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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. Mrs. Gadaleta joined the Secaucus school district as a school psychologist in 2018. She 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 a passion for working with students and helping to facilitate a collaborative approach to help students reach their fullest potential. She is excited for another great school year. 

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 at both the elementary and secondary levels. She currently is case manager to students at the middle and high schools. 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 levels. She is also a NJ Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) and is in the process of becoming a state Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). 


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

[email protected]

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 completed her training by earning a Master’s degree in educational psychology and a Professional Diploma in school psychology from New Jersey City University. Before her graduate studies, Ms. Moreira attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology with an education minor.


Ms. Moreira is enthusiastic to service the school community in her hometown and be given the opportunity to advocate for all students.


Mrs. Dalia Rodriguez, School Social Worker

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                       Phone Number: 201- 974-2010 ext 2461                  

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Mrs. Rodriguez is starting year three with the Secaucus school district. Mrs. Rodriguez 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. Mrs. Rodriguez' goal is to create a safe space for her students and to ensure her students are receiving the appropriate support for academic success. She offers social skills groups for our special education population and coordinates the Boy Circle afterschool program with Ms. Hensle! She is excited to continue being part of the Secaucus Child Study team at Clarendon School!


Jill Preis, LCSW, LCADC

 Secaucus Schools Student Assistance Counselor,Art Therapist, Psychoanalyst


[email protected] / 201-553-6883

Jill Preis has been employed as a Student Assistance Counselor for the Secaucus School District for many years.  She completed an MSW from Louisiana State University, a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy from the College of New Rochelle, a certificate in Process Painting, and is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor.  She utilizes her skills as a licensed clinical social worker and as an art therapist to work with students and families in Secaucus.  Jill also works with students in the capacity of a licensed substance awareness counselor in order to promote healthy lifestyles.  She maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Woodland Park, New Jersey. 

Jayne Rigg, LDT-C
Phone Number 201-974-2463

Greetings! My name is Jayne Rigg and I began my academic journey by earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science. In 1998, I veered onto an alternate path that led me to the world of education. My desire to make a positive impact on young minds inspired me to become a general education teacher. Little did I know that this decision would set me on a lifelong mission to help students with learning disabilities. The turning point came in 2008 when I earned my Teacher of Students with Learning Disabilities Certificate. Armed with this specialized knowledge, I transitioned into the role of an inclusion special education teacher, where I began working closely with Child Study Teams. This experience ignited a deep interest in me to understand the evaluation process thoroughly, allowing me to view each student as a whole, rather than just their disability. In pursuit of my commitment to providing the best support for my students, I decided to further my education and enrolled at Caldwell College, earning a Master's degree in Special Education, along with a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant certificate. This educational milestone equipped me with a wealth of knowledge and skills to cater to the unique needs of students with learning disabilities. Since 2013, I have worked in a variety of school districts, including urban, rural, and suburban settings as an LDT-C. This diversity of experiences allowed me to gain different perspectives on supporting students, irrespective of their cultural, racial, religious, or economic backgrounds. I am proud to call the Secaucus School District my new home. I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to collaborate with the vibrant and diverse community of Secaucus, where I am committed to making a positive impact on students' lives through my expertise in special education.



Speech Team
Ashley Balassone, Speech Teacher
Clarendon School
(201) 974-2010 EXT 2083 
Tricia Corey, Speech Teacher 
Clarendon School
201-974-2010 EXT 1038

Tricia Corey is a Speech-Language Pathologist who has 12 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 Language Pathologist

MillRidge School


Email: [email protected]


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 4 years providing services to students from pre-k through fifth grade with mild to severe speech and language deficits.  Over the past three 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 Therapist
Huber Street School/MillRidge School
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. 

Ashley Danger, Speech Therapist
Middle/High School