Region V Council for Special Education has assigned several consultants to Saint Joseph School. This is provided to our school through IDEA funding to nonpublic schools. The consultants have varied areas of specialization and will be working with administration and staff to support SJS students.
LDTC: Mrs. Idelle Schwinder has over 35 years of experience as a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant. She will be available to consult with teachers regarding strategies, accommodations and modifications that will address students' educational disabilities and difficulties.
BEHAVIORIST: Mrs. Stephanie Javier has been with Region V Consultants for over 10 years, however, she has been in the filed for almost 21 years. Mrs.Javier has experience as an ABA therapist and Early intervention therapist working in homes and schools specializing in children with autism Spectrum Disorders. Mrs. Javier has worked with children between the ages of 10 months to 18 years of age implementing social skills, ABA therapy, and behavior modification therapy. She runs social skills groups as well as using a curriculum called "The Zones of Regulation." Parents can viw the curriculum online at: www.thezonesofregulation.com.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST: Ms. Elana Rosenbaum is an Occupational therapist and graduate of Touro College School of Health Sciences. At graduation, she received the MAimonides Award for Highest Professional Ideals of Health Science Practitioner. Elana's specialities include handwriting remediation, issues related to executive functioning, such as organizational and visual perception training. Elana is Level One certified in Handwriting Without Tears.
SOCIAL WORKER: Mrs. jamie Kagan-Heit is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master's Degree in Social Work from Columbia University. She has worked with Region V for over 8 years. She brings a strong background in child and adolescent mental health and has worked in both hospital and school settings. Mrs. Kagan-Heit will consult with the administration and faculty on how to best serve students, counsel identified students in individual and group settings, provide staff with brainstorm strategies and discuss specific student challenges/issues that impact school performance. She will consult on classroom organization and management. Mrs. Kagan-Heit will assist the implementation of the ISP for classified students by providing support to classroom teachers.
TEACHER OF THE HANDICAPPED: Mrs. Angela Gussoni joins the SJS team as the in-class support teacher at the Upper School. she is present in the classroom to support classified students and ensure the ISP is implemented for the students. Mrs. Gussoni is a familiar face to SJS and we are happy to welcome her back to SJS.
Bergen County Special Services Consultant
Upper School In Class Support: Mrs. Laurie Scarvaglione graduated from William Paterson University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Sociology. She began her teaching career right out of college and has many years teaching in both the Catholic and public-school settings. After taking several years off to raise a family she returned to teaching in January 2020 for Bergen County Special Services. Mrs. Scarvaglione enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters. She looks forward to being a part of the St. Joseph's School team.