Meet the FRSD Child Study Team Members100 Everitts Road
Ringoes, New Jersey 08551
Tel: (908) 284-7680 Fax: (908) 284-7685
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, Barley Sheaf Elementary School, and Preschool Child Study Teams.
Drew Midgley is a school psychologist and case manager on the Child Study Team. Drew currently works primarily at the Robert Hunter and Francis A. Desmares Elementary schools, but has worked with students at J.P. Case Middle School as well. Drew has been with the Flemington-Raritan School District since 2015. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Rowan University. He continued his education at Rowan to receive his Master of Arts and Educational Specialist degrees in School Psychology.
Elizabeth Brennan is a School Psychologist within the Special Services Department. She has worked for the Flemington-Raritan School District since January 2006. She is currently a case manager at Reading-Fleming Intermediate School.
Beth has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Seton Hall University and Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from Kean University. She has worked in the field as a School Psychologist for over 20 years.
Dan Tarantula is a School Psychologist based out of J.P. Case Middle School. His background includes 5 years of direct mental health work supporting youth facing emotional, behavioral, and psychiatric difficulties. Dan received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Montclair State University, and attended Rowan University for Graduate School, where he obtained a Masters and Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology. Dan's goal, as a member of the Flemington-Raritan school community, is to support all students in school both in their academic and social-emotional growth as they develop and transition to high school.
School Social Workers
Bethann Cella, school social worker, is currently completing her twentieth year in New Jersey Public Education. She received a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Rutgers University. During her first nine years as a school social worker, she served as a K-6 Child Study Team member. Subsequent to that, Bethann provided classroom, small group and individual counseling services to students in preschool through 6th grade. She joined the Flemington Raritan School District Department of Pupil Personnel Services and Special Education in September of 2017. She currently provides case management services for the FRSD preschool disabilities program.
Megan Kayser 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.
Holly Morales is a school social worker and a member of the Child Study Team at Robert Hunter Elementary School and Francis A. Desmares Elementary School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Rider University and her Master of Social Work degree from Monmouth University. Holly has worked in the Flemington Raritan School District since September 2016. She previously served as a school social worker in the East Brunswick Public School. Prior to that Holly provided therapeutic counseling and social skills to students in preschool through twelfth grade. Holly's passion guides her in her goal of helping all students reach their maximum potential.
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 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.
Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultants (LDT-C)
Erica Leeson, Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant, completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Montclair State University and her MA degree in education with a concentration in administration from Saint Peter’s University. She completed some social work classes at Rutgers University prior to earning her LDTC certification at Montclair State University in May, 2007. Erica has been working in public education for 29 years. For 27 of those years, she worked for The Newark Public Schools. Erica first worked as a general education teacher for 12 years, and then as a Whole School Reform Social Worker and Intervention &Referral Service Coordinator for 5 years. In her final 10 years in Newark, Erica worked as an LDTC. Since the 2017-2018 school year, Erica has been working part time as an LDTC for The FRSD school district, case managing students in the preschool disabilities program as well as completing educational evaluations.
Loli Yurecko is an educational specialist with more than 20 years of experience in New Jersey Schools. Loli is a graduate of Rosemont College in Rosemont, PA. She attended Kean University earning her Masters in Special Education and an Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant certification.
Upon graduation from her undergraduate studies, Loli began her teaching career as a consumer facilitator and job coach for the ARC of Essex County. In 1997, she joined the Elizabeth public school system as a special educator for grades K-4. She married in 2005 and moved to Franklin Township (Somerset) where she accepted a position as a special education teacher. In 2008, she began her journey as a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant for the Hillsborough Board of Education. She continued to work there for ten years.
Loli recently moved to Flemington with her husband and three young children. She began her employment with the Flemington Raritan Board of Education in November of 2017.
Maralyn Fielding is a Learning Consultant on the Child Study Team for the Reading-Fleming, Desmares and Robert Hunter Schools. She has a BA from Queens College and a Master of Arts from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mrs. Fielding has NJ certification of Teacher of the Handicapped, Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant and Principal/Supervision. Being on the Child Study Team enables Mrs. Fielding the ability to interact with many teachers, students, parents and administrators, and to encourage and assist in acquiring a quality education for every student that is involved in Special Education.
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.
Joe Blanchard has been in education since 1999, and has Teacher of the Handicapped and Secondary Education Social Studies certifications. Joe started out as a teacher assistant and began teaching at the Developmental Learning Center in 2001, where he was also a Behavior Specialist. Joe taught at Montville High School as a Life Skills teacher from 2007-2010. Joe left education and began tutoring students with Autism in home programs. He finished his coursework, supervision hours and took the exam in May 2016. Joe’s first job as a BCBA has been in the Flemington Raritan School District.
Marissa Riggins received her bachelors degree at Bloomsbury University as a dual major in special education/elementary education. She then continued her education by attending graduate school, where she received her masters in education with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis. While attending graduate school, Marissa worked in the clinical and home setting as an ABA therapist, working with children with autism. Upon completion of her masters program Marissa started her career as a behavior specialist in the public school setting. This is Marissa’s fourth year working as a behavior specialist and first year working in the Flemington-Raritan School district.