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.
Gina Marucci is a certified speech-language pathologist with 5 years of experience working in the public school system. She began her field of study at the Richard Stockton College of NJ, now Stockton University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, along with minors in holistic health and gerontology. Afterwards, she attended Gallaudet University, an institution of learning, teaching and research for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, where she obtained a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology along with furthering her knowledge of American Sign Language. Her education and clinical experience have focused on Speech-Language Pathology within the schools. She has worked in unique environments such as a private school for students with language-based learning difficulties, an independent school for children with hearing loss, and a private K-12 special needs school before finding her home in the Washington Township Public School district.
She is passionate about helping others communicate and is excited to begin her journey working with individuals at Between the Lines!
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.
Ann DeMareo-Smith is a Reading Specialist with ELL experience, Teacher of the Handicapped, and a WilsonÂ® Dyslexia Practitioner since 2003. With 20 years teaching experience in the public school setting, Ann has also tutored all ages, from early elementary to adults (striving for their GED and beyond) in reading, writing, fluency, comprehension, study skills, vocabulary, and elementary math strategies.
Ann comes to the field of education with an artist’s eye; having previously worked as a commercial artist after graduating from Hussian School of Art, Philadelphia, PA., and a social worker’s heart for helping others learn as fast as they can and as slow as they need to. Ann loves to tease out and weave in the most effective visual, auditory, kinesthetic, tactile strategies in each individual in how they learn best, so they see themselves as lifelong learners capable of more than they realize.
Barbara Donisi has been a Special Education Teacher in the Monroe Township School District for the past 16 years. Currently, Barbara is a Wilson Reading Teacher for 7th-grade. She has experience working with a variety of children ranging from those with learning disabilities to children with Autism and other intellectual disabilities. Barbara graduated from Holy Family University in 2003 with a Masters in the Art of Teaching (MAT), with a Special Education Certification.
In 2016, Barbara became a Dyslexia Practitioner, and a Dyslexia Therapist in 2019. She was introduced to Fundations and the Wilson Reading Program when her school district began implementing the program 8 years ago, and she was so impressed with the progress her students were making that she decided to get additional training. Barbara’s favorite part of the Wilson Reading Program is seeing the dramatic change in her student’s love for reading. With the help of the Wilson Reading Program, she has seen kids who once detested reading walk out of her classroom with a newfound love for books.
Barbara is a passionate educator who is committed to helping her students learn to read. She is constantly seeking out new educational opportunities to enhance her teaching abilities and provide the best experience for her students. Barbara is grateful for the opportunity to work with students at Between the Lines, and she is eager to foster growth and a passion for reading in her students!
Diana Lambert is a New Jersey dual-certified teacher in both English and Special Needs, and has been teaching high school and middle school for 13 years. She has a wide range of experience with all students from grades 6 through 12, and Self-Contained through AP English. She is also highly involved in leadership positions at her school, including a school initiative for reading intervention programs in self-contained classes. Prior to secondary teaching, she was a college adjunct professor specializing in reading and writing interventions.
Diana earned her MFA in fiction and is an award-winning published author of several short stories and an academic book on Virginia Woolf, and has headed panels at several national writing conventions. She also works privately as an SAT/ACT tutor and college coach, where she specializes in helping all students achieve their dreams.
A proud mother of five adult children, Diana brings both experience and enthusiasm to facilitating learning and success!
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.