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The department's goal is to provide students with a free, appropriate, public education in the least restrictive environment. A full continuum of Special Education services is available including in-class support, self-contained classes, and resource programs. The full array of services includes psychological, education and social services; speech, physical and occupational therapy. Caring, creative, highly qualified special educators continuously assess programs and make modifications and accommodations based on the students’ individual needs. Staff members are committed to providing the tools that will enable students to become successful and independent in the classroom and out in the community.

Teaneck Public Schools offers in class support classes in grades 5-12 for students to be educated in the least restrictive environment. That model of delivery is a team-teaching approach that uses highly qualified special education and general education teachers. It enables classified students to participate in regular education classes to the maximum extent possible. Teaneck Public Schools also offers inclusion services in kindergarten, and in grades 1-4 at one of the elementary schools.  This model of delivery enables classified students to participate in regular education classes to the maximum extent possible.

Self-contained special education classes are available, grades Pre-K-12, for students who need intensive support and/or more than a half day of replacement instruction. The self-contained class provides a small, structured, nurturing and highly individualized environment with one teacher for all areas of instruction. 

Multiply Disabled/Autism programs are offered in grades PreK-Grade 12 in Teaneck Public Schools with small student/teacher ratios and opportunities for community based instruction and mainstreaming opportunities. There is an emphasis on parent support and training so parents can work with their students socially, emotionally, and academically.

Resource Programs in grades K-12 provide students with direct instruction in substantive content areas (replacement classes), or support instruction to assist them in their mainstream course work via resource centers.

Transitional Counseling assists secondary-level classified students to identify their post-secondary goals, whether in employment or continuing education. Linkages are established with adult community agencies, such as:

New Jersey Division for Vocational Rehabilitation - http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/roles/disable/
and Department for Developmental Disabilities - http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ddd/home/about/

Students also receive advice prior to high school graduation on tuition reimbursement for college or technical schools, housing possibilities, legal and medical services, etc. Through Interest Inventories and Profiles, job-shadowing and mentoring, students gain insight into their strengths and weaknesses, and develop those skills that lead to self-advocacy.

Information on parent workshops, the Teaneck SEPAG (Special Education Parent Advisory Group) meetings, Parent Websites, Parent Resources, and other information are listed on the Specialized Services eboard at sbeckford.teaneckschools.site.eboard.com.
Name Title Telephone
Erica Cerilli-Levine Director of Special Education & Nursing Services (201) 833-5490
Shellian Mirander
Assistant Director of Special Education (201) 833-5490
Amanda Viera Secretary (201) 833-5491
Alia Sterns
Secretary (201) 833-5133
Delia Pomales Secretary  (201) 833-5482 
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