Special Education

Special Education At Troy Hills Elementary School

        Children

All students with disabilities who require special education services have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). The IEP, which is created by a team that includes you, the parent; contains information about your child's interests, strengths, needs, goals, and educational program. It is a legal document that describes how the District will provide a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). 

Here at Troy Hills we are proud to offer the following Special Education Class Models: In Class Support via a Co - Teaching model, pull out resource replacement and various levels (classes) for students with multiple disabilities. 

Our Teachers: 

Miss Catania: 

Hi, I’m Miss Catania, a primary multiple disabilities teacher at Troy Hills Elementary School! This is my first year at Troy Hills Elementary and I am so excited to be a part of such an amazing community. I have earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a dual certification in Special Education Pre-K-8th grade and Regular Education Pre-K-4th grade. My New Jersey certification is in Pre-School-3rd grade for both Regular and Special Education. I knew I wanted to be a teacher my entire life but it was when I was in high school and helping out in our Life Skills classroom that I knew I wanted to become a Special Education teacher. My little brother had disabilities so I have been around Special Education my entire life and am extremely passionate about it. After graduating from Kutztown, I was a paraprofessional in multiple Special Education settings and classrooms for 4 years; I was also a Head Start teacher for a brief period of time in Pennsylvania. I decided to move to New Jersey and after about a year of living here, I accepted a job in the Parsippany-Troy Hills School District as a 1:1 paraprofessional and am very proud to have been offered my current position here at Troy Hills. I am excited to help foster independence in my students throughout the year! When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy listening to music, reading, and exploring new places. 

Miss Goodhand: 

Miss Greenzweig

Mrs. Lopez: Hi! My name is Christina Lopez and I am currently a Resource Room teacher for grades K-2. I teach younger students Reading, Writing and Math. I enjoy working alongside students’ classroom teachers to make sure we are helping them to be successful throughout the day and across all settings.

I have been teaching in Parsippany for 18 years and have been at Troy Hills School for the past 8 years. I previously taught at Central Middle School. I graduated from William Paterson University with a degree in Special Education. I earned my Masters in the Art of Teaching through Marygrove College. I’m certified to teach both special education and elementary education, and in the state of NJ I am Highly qualified to teach Science and Language Arts. I also have 55 hours of training through the Institute of Multisensory Education.

 The best part of working with young children is seeing their tremendous growth from the beginning of the year. My students make me smile every day. My goal as their teacher is for each of them to grow in every way. I’ve always felt academics are important, but I teach my students it’s even more important to be a kind and loving friend to others.

 Outside of the classroom my life is pretty busy. I have been married for 20 years and have three daughters (Ariana 19, Gabriela 15 and Sophia 13). I have two adorable dogs (Koda and Duncan) and a beautiful Persian cat named Luna. Can you tell I adore animals?  The highlight of my week is volunteering at SOS Cat Rescue in Rockaway.

Miss Visoskas: Hi, I am Miss Visoskas, a Resource Room Teacher at Troy Hills Elementary School. To begin, I grew up in Parsippany and went through the Parsippany- Troy Hills School District. Following high school, I attended Centenary University and graduated with my Dual Degree in General Education (K-6) and Teacher of Students with Disabilities (K-12). While at Centenary University I student taught in Long Valley then became a substitute. After graduating, I taught 4th grade in Jersey City. This is my first year working in Troy Hills and have enjoyed teaching in multiple grade levels and classroom environments. As a teacher I find it essential to meet the needs of all students while incorporating manipulatives to create a fun, educational experience. In my spare time I enjoy waking up early on Saturday and Sunday’s to watch my favorite soccer team, Arsenal. I also spend a majority of time with my family, going on hikes, and reading.

Miss Axt: Hi!  I am Miss Axt, a Resource Room Teacher here at Troy Hills School.  I attended Grove City College in Pennsylvania where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.  Soon after, I attended Jersey City State College where I earned my Teacher of the Handicapped Certification.  Before my journey at T.H.S., I taught in the Resource Room in a K-6 Elementary School in Bergen County in the town of Waldwick. I then took some time off to be home to raise my 3 children. Once all my children were in school, I was happy to be offered a maternity leave position here at T.H.S in the Resource Room. Taking that position then led to a 3-year position teaching a 5th grade general education classroom. Since then, I have taught Special Education in the Resource Room. What I love most about teaching Special Education is that I am able to work with students in a small group setting, which allows me to provide more individualized instruction, as well as learn so much about each student’s desires, needs and interests. I also have the privilege of co-teaching classes with some amazing teachers here at Troy Hills School. I learn a lot from the teachers that I co-teach with and enjoy the interaction with the classroom students as well.  Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking with my Rottweiler, exercising and gardening.


Mr. Toriello

Mrs. Jablonka:

Hi, I am Mrs. Jablonka and I am a Resource Teacher at Troy Hills Elementary School.  I have a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education from Long Island University and a Master of Science in Special Education from Hofstra University.   I taught in New York before moving to N.J. I worked in various positions at Troy Hills for the past eight years before settling into my present position as Resource Teacher. My goal is that when my students move on to middle school, they keep their enthusiasm for learning and continue to work to their fullest potential.  I enjoy riding my bike, gardening, hiking, and walking my dog.

 


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