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ADMINISTRATION
LOWER & MIDDLE SCHOOL
HIGH SCHOOL
YEAR STARTED:
2020

Dr. Kara A Loftin

Head of School
  • PhD, Special Education, University of Northern Colorado
  • MEd, Special Education, Dyslexia Specialist, Fitchburg State University
  • MBA, University of Maryland, University College
  • BMus, Vocal Performance, Houghton College
Additional Certifications:
  • Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate
  • Structured Literacy™ Dyslexia Specialist (C-SLDS)
  • Wilson ® Dyslexia Therapist (WDT)
  • Reviewer, Journal for International Special Education
YEAR STARTED:
2020

Jackie Veliky

Chief Financial Officer
  • MBA, Pace University, Lubin School of Business
  • BS, Accounting, Rutgers University
Additional Certifications:
  • Certified Public Accountant
YEAR STARTED:
2007

Katie Burke

Director of Development
  • BA, English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Additional Certifications:
  • Member of AFP, CASE, NJAIS
YEAR STARTED:
2020

Mary Calvano

Executive Assistant to the Head of School
YEAR STARTED:
2004

John Chismar

Director of Technology
  • MA, Educational Technology, New Jersey City University
  • MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer), Greenville Tech
  • BS, Business Administration, West Virginia University
Additional Certifications:
  • Member of NJAIS Technology Steering Committee
YEAR STARTED:
2010

Debra Gallo

Director of Marketing and Communications
  • Debra Gallo and Associates, Inc., President
  • BA, Marketing and Communications, Berkeley
Additional Certifications:
  • Digital Marketing and Communications Certified
YEAR STARTED:
2014

Nicole Moon

Director of Admissions
  • AA, Communications, Media, Morris County College
Additional Certifications:
  • Member of NJAIS, NAIS, EMA, LDA, IDA
  • ISM Advancement Academy Certification
  • Financial Aid- School and Student Services Advisor
YEAR STARTED:
2019

Colleen Pauwels

Bookkeeper

BS, Fairleigh Dickinson University

YEAR STARTED:
2015

Johnathan Pieri

Help Desk & Audio Visual Service
  • AS, Computer Security, Lehigh Carbon Community College
YEAR STARTED:

Lindsey Skerker

Director of College Counseling and Placement
  • M.S.Ed., Educational Counseling, Monmouth University
  • B.A., History and Women's & Gender Studies, Colgate University
Additional Certifications:
  • College Advising Certificate, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Member of NACAC & NJACAC
  • Member of NJSCA & Morris County Professional Counselor Association
YEAR STARTED:
1980

Janet Cozine

Director - Lower and Middle School
  • MA, Learning Disabilities, Montclair State University
  • BA, Special Education, Rowan State University
  • LDTC- Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant
Additional Certifications:
  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities (K-12)
  • Orton-Gillingham Teacher Training
YEAR STARTED:
1996

Niles J. Furlong

Assistant Director - Lower and Middle School
  • MA, Urban Education, Administration and Supervision, New Jersey City University
  • MA, Counseling, Guidance, New Jersey City University
  • BA, Psychology, Montclair State University
Additional Certifications:
  • Principal Certification
  • Supervisor Certification
  • School Safety Specialist
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Teacher of the Handicapped
  • Teacher of Psychology
YEAR STARTED:
2011

Blair Butter

Teacher
  • MA, Teacher of Students with Disabilities, College of Saint Elizabeth
  • BA, English Writing/Elementary Education, William Paterson University
  • LDTC- Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant
Additional Certifications:
  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities
YEAR STARTED:
1995

Lauren Charniga

Teacher
  • MA, Learning Disabilities, Montclair State University
  • BA, Special Education, Elementary Education, Kutztown University
  • LDTC Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant
Additional Certifications:
  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities
YEAR STARTED:
2018

Justin Cordero

Teacher
  • BA, Public Administration, Fairleigh Dickson University
  • MA, Elementary Education, Fairleigh Dickson University
Additional Certifications:
  • Certificate Elementary K-6, Fairleigh Dickson University

Kelly Wiederlight

Teacher
  • MA, Special Education, Kean University
  • BA, Special Education, Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant, Kean University
Additional Certifications:
  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities
  • Certified in Singapore Math
YEAR STARTED:
2020

Eileen Dolan

Teacher
  • MA, Teaching Learning Disabled/Neurologically Impaired Children, NYU, NY
  • BA, Elementary Education/Special Education, Brooklyn College, NY
Additional Certifications:
  • NJ Certificate, Elementary Education
  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities
YEAR STARTED:
2017

Alessandra Edwards 

Social Clinician
  • MSW, New York University
  • BSW, Social Work/ Psychotherapy, Lehman College CUNY
Additional Certifications:
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • NJ Association of School Social Workers
  • Seminar in Field Instruction Certification
YEAR STARTED:
2020

Jessica Feldmann

Teacher
  • MS, Education, College of New Rochelle, NY
  • BA, Psychology, Bingham University, NY
Additional Certifications:
  • NJ Certification, Elementary School Teacher and Teacher of Students with Disabilities
  • NY State Certification, Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities
  • Orton-Gillingham Master Trainer
  • Certified Structed Literacy Instructor
  • Google Level Two Educator
YEAR STARTED:
2020

Anthony Finn

Teacher
  • BS, Early and Primary Teacher Education, Montclair State University
Additional Certifications:
  • NJ Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing, K-6
  • NJ Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing, Art K-12
YEAR STARTED:
2013

Laura Given

Teacher
  • BA, Early Childhood, Montclair State University
Additional Certifications:
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University Orton Scholar
  • Dyslexia Specialist, Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Orton Gillingham, Fairleigh Dickinson University
YEAR STARTED:
2000

Jennifer Guthrie

Teacher
  • MA, Educational Leadership, Montclair State University
  • BS, Family-Child Development, Virginia Tech
Additional Certifications:
  • Elementary Education Teacher
  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities
  • STEM Certified
  • Supervisor Certified
YEAR STARTED:
1985

Lynn Imperatore

Teacher
  • BS, Special Education, William Paterson University
Additional Certifications:
  • Certification, Teacher of the Handicapped, William Paterson University
  • ISME Comprehensive Orton Gillingham Training
YEAR STARTED:
2002

Cheryl Kaplan

Speech and Language Pathologist

 

  • MA, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Montclair State University
  • BA, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Teacher of Handicapped, Montclair State University
Additional Certifications:
  • Member American Speech and Hearing Association
  • Member New Jersey Speech and Hearing Association
  • Member Morris County Speech and Hearing Association
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP)
  • Supervisory Certification, Kean University

Janelle Kenny-Johnson

Teacher
  • MS, Elementary Education,  Nova Southeastern University
  • BS, Elementary Education, Nova Southeastern University
Additional Certifications:
  • ESOL Endorsement
  • ISME Comprehensive Orton Gillingham Training
YEAR STARTED:
2012

Casey Kirkpatrick

Teacher
  • BA, Sociology, Communications, Indiana University
Additional Certifications:
  • Elementary School Teacher in Grades K-6, Teacher of Social Studies
  • Alternate Route Teacher Certification Program, New Jersey City University
YEAR STARTED:
2020

Suzanne Kutcher

Teacher
  • BA, Flagler College
Additional Certifications:
  • NJ Certificate Art K-12
  • NJ Certificate Elementary Education
YEAR STARTED:
2019

Kimberly McGroarty

Administrative Assistant
  • American School of Business-certificate

Ellen Meisenbacher

School Nurse
  • BS, Nursing Science, Seton Hall University
Additional Certifications:
  • Certification, School Nurse, Caldwell College
  • New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services-Licensed Registered Nurse
  • New Jersey State School Nurses Association
YEAR STARTED:
2011

Brielle Miller

Teacher
  • MA, Education, The College of Saint Elizabeth
  • BS, Child Development, Mount Ida College
Additional Certifications:
  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities
YEAR STARTED:
2020

Beth Perry

Teacher
  • MA, Elementary Reading and Literacy, Walden University
  • BA, Special Education, William Paterson University
Additional Certifications:
  • Dyslexia Teacher, Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Dyslexia Therapist, Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities

Karen Pompilio

Teacher
  • MA, Science Education, Walden University
  • BA, Anthropology, William Paterson University
Additional Certifications:
  • Elementary Education
  • Elementary Education with Science Specialization 5-8
  • ISME Comprehensive Orton Gillingham Training
YEAR STARTED:
2012

Tracy Rosky

Teacher
  • BA, Elementary Education, William Paterson University, K-5 Certification
Additional Certifications:
  • Elementary School Teacher
YEAR STARTED:
2020

Heather Santiago

Teacher
  • BA, Special Education, Kean University
Additional Certifications:
  • Orton Gillingham Teacher Certified
  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities
YEAR STARTED:
2013

Jennifer Schilling

Teacher
  • MFA, Music, State University of New York, Purchase
  • BA, Music, Performance, Gordon College
  • AFA, Psychology, Bradford College
Additional Certifications:
  • Dyslexia Teacher, Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Dyslexia Therapist, Fairleigh Dickinson University
YEAR STARTED:
2004

Terrence Snowdon

Teacher
  • BA, University of Delaware, William Paterson University
YEAR STARTED:
2000

Linda Wallace

Teacher
  • MA, Special Education, Rutgers University
  • BA, Special Education, Kean College
Additional Certifications:
  • Dyslexia Teacher, Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Dyslexia Therapist, Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities
YEAR STARTED:

Rebecca Cristino

Speech-Language Pathologist
  • MS, Speech-Language Pathology, Misericordia University
  • BS, Health Sciences, Misericordia University
Additional Certifications:
  • Member American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Member New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA)
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP)
  • NJ Certification, Speech-Language Specialist
YEAR STARTED:

Arielle Berkley

Social Clinician
YEAR STARTED:
2021

Tracey Tlack

Drama and Social Studies Teacher
YEAR STARTED:

Catherine Pascarella

Middle School Math Faculty
YEAR STARTED:

Anastasia St. Peter

Middle School Math
YEAR STARTED:
1992

Dr. Eric M. Caparulo

Director - High School
  • Doctorate, Educational Leadership, Nova Southeastern University
  • MA, Administration, Montclair State University
  • MA, Teaching, Montclair State University
Additional Certifications:
  • Certified Principal
  • Teacher of Psychology
  • Supervisor
  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities
  • Published writer and presenter for NJIDA and NJAIS
  • Test item writer for ETS: PRAXIS Special Education
YEAR STARTED:
2011

Tiffany Brown

School Psychologist
  • Ed.S., Educational Specialist in a School and Community Psychology, Seton Hall University
  • MA, Psychological Studies, Seton Hall University
  • BA, Elementary Education, University of Hartford
Additional Certifications:
  • Certified School Psychologist, State of NJ Trained
  • Cogmed Facilitator Experienced in Social Thinking Program, leading social skills groups, behavior management, psychological assessments, and referral services
  • Counseling with students with learning disabilities, IEP development, and IEP implementation
YEAR STARTED:
2015

Paige Bank

Teacher
  • MA, School Leadership, Montclair State University,
  • MA, Reading, Montclair State University,
  • BA, Secondary English Education, University of Hartford
Additional Certifications:
  • Teacher of English
  • Reading Specialist
  • Supervisor, Principal, Superintendent
  • Google Educator Level 1 & Level 2
YEAR STARTED:
2007

Monal Bhakta

Teacher
  • BS, Biology, Rutgers University
  • BS, Environmental Policy Institutions and Behavior, Rutgers University
Additional Certifications:
  • Certified Teacher of Biology
  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities
  • Genomic Research published in National Library of Medicine
YEAR STARTED:
2011

Karen Blount

Teacher
  • BA, Education & Special Education, Lesley University
Additional Certifications:
  • Certified Teacher of Orton Gillingham
  • Teacher of the Handicapped
YEAR STARTED:
2007

Jodi Crum

Teacher
  • BA, Mathematics, College of St. Elizabeth’s
Additional Certifications:
  • Khan Academy experience
YEAR STARTED:
2016

Susan Gallagher

Teacher
  • MA, Education,  The College of New Jersey
  • BA, Secondary Education Specialization in English, Caldwell University
Additional Certifications:
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Teacher of English
  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities
  • Disabilities Member of Honor Societies including: Alpha Chi, Sigma Tau Delta, Kappa Delta Epsilon
YEAR STARTED:
2006

Jeffrey Jacobs

Teacher
  • MA, Education and Special Education, Montclair State University
  • MA, Teaching, Montclair State University
  • BA, Graphic Arts Communications, Carnegie Mellon University
Additional Certifications:
  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities
  • Teacher of Social Studies
  • Business Specialist, Mentor & Training Facilitator, Apple Store Short Hills
YEAR STARTED:
2002

Daniel Marchioni

Teacher
  • BA, William Patterson University
Additional Certifications:
  • Certified Teacher of Spanish
  • Certified Teacher of Italian
  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities
YEAR STARTED:
2017

Sean Norton

Physical Education and Health
  • BA, Fairleigh Dickinson University
Additional Certifications:
  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities
YEAR STARTED:
2000

James Caldwell Simpson

Teacher
  • MA, Special Education, Montclair State University
  • BS, Physics and Chemistry, Univ. of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Post Graduate Studies in Education, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Additional Certifications:
  • Teacher of Students with Learning Disabilities,
  • MSUNJ Highly Qualified Status in Physics, Chemistry, Physical Science
  • Certified Teacher of Physics, Chemistry, Physical Science, Earth Science,
YEAR STARTED:
2016

Kate Tartaglia

Visual and Performing Arts
  • BA, Art Education, Kean University, Lambda Alpha Sigma (Academic Honors)
Additional Certifications:
  • Certified NJ Teacher of Art
YEAR STARTED:
2004

Deborah Maas 

Administrative Assistant
  • Indian River Community College
  • Executive Secretary, Floresta Elementary School, Florida
  • Guidance Clerk, Ft. Pierce Central High School, Florida
YEAR STARTED:
2019

Deborah Mershimer

School Nurse
  • BS, Nursing, McNeese State University
Additional Certifications:
  • School Nurse, Life School, Lancaster TX
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Each member of The Craig School staff holds the following certifications and memberships.

  • International Dyslexia Association
  • Learning Disabilities Association
  • CPR Certified
  • Mind Up-LS/MS
  • Project Read Report Form- LS/MS
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