  Our specially trained "resource" teachers work collaboratively with classroom teachers to provide support services within the general classroom setting, as well as in a small group or individualized basis in the resource center.  Level of services fall along a continum.  Services are determined on an individual basis and provided in accordance with each child’s Individual Educational Plan (IEP).  This may include related services such as occupational, physical, or speech therapy, as well as counseling for the student or consultation with teachers.

    PALS - Parents for All Learning Styles, initially established to provide to provide feedback to the district about special education programs and services, this group is open to all parents and provides a forum for support, information and advocacy#  Current information will be posted in the monthly newsletters.

    Pre-school  Programs
    Chesterfield school includes the Little Dragons preschool, an educational program designed to provide services for children eligible as pre-school disabled as well as their typically developing peers. Students who attend the Little Dragons classes participate in a half-day school program in which educational services as well as related services such as speech/ language therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy are provided according to the child’s needs.  The Little Dragons program serves children between the ages of 3 and 5 years. 

    Child Find 
    Any child is eligible for screening and/or evaluation through the Chesterfield Child Study Team if he/she is a resident of Chesterfield Township and between the ages of 3 years and 4 years, 11 months before October 1st. A pre-school evaluation may consist of assessment of the child’s general development in the areas of cognitive development, readiness skills, speech, language, motor coordination, social skills, vision and hearing# If you have concerns about your pre-school child’s development contact the Child Study Team office at 609-298-3027.

    Early Intervention Services
    The Department of Health, Special Child Health Services of Burlington County provides programs and services for infants and toddlers from birth through 2 years, 11 months of age who have disabilities. Families of children who may require early intervention services should contact the Burlington County Case Management Unit at 609-267-1950.

    HELPFUL LINKS

    NJ Inclusion Campaign http://www.inclusioncampaign.org/  
    Learning Disabilities Online http://www.ldonline.org/
    National Center for Learning Disabilities https://www.understood.org/  
    NJ Department of Education http://www.state.nj.us/education/specialed/
    NJSBA Task Force on Special Education: Final Report 2014 http://www.njsba.org/news/njsba-task-force-on-special-ed-report-2014.php  
    NJ Parental Rights in Special Education www.state.nj.us/education/specialed/form/prise/prise.pdf