• Meet the FRSD Child Study Team Members

     100 Everitts Road

    Ringoes, New Jersey 08551

    Tel:  (908) 284-7680 Fax:  (908) 284-7685



    School Psychologists

    Donna Stanic, School Psychologist

    Donna Stanic

    School Psychologist (RFIS)

    (908) 284-7516

    E-mail ID: donna.stanic


    Donna Stanic is a School Psychologist at Reading-Fleming Intermediate School.  Donna received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Montclair State University.  She also attended Seton Hall University, where she received a Master’s degree in Psychological Studies, an Educational Specialist degree in School and Community Psychology, and a Doctorate degree in Higher Education.  Prior to joining the Flemington-Raritan Regional School District, Donna worked as a School Psychologist and Case Manager for the Montville Township Public Schools.  Donna is passionate about advocating for her students and strives to help students develop the skills they need to achieve their own individual goals.  


    Melissa Ozoria

    School Psychologist (JPC)

    (908) 284-7634

    E-mail ID: melissa.ozaria


    Melissa Ozoria is a bilingual Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Prior to joining Flemington-Raritan School District she worked in Union and High Bridge New Jersey.  Melissa received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kean University and Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with a School Psychology Certification from Montclair University. 

    As a school psychologist and case manager she has helped students succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. She takes pride in advocating for her students and to collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to provide a supportive learning environment.  Melissa will be case managing students at J.P. Case Middle School.


    Catherine Pate

    School Psychologist (CH, FAD)

    (908) 284-7680

    E-mail ID: catherine.pate

    Catherine Pate has been working as a school psychologist and case manager in the state of New Jersey since 2008.  She graduated from Marist College in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Special Education, including a dual elementary teaching certificate in general and special education.  In 2008, Catherine graduated Kean University with a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Psychology and a Professional Diploma in School Psychology.  She joined the Flemington-Raritan Regional School District in December 2018, after having worked in the North Plainfield School District for over ten years.  Currently, Catherine provides services to the Copper Hill Elementary School, Francis A. Desmares Elementary School, and Preschool Child Study Teams.

    Mary Rizk

    Mary Rizk

    School Psychologist (CH - Autism)

    (908) 284-7680

    E-mail ID: mary.rizk


    Mary Rizk has been working as a School Psychologist since 2013.  She as previously worked in Brooklyn, NY for 5 years before moving to NJ where she has case managed for approximately 2 years. 


    Mary received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Robert's Wesleyan College and attended Queens College, City University of New York where she obtained her Specialist degree in School Psychology.  Her dedication to supporting students and families with their individual needs are at the epicenter of her work 

    Lauren Smith

    Lauren Smith

    School Psychologist (BS, RH)

    (908) 284-7634

    E-mail ID: lauren.smith

    Lauren Smith is a School Psychologist and Case Manager at Robert Hunter Elementary School and Barley Sheaf Elementary School.  Lauren received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rowan University, and attended Georgian Court University for Graduate School, where she obtained a Masters degree and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in School Psychology. Prior to coming to Flemington Raritan School District, she served as a School Psychologist in Hillsborough and Clinton Township.  Lauren’s background includes over three years of direct care for individuals coping with chronic mental illness. Lauren uses a whole child approach and is passionate about supporting students and families to help make a lasting impact on their lives!



    Laura Newman

    Laura Newman

    School Psychologist (RH)

    (908) 284-7634

    E-mail ID: laura.newman

    Laura Newman joins the Child Study Team at Robert Hunter Elementary School on April 9th. Ms. Newman has worked as a school psychologist over the past thirty-nine years with children from preschool through high school. The last fifteen years, she served in the position as Director of Special Education. During Ms. Rogers's leave of absence, Ms. Newman will support students on her caseload. She has taken the necessary steps to already acclimate herself to the students! She can be reached via email at laura.newman@frsd.us.

    School Social Workers


    Megan Appello

    School Social Worker, Homelessness Liaison (CH, FAD)

    (908) 284-7680

    E-mail ID: megan.appello

    Megan Appello started her career in Social Work in 2006 after completing her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Ramapo College of New Jersey.  For four years, Megan worked at the Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children.  Megan graduated from Monmouth University in 2010 with a Master's Degree in Social Work.   She returned to The Somerset Home for a year before working in the Dunellen Public School District for the last six years.   

    Megan joined the Flemington-Raritan School District in March of 2018.



    Courtney Boyd-Moscowitz

    School Social Worker, homelessness liaison (RFIS)

    (908) 284-7523

    E-mail ID: courtney.moscowitz

    Courtney Boyd-Moscowitz is a School Social Worker and a member of the Child Study Team at Reading-Fleming Intermediate School. Courtney earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Montclair State University and her Master of Social Work degree from New York University. She is licensed by the State of New Jersey as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and holds a New Jersey Educational Services Certificate with a School Social Worker endorsement. Courtney’s education and career have always focused on her passion for working with children and families. She has been working in the field of education for over fifteen years. Prior to working as a School Social Worker, Courtney worked in various agencies and shelters providing support and therapeutic services to those in need. 

    Rachel Colonna

    Rachel Colonna

    School Social Worker, homelessness liaison (Preschool, CH)

    (908) 284-7680

    E-mail: rachel.colonna

    Rachel Colonna earned her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Ramapo College of New Jersey and her Master's Degree in Social Work from Fordham University.  She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor with 10 years of school based service experience.  Since 2016, Rachel has proudly worked in the Flemington-Raritan School District, with the goal of enhancing student emotional well-being and improving academic performance through individualized and supportive services. 


    Marissa Geist

    School Social Worker, homelessness liaison (JPC)

    (908) 284-5121

    E-mail: marissa.geist

    Marissa Geist earned her Bachelor's Degree in Family and Child Studies with a concentration in Family Services from Montclair State University in May 2018. She also received her Master's in Social Work from Rutgers University in 2020. She currently maintains a certificate in Child Advocacy and a certificate in Promoting Child and Adolescent Well-Being. Marissa is licensed by the State of New Jersey as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). 


    Before coming to the Flemington-Raritan School District, Marissa worked at a private school for two years in Somerset County, providing therapeutic services to young children and adolescents. Marissa then worked in the district as a leave replacement during the 2020-2021 school year at Copper Hill and Francis A. Desmares Elementary Schools. As of the 2021-2022 school year, Marissa began working as a CST member and school social worker at JP Case Middle School. Marissa is passionate about supporting and empowering students both in and out of their academic settings to excel academically, socially, and emotionally. 


    Melissa Rogers

    School Social Worker, homelessness liaison (RH)

    (908) 284-7638

    E-mail: melissa.rogers

    Melissa Rogers is a School Social Worker and excited to join the Child Study Team at Robert Hunter Elementary. Melissa received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Coastal Carolina University and earned her Masters of Social Work with a concentration in families and children from Monmouth University. Melissa has over ten years’ experience with working with children, families and individuals in alternative based private schools as an agent of support and guidance. Her professional life includes a commitment to serving the needs of children and families as a School Social Worker. She uses many modalities and interventions to help those in need, including play therapy being her best suit. She is a lifelong learner inspired by the abundance of opportunities available to broaden and enrich the lives of her students.   



    Renee Taft

    School Social Worker, homelessness liaison (BS)

    (908) 284-7634

    E-mail: renee.taft

    Renee Taft is a school social worker at Barley Sheaf Elementary School.  She attended Rutgers University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Master’s degree in Social Work. Renee has been employed as K-8 Child Study Team social worker for the past thirteen years, ten of which were spent serving the students at Clinton Township School District. Her early career included experience with disadvantaged, “at risk” students from various demographic populations. Renee has many years of practice providing individual and group counseling/social skills. She is dedicated to helping students thrive and overcome obstacles so they can reach their individual and unique potential.

    Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultants (LDT-C)


    Theresa Ferrara

    LDT-C (Preschool, CH)

    (908) 284-7680

    E-mail ID: theresa.ferrara

     Theresa (Verni) Ferrara joined the Child Study Team at Copper Hill in the summer of 2021.  She conducts educational evaluations for the students of Copper Hill School as well as providing case management services.

     Theresa has worked in the field of Special Education for 24 years.  Previously, she taught Special Education in Woodbridge Township, NJ and Bethlehem Township, NJ.  Ms. Ferrara graduated from Marist College, with a degree in Psychology and Special Education and dual teaching certifications for Special and General Education.   She earned her Master of Arts degree in Special Education as well as her Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant certification from Centenary University. She has extensive experience with inclusive education and is dedicated to facilitating interventions and supports for students, parents and teachers that improve academic and social outcomes.


    May L. Wong

    LDT-C (RH, JPC)

    (908) 284-5136

    E-mail ID: may.wong


    May L. Wong is a Learning Disabilities/Teacher Consultant (LDT/C) and a member of the Child Study Team at J.P. Case Middle School.  May earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education/Elementary Education from Rutgers College and her Master of Education degree in Special Education from the College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College).   She is certified in Special and Elementary Education and has her Supervisor/Principal certification.  Her professional career began teaching high school students and adults at an occupational training center in Flemington.  She continued her professional experience at a vocational-technical school teaching basic skills and received her license as a vocational evaluator to assist students with vocational/career planning.  May was awarded with Teacher of the Recognition Award in 1998.    She expanded her experience in teaching learning strategies at a high school for several years.  May has been working in the Flemington-Raritan School District as a LDT-C since 1995.  She was also the Child Study Team Coordinator for the district for 14 years.

    Tina Hernandez

    Tina Hernandez


    (908) 284-7650

    E-mail ID: tina.hernandez

    Tina has been a Special Education Teacher for fifteen years and transitioned last year to the Learning-Disabilities Teacher-Consultant role. Tina began her teaching career as a behavior disabilities teacher for grades kindergarten through second. Since then, she has taught multiple grade levels and worked with a large array of students with learning differences. Tina spent the last seven years of my teaching career as a high school special education teacher before transitioning to LDT-C.

    Tina holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University. At Kean, she received her special education teaching degree, a Master’s Degree in Special Education and Learning and Behavioral Disabilities, and post master’s degree as a Learning Disability Teacher Consultant. Tina possesses certifications as a Teacher of the Handicapped, grades K-12, and Elementary School Teacher, grades K-5. Additionally, she went through the Masonic Dyslexia Scholarship Program at Fairleigh Dickenson University and is trained in Orton Gillingham methodologies to teach reading and writing to dyslexic children.

    District Behaviorists


    Danielle Steltzer

    Behavior Specialist (CH, Autism)

    (908) 284-7680

    E-mail ID: danielle.steltzer


    I received my Bachelor's of Science Degree in Early Childhood and Special Education from West Chester University and began my career as a special education teacher at a small private school.  While teaching, I received my Masters Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism from Ball State University and have been a BCBA since 2016. I have experience being a BCBA in the home, school and community setting. Prior to coming to Flemington-Raritan School District, I was a Behaviorist for another public school. 

    Delaney Tiffany

    Tiffany Delaney

    Behavior Specialist (BS, RFIS, JPC)

    (908) 284-7680

    E-mail ID: tiffany.delaney


    Tiffany DeLaney is a Behavior Specialist working at Barley Sheaf, Robert Hunter, and RFIS.  She grew up in Flemington and was a former Barley Sheaf Bear!  She received her BS in Psychology at Rider University.  Tiffany began working at a private school for autism while she continued to complete her MA in Applied Psychology and obtain her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  She worked in a school setting for nine years prior to joining the Flemington-Raritan school district.  She has a strong foundation in the use of applied behavior in the school, home, and community setting.  


    Sarah Fillman

    Behavior Specialist (FAD, JPC, RFIS) 

    (908) 284 -7680

    E-mail ID: sarah.fillman

    Sarah Fillman is a District-Wide, Consulting Behavior Specialist who mainly provides support for Francis
    A. Desmares School, Reading-Flemington Intermediate School, and J.P. Case Middle School. She
    received her BA in Psychology from Rutgers University before gaining her MA in Elementary and Special
    Education from Montclair University. She completed her graduate courses in Applied Behavior Analysis
    at Penn State University and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) since 2014. Previously,
    she taught at a private school for students with autism and other developmental disabilities, provided
    early intervention, and worked for a large school district as a behaviorist.

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Last Modified on March 27, 2024