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Child Study Team

The purpose of the Child Study Team (CST) is to evaluate and determine eligibility for special education and related services for students between the ages of three and twenty-one. Child Study Teams consist of school psychologists, learning disabilities teacher-consultants, and school social workers. For students age three to five, the Child Study Team also includes a speech-language specialist. Child Study Teams develop, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of individualized education programs, and deliver appropriate related services to students with disabilities. They can also provide preventative and support services to non-disabled students.
Case Managers
 
Mr. Jonathan Mimmo,  School Psychologist
201-974-2025 ext. 2464
 

Jonathan Mimmo is a school psychologist in the Secaucus Public School District at the Middle School and High School levels. The 2021-2022 school year will be his 6th year in Secaucus. Prior to working in Secaucus, Jonathan began his professional career in the Flemington-Raritan School District as a school psychologist at J.P. Case Middle School.

Jonathan grew up in southern New Jersey, attending Holy Spirit High School before enrolling in undergraduate studies at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.  He earned a double major in Psychology and Communication, while participating athletically on the men’s basketball team.  After graduating from Rutgers, Jonathan continued his education in the School Psychology program at Rowan University, earning a Master’s degree in School Psychology and an Education Specialist certification. He is certified at both the state and national level as a school psychologist.

Jonathan has coached at Secaucus High School with the boy’s basketball team for 5 years.  He enjoys being involved in extracurricular activities and has volunteered with the Special Olympics program in Hudson County.  He loves the community in Secaucus and looks forward to working with students and parents to provide the best educational experience possible.


Mrs. Anna Gadaleta,  School Psychologist
201-974-2000 Ext 2017
 

Mrs. Gadaleta started her journey in the education field as a Research Assistant working with public schools and their Intervention and Referral Services committees in 2009. Later, she completed her Master’s in Psychology in 2011. Currently, she is a certified School Psychologist. Mrs. Gadaleta has been working as a Case Manager and School Psychologist for the past four years and joined the Secaucus Child Study Team in July 2018. She has a passion for working with students and helping to facilitate a collaborative approach to help students reach their fullest potential. Mrs. Gadaleta is very excited to join the Secaucus schools!

Dr. Kristie Hanley,  School Psychologist
201-974-2000 Ext 2076
 

Dr. Hanley has worked as a school psychologist in the Secaucus School District since 1999, first serving students at the high school for over a decade and then at Clarendon School for the past six years. In addition to conducting evaluations and developing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), Dr. Hanley provides individual and group counseling to help students enhance their social and emotional development. She has also conducted workshops for both staff and parents and served on the Intervention & Referral Services (I&RS) committee at both schools, developing and monitoring interventions for struggling students in the general education setting.  

Dr. Hanley earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English at Rutgers University and worked as a writer for The Star Ledger. During that time, she continued her education by obtaining a Master’s Degree in Counseling and a Professional Diploma in School Psychology at New Jersey City University. Dr. Hanley later earned a Doctorate in School Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

An adjunct instructor at New Jersey City University for many years, Dr. Hanley teaches psychology courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Mrs. Zahava Pianko,  School Psychologist
201-974-2053; EXT: 2868

 

Mrs. Pianko is a nationally certified school psychologist with the Secaucus public school district. She received her training from City University of New York, Brooklyn College, earning a masters in education with an advanced certificate in school psychology. She previously worked in NYU during the summers in their specialized program for children with behavioral difficulties.

Mrs. Pianko has been with the Secaucus child study team since 2008 and has been in all the schools from preschool through high school. She has a passion for advocating for children’s needs and providing them with everything they need for a successful school experience. She runs a variety of counseling sessions and social skills groups for children in both the regular education and social education program.

Ms. Nicole Moreira, School Psychologist

nmoreira@sboe.org

201-974-2000 ext:2080

 

Ms. Nicole Moreira is a certified school psychologist at the pre-k and elementary school levels in the Secaucus School District. She joined the team in 2019 while temporarily filling in for Mrs. Pianko. Ms. Moreira officially joined the Secaucus Child Study team in 2020 at Huber Street School and the Millridge School. She is enthusiastic to join the school community in her hometown and be given the opportunity to advocate for all students. 

She completed her training by earning a masters degree in educational psychology and a professional diploma in school psychology from New Jersey City University. 

Mrs. Kerry Anne Goldsack, LDT-C
Phone Number: 201-974-2010 ext.  2463   
Email Address: kgoldsack@sboe.org

 

Mrs. Goldsack is looking forward to continuing to work with the amazing staff and students of Secaucus Public Schools  as a Learning Disabilities Teaching Consultant. 

Mrs. Goldsack is entering her sixteenth year in the education field, where she began as a classroom aide and received training in the area of Applied Behavioral Analysis before moving onto teaching K-6 Resource Room, and in both General Education and Special Education settings.  She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in History from Montclair State University in 2005, earned a Masters Degree in Teaching, Dual Certification in K-6 and Students with Disabilities, as well as her New Jersey State Supervisor Certification.  Additionally, she gained training from the highly esteemed Teachers College at Columbia University in Writing as well as Balanced Literacy Training.  While attending school and working full time as a classroom teacher, Mrs. Goldsack married her husband Mark and eventually grew their family with the addition of their son Mark Vincent (8) and daughter, Abigail Brigid (5). 

Mrs. Goldsack joined the Secaucus Public Schools in April of 2015 where she worked as both a general and special educator before becoming a part of the Child Study Team.  During her time in Secaucus, Mrs. Goldsack attended a summer training institute to become Orton GIllingham trained and enrolled in Kean University to obtain her LDT-C Certification. Mrs. Goldsack considers herself a  lifelong student. Her  love of education is apparent in her own career path, as well as in the ideals she instills in the students who have grown with her. 

Ms. Dalia Lozano, School Social Worker
Phone Number: 201- 974-2010 ext 2461                  
Email Address: dlozano@sboe.org
 

Ms. Lozano is new to the Secaucus school district as she joined the team in March 2020.  Ms. Lozano earned her BSW from Ramapo College of New Jersey and her MSW from Fordham University. She has previously worked in the Wood-Ridge/Moonachie school district. Ms. Lozano’s goal is to create a safe space for her students and to ensure her students are receiving the appropriate support for academic success. She is excited to be a part of the Secaucus Child Study team at Clarendon School!

 

 

Speech Team
 
Gianna Scaglione, Speech Teacher  
(201) 974-2010 EXT 2083 
Gianna Scaglione is a Speech-Language Pathologist beginning her fourth year in the Secaucus School District. She is dedicated to providing children the necessary services to help enhance communication in the school-based environment.
 

Gianna graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology. She also received her Bachelor of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University with a major in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. 

During Gianna’s time at Penn State she took extensive coursework related to Speech Pathology in the Schools, Pediatric Speech and Language Development and Disorders, as well as Augmentative and Alternative Communication. She completed clinical rotations at Children’s Specialized Hospital, Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation, a Kindergarten through 8th grade charter school, and the University outpatient clinic. In addition she has attended many continuing education courses related Autism, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Speech Sound Disorders, and SLP Interventions in Schools.


Tricia Corey, Speech Teacher 
201-974-2025 ext. 1024 (MS/HS)
201-974-2053 ext. 1038 (Huber Street)
 

Tricia Corey is a Speech-Language Pathologist who has 11 years of experience working with the pediatric population. Prior to joining the Secaucus Public School District she worked in an outpatient pediatric rehabilitation setting where she gained experience in diagnosing and treating a variety of age groups and disorders, ranging from mild to severe. Tricia has a passion for establishing functional communication skills for both verbal and non-verbal children as well as teaching their families how to implement these strategies across all environments.  

Tricia earned her Bachelor of Science degree at James Madison University where she majored in Communication Sciences and Disorders and minored in Special Education. She earned her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Loyola University, Maryland.  She has attended numerous continuing education courses including the PROMPT method, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), and Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP).  Tricia is a dedicated professional who understands the importance of successful communication experiences for all children and is highly motivated to find the most effective ways to facilitate these interactions in the natural, school-based environments. 

 

Mrs. Melissa Koslowe, Speech Teacher
201-974-2000 Ext 1030

Melissa Koslowe is a Speech-Language Pathologist with experience working with a pediatric population in a school setting.  Melissa has been with the Secaucus Public Schools for the past 3 years providing services to students from pre-k through fifth grade with mild to severe speech and language deficits.  Over the past two years, she has specialized in working with pre-k students.  Prior to working in Secaucus, Melissa worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Newark and Union City Public Schools where she gained invaluable experience treating students from Kindergarten through fifth grade.Melissa received her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Montclair State University.  She has participated in numerous continuing education courses including training with the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Alternative and Augmentative Communication systems (AAC), Childhood Apraxia of Speech, and Feeding.
 
Melissa currently maintains her law license in New Jersey and New York. 
 
Melissa is excited for the upcoming school year in the Secaucus Public School District.  She appreciates the importance of successful communication for all children and is dedicated to providing the students with the necessary services.
 

Ms. Cathirona Fitzsimons, Speech Team 
201-674-9448
 
Cathriona Fitzsimons joined the Secaucus school team as a Speech-Language Pathologist in April 2020. In this time, she worked to create relationships with staff, parents, and students. This school year she is excited to continue providing services in both Millridge School and Clarendon Elementary School. She is passionate about providing students with the services and skills needed to best support their needs. 

Cathriona earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Montclair State University where she majored in Linguistics, minored in Communication Sciences and Disorders, as well as Child Advocacy and Policy. She earned her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from William Paterson University. Cathriona has gained experience working with both children and adults. She completed externships in an acute care unit and ICU, as well as an academic setting dedicated to special education. Cathriona also has experience working as an Early Intervention clinician providing speech services to children from birth to 3 years old, as well as providing services to children in preschool through seventh grade. 

Cathriona is excited for another great year with the Secaucus team for the upcoming school year! She hopes to work closely with both staff and parents to make this a great year.