Gaetan Pappalardo has been teaching third grade at Green-Fields School in West Deptford, NJ for eighteen years. In 2011, he received the Governor’s Recognition Award for Green-Fields School and was also the West Deptford’s School District’s Teacher of the Year.
In the summer of 2007, he attended the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project’s summer writing institute at West Chester University and has been active as a teacher consultant and collaborator ever since. Along with various consulting jobs, he’s coordinated and taught at Young Writers/Readers summer camps and has also been a visiting author. He helped create and launch PAWLP’s blog, Write-Share-Connect at www.pawlp.org and sporadically writes and tweets for the organization. After the writing project, he went on to receive his Master’s Degree in English at West Chester University, with a concentration in teaching, writing, and criticism.
Gaetan Pappalardo has presented and performed with author, teacher, and entertainer, Barry Lane, at various writing workshops and national and local conventions. He interned at The Global Teacher Award’s 2015 recipient, Nancie Atwell’s Center for Teaching and Learning in Edgecombe, Maine in 2011, shadowing teacher, author, and musician Ted DeMille. Ted’s book, Making Believe on Paper, is a must read for teaching fiction to first and second graders.
Pappalardo currently blogs and facilitates social media for Edutopia.org: The George Lucas Education Foundation. He overseas the 3rd to 5th grade community, concentrating on behavior management, differentiated instruction, and ELA. He manages conversations on Edutopia.org, Facebook, and Twitter. You can read his posts here: https://www.edutopia.org/user.
Gaetan has two children’s book in circulation and are available on Amazon –– Louie Licks and the Wicked Snakes: Battleaxe and The Gift of Guitar.
Patricia ‘Patti’ Haider is a Certified Speech Language Pathologist with 21 years of experience in the public school setting. She received her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. Patti is certified through the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. She has experience working with children with articulation, fluency, language and voice disorders.
Patti understands the importance of communication skills and the impact these skills have on a child’s learning success. She is passionate about assisting children achieve their communication potential.
Robin Folino, MS, CCC-SLP has been a Speech and Language Pathologist for over 23 years. She attended Montclair State University for her Bachelors of Arts in Communication Sciences and Social Disorders. She attended Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts for her Masters of Science in Speech and Language Pathology. She has been a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association since 1994. She has held Board Certification in South Carolina, California, Indiana, and for the New Jersey Board of Education since 2004. She began her career with a focus on the rehabilitation of adult speech and language disorders for Sundance Rehabilitation Services in Lynn, Massachusetts. Robin was presented with an opportunity to provide services for both adults and children of various ages and disorders at the Southern New Hampshire Regional Medical Center in Nashua, New Hampshire in May of 1995. This hospital provided inpatient and outpatient services for adults and children. She participated in Barium Swallow Studies alongside the radiologists regularly. She performed bedside evaluations, child speech and language evaluations, fluency therapy, voice therapy, articulation and language therapy for adults and children suffering from various disorders.
In 1997, she was able develop her clinical experience with adult and child populations while fulfilling her desire to travel and experience various settings and cultures throughout the United States by joining a team of traveling Speech Pathologists. Robin was a contracted Speech and Language Pathologist in rehabilitation settings in Columbia, South Carolina, at the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital in Hollywood, California, and at the Preschool program for the Hammond Public Schools in Hammond, Indiana during the next two and a half years. During that time, she realized her passion for therapy was with the school age population in public school settings.
Robin then proceeded to pursue a permanent position at the Georgetown Public schools in Georgetown, South Carolina where she had begun to travel. The southern culture and environment assisted Robin in developing her clinical skills to include a greater knowledge, understanding, and application for dialectic differences. After the birth of her first and only child, Robin acknowledged the need to return home to her family of origin in the state where she had attended school as a child herself. New Jersey advertised for many positions in Speech Pathology, but by this time Robin had determined that the Linwood Elementary School position would provide the richest environment for further developing her Speech and Language skills in the areas of autism, apraxia, and Down Syndrome. There she participated in co-treatment of preschool and elementary school aged children with the occupation therapist, behavior therapist, educational aides, and teachers in social/friendship groups, lunch buddy programs, and inclusion activities in the various classrooms.
In 2011, Robin was relocated to Woodbury with her husband and daughter due to his career demands. After two years of commuting to the shore, West Deptford Elementary Schools offered Robin a position on their Child Study Team. She began her first year there with the development of the Friendship group that was held after school while funding was available for those services. She has since pursued a deeper knowledge of Phonologic and Auditory Processing Disorders and their impact on reading skills in the third and fourth grade population by attending various workshops and seminars provided by the Association of Speech and Hearing Association, the Bureau of Education, and speechpathology.com. Robin’s interest in the subject led her to consult with Dr. Elise Wajid, who also provides intervention to some of her same students. Dr. Wajid’s passion for this topic and her vision to create a place like “Between the Lines” peaked Robin’s desire to become part of her dream and provide quality individual and group services to children with speech and language disorders in a cooperative learning environment.
Adina C. Kline, M.A. CCC-SLP, is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist with 17 years of experience working with the pediatric population. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Spanish in 1996. In 1997, she began working as a 1:1 assistant with young children with autism where she received on-the-job training in applied behavior instructional methodologies, including Discrete Trial Instruction, task analysis, motivational and reinforcement systems, picture schedules for helping with transition, activity schedules to foster independence, and PECS® (Picture Exchange Communication System). This experience led her to discover the field of speech-language pathology. She received her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from The College of New Jersey in 2002.
Adina has varied experience working in multiple pediatric settings, including public schools, Early Intervention, and private practice. She has worked with children of all ages, with a concentration in Early Childhood (ages 1-7). She has treated children with various difficulties, including children with global delays, motor speech disorders, feeding disorders, autism, cerebral palsy, and Down Syndrome. She has provided evaluation and treatment for a multitude of pediatric speech and language disorders including articulation/phonological disorders, deficits in phonological awareness, language disorders of semantics, syntax, and pragmatics, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, auditory disabilities, and fluency disorders. Adina spent 4 years working in a school program for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. To further her knowledge of American Sign Language, she completed two ASL courses at Gloucester County College from 2004-2005. She also attended professional study group meetings at CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) as part of their cochlear implant program, as well as multiple professional workshops related to the communication needs of the deaf/hard-of-hearing population. In her Early Intervention experience, Adina has worked closely with families and stresses the importance of parent support and teaching caregivers how to incorporate speech and language practice into their daily routines for faster acquisition and carry-over of skills.
Adina truly is passionate about helping children to improve their communication skills. She has a strong desire to engage in professional development activities that help her learn new and better ways to help her clients. She has attended training workshops presented by well-known professionals in the field of speech-language pathology, including Lori Frost (PECS®), Michelle Garcia-Winner (Social Thinking® -pragmatic language), Lori Overland (Talk Tools® – sensory-motor feeding therapy), Nancy Kaufman (apraxia), Pamela Marshalla (apraxia/dysarthria), and MaryKay Therres (co-author of AuSpLan (Auditory Speech Language): A Manual for Professionals Working with Children who have Cochlear Implants or Amplification – auditory training).
Adina is the mother of three school-aged children, two of which have learning disabilities. As a seasoned professional and a parent of children with learning disabilities, she has a unique perspective and understanding of the challenges that families face when trying to help their children obtain appropriate and effective educational services. She has been a strong advocate for her own children as well as for the families of her clients.
Ms. Christina Strange has been a Special Education Teacher in Monroe Township School District for four years. After receiving her B.S. in Elementary and Special Education at Rowan University in 2013, she went on to receive her Wilson Reading Certification. Through this journey she has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of students, staff, and parents to develop strategies on how to make her students and teaching successful. She continues to learn new literacy trends through her school district and professional development opportunities. This helps her adapt and add them to her teaching strategies.
In 2015, Christina received her Wilson Reading Certification. The Wilson Reading Program provides instruction for even the most struggling reader. The program is multi-sensory using visual, auditory and kinesthetic senses to provide intense instruction to small groups or an individual. The program ensures reading and spelling success is achieved through its provided curriculum. The program also provides extended reading passages to increase fluency and comprehension mastery.
Over the past summer 2017, Christina joined Autism on the Seas as a volunteer. This national organization allowed her to accommodate the typical cruise services on a vacation for adults and families living with children with Special Needs. This included, but not limited to, Autism, Down Syndrome, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and other Related Disabilities. She was able to continue to help and assist children and adults.
By Christina being a part of the Between the Lines team, she will be able to continue her passion and help promote and foster a lifelong love of reading. She is excited to share her enthusiasm for literacy with more children and families hereon.
Christina Parker has been an educator in the Monroe Township School District for the past 7 years. During those seven years she has been a basic skills instructor and a kindergarten teacher. Christina graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2009 with a Masters in the Art of Teaching (MAT).
While providing basic skills interventions to students she became certified in the Wilson Reading Program, and has held this certificate for the past 5 years. Obtaining a certification in the Wilson reading program has allowed Ms. Parker to develop an in depth knowledge of language structure and diagnostic instructional techniques. Providing multisensory phonics instruction has become her passion, and she is committed to ensuring that all students master the phonological code.
Fostering a love of learning in her students at a young age is something Christina is very proud of. She finds there is nothing more rewarding than having former students come back to visit, remembering their time spent in her classroom. Christina is excited to be able to lend her skills and talents to a new population of students at Between the Lines!
Jane Conroy is a certified Dyslexia Specialist with 8 years of working as a Special Education Teacher. After graduating from Wilmington University with a B.S in Elementary Education/ Special Education, Jane went on to teach Language Arts and Math for grades K-4. In May of 2017, Jane graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University as a Dyslexia Specialist. She also holds a certification through the International Dyslexia Association and meets the requirements of knowledge and experience for effective reading instruction. During these experiences, she has chosen to help children in many ways, such as serving on the Intervention and Referral Services Team, Literacy Committee, Teacher Academy, Response to Intervention interventionist, facilitating professional development, and developing curriculum and assessments.
Jane is continuously seeking new professional development opportunities and researching best practices to implement with her students. She is constantly reflecting and working towards improving her instruction so all of her students succeed. She is truly eager and fortunate to be working with children at Between the Lines.
Cynthia Davidson is a licensed clinical social worker who has specialized in work with children and families for 20+ years. She earned a BA in Psychology from Penn State University, and went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. Cynthia has always had a passion for connecting with families and providing support through counseling, education, and direct service. After initially working in child abuse prevention, Cynthia was drawn to the field of education and earned her School Social Worker Certification. While working in an out of district school for children with emotional and behavioral challenges, she began to understand and relate to school age children in a new and different way. This knowledge was particularly helpful when Cynthia began working in public school education, where she has worked for the past 15 years. As the School Counselor of a K-4 elementary school, Cynthia provided individual and group counseling, parent training, crisis intervention, and school-wide behavioral supports. After a decade in the role of School Counselor, Cynthia made a shift within the district and began working on the Child Study Team, as well serving as a member of the Intervention Services Team and 504 Committee. Having the opportunity to work with students from preschool to high school, she has gained in-depth knowledge of the IEP process, special education law and code, and academic and behavioral interventions to assist struggling students.
Young children today face a myriad of challenges that interfere with optimal functioning both at home and at school. Anxiety, depression, issues with body image, bullying, learning disabilities, and many other factors may all play a role for a child who is struggling emotionally or academically. Addressing these issues with appropriate academic interventions, emotional support, and communication with the school district is the most effective way to help a child find happiness and school success.
Rachel Ricci is currently working as a certified learning disabilities teacher consultant (LDT-C) on a child study team and has a background in special education. Rachel obtained Bachelor degrees in both special and elementary education from Monmouth University in 2007, and went on to teach special education in a learning language classroom setting for students in grades first through third. Rachel experienced a wide range of learning needs while teaching and decided to further her expertise in learning disabilities by pursuing a Master’s degree in learning disabilities through Rowan University. She also pursued the opportunity to become a certified Wilson Language System teacher and utilized this training to teach Wilson reading to students in her classroom. She was recognized as Teacher of the Year for her work in the classroom. Rachel continued her post graduate studies and later obtained a certificate as a learning disabilities teacher consultant. She transitioned from the role of teacher into the role of a learning consultant on the child study team, where she has been working for the past seven years. The responsibilities of this role have included identifying student strengths versus areas of need, conducting learning evaluations, test interpretation, consultation with staff and parents and determining educational programming to best meet student needs. Rachel is excited to be able to complete learning evaluations for children at Between the Lines and be a consulting member to support the learning needs of students.
Joanna Smollock has been a General Education teacher for the past nine years. Joanna earned her B.A. from Montclair State University in Elementary Education (Kindergarten to 5th Grade). She started her career in Evesham Township serving as a first grade teacher for three years at Florence Evans Elementary School and Richard Rice Elementary School. Joanna then moved on to Greenfields Elementary School in West Deptford, where she was a Kindergarten teacher for five years. After enjoying five wonderful years with her Kindergarteners, Joanna spent one year as a Literacy Coach at Greenfields Elementary. In this position Joanna was able to focus on intense, literacy based instruction for groups of two to six students. Joanna has received training in Developmental Reading Assessment, Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills, and Leveled Literacy Intervention.
At this time, Joanna has taken a break from teaching full time in a public school setting after giving birth to her baby boy in December of 2017. She has spent her career as an advocate for her students and is looking forward to the opportunity to bring her expertise and love of children to the families at Between The Lines.
Colleen Moran is a certified school psychologist with over 20 years of experience working with students in preschool through twelfth grade, including children exiting early intervention services and students with disabilities through age 21.
After graduating from Villanova University with a Master of Science degree in counseling and human relations, Colleen worked as a certified school counselor in a preschool through eighth grade setting in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In this capacity, she quickly recognized the toll that weakly developed reading skills can have on a child’s confidence and sense of self, prompting her to earn an Education Specialist degree at Rowan University and become a school psychologist. As a school psychologist, Colleen has been empowered to help identify learning differences and disabilities at an early age and to collaborate with teachers and other educational staff to develop effective and efficient plans for addressing them. Working as a school psychologist has given Colleen a tremendous opportunity to work with a wide range of amazing learners — some chomping at the bit to learn and others seeking desperately to avoid anything that could be construed as learning — until they learned how to unlock their own unique and remarkable style for doing so.
In addition to helping identify and therefore positively influencing learning differences and disabilities, Colleen has conducted psychological evaluations to support accommodations for the College Board’s SAT; to provide information to assist in the diagnosis of a variety of neurological and psychological conditions; and to help parents, students and teachers to understand how a student’s cognitive profile, learning style, disposition, and diagnosis as applicable is likely to affect his or her learning. She has also taught at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, as well as facilitated foreign student advising, study abroad advising, and in-home behavior intervention. Her diverse experiences have provided her with the professional background to support her understanding and appreciation of all types of learners and their unique needs.
Between the Lines provides an amazing opportunity to tailor each psychological evaluation to each learner’s unique questions, concerns and needs.