Special Education

Special Education At Troy Hills Elementary School


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:

Hi, I’m Mrs. Caparoni, 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. 

Hello! My name is Ms. Goodhand and I am currently one of the Primary Multiple Disabilities teachers at Troy-Hills school. This is my 6th year in this position and before that I worked in the Primary Autism class at Littleton for 5 years. I graduated from New York University with a degree in early childhood and early childhood special education.

After completing my first student teaching placement in one of New York City’s elementary public special education schools I knew that I wanted to be a Special Education teacher. I learned a great deal from the teachers there and have been able to use those lessons throughout my teaching carrier. However, I believe that along with the students that I learn daily. They help me grow as a teacher and I use that to guide me in my instruction.

What I love most is to watch my students grow and to see that look on their faces when they first understand something and become more confident in themselves and in their learning. Whether it be academically, socially, emotionally or anywhere in between, each success makes me incredibly proud of all of my students.

Outside of school I enjoy hiking, kayaking, and exploring new places with my fiancé. 

Hi! My name is Mrs.  Lopez and I am currently a MD teacher for grades 3-5.
I have been teaching in Parsippany for 20 years and have been at Troy Hills School for the past 10 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 22 years and have three daughters (Ariana 21, Gabriela 17 and Sophia 15). I have two adorable dogs (Odin 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.

Mrs. Birge

Hi I am Ms. Ricca and I teach Primary LLD here at Troy Hills. This is my 3rd year teaching and I am beyond happy to be part of this community. I have earned my Bachelor's Degree in K-6 Education and Sociology at Saint Peter's University. I also received my Masters in Special Education and Applied Behavioral Analysis. While I was going to school for my Masters, I substituted in Bloomingdale Public Schools. 

What I truly enjoy about my job is watching the students become and grow into their own person. As I give them the learning tools and academic part of life, I love watching them use it and problem solve on their own. They teach me more than I teach them. 

Outside of school I enjoy walking my dog Jax, hiking, visiting the beach in the summer, and traveling. I do love to attend country concerts, New York Yankee baseball games, and New York Giant football games. 

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