Cathy BorysewiczSchool Social Worker
Certification(s):
NJ School Social Worker, Teacher of the Handicapped and Speech Correctionist, CPR/AED

Education:
BS Speech Pathology & Audiology, M.Ed. Guidance and Counseling – both from The College of New Jersey

Years in Education: 32

At The Education Academy Since: September, 1997

Personal Statement:
Being an employee at The Education Academy is like working with your extended family. The genuine kindness and commitment that I witness every day has made a huge difference for so many students. I love working here and am inspired daily!

Christina DennisonInstructional Aide
Certification(s):
Ocean County Substitute, CPI Certified, CPR/AED

Education:
Ocean County College

Years in Education: 13

At The Education Academy Since:
January 31, 2017

Personal Statement:
I believe every child has the ability to learn. I find working with these amazing children very rewarding.

Jane FrankInstructional Aide
Certification(s):
County Substitute Teaching Certificate, CPR/AED

Education:
1 year Special Education Studies Georgian Court College

Years in Education: 21

At The Education Academy Since:
February, 2007

Personal Statement:
I believe with the right opportunities and encouragement every child can succeed. The reward for teaching is in each child’s success.

Connie FreundSchool Secretary
Education:
High School, Computer Courses

Certifications
CPR/AED

Years in Education: 19

At The Education Academy Since:
March, 2005

Personal Statement:
The Education Academy provides a wonderful, nurturing environment for all the students. It is my good fortune to be a part of such a caring, loving staff.

Cathy GavaghanBusiness Manager
Certification(s):
Certified Public Accountant, CPR/AED

Education:
BBA from Temple University

Years in Education: 24

At The Education Academy Since:
December, 1995

Personal Statement:
The Education Academy provides a safe, friendly and nurturing environment for each of its students. The entire staff is dedicated to each child’s well-being and success.

Jane GillespieInstructional Aide
Certification(s):
Associate Degree, County Substitute Teaching Certificate, CPI Certified, CPR/AED

Education:
Associates in Liberal Arts, Alphonsus Jr. College

Years in Education: 27

At The Education Academy Since:
September, 1992

Personal Statement:
It is a joy working with a dedicated and professional staff. Working and helping the children is fulfilling and rewarding.

Dawn Marie HollyTeacher
Certification(s):
Teacher of the Handicapped, Certified Safe Crisis Management Instructor, CPI Certified, CPR/AED

Education:
Bachelor of Arts Degree – Kean College Pursuing Masters Degree at Georgian Court College

Years in Education: 24

At The Education Academy Since:
October, 2002

Personal Statement:
I have a passion for teaching students with special needs, particularly students with behavioral disorders. It is my belief that collaboration among teachers and other professionals is the key to students’ success.

Brianne Toomey HojnackiTeacher
Certification(s):
Early Education/Special Education, CPR/AED

Education:
East Stoudsburg University

Years in Education: 7

At The Education Academy Since: July 2019

Personal Statement:
It is my goal to create an atmosphere where students can meet their full potential and can grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. I am honored to help assist my students to reach these goals at The Education Academy.

Patricia HornerSchool Secretary
Certification(s):
Elementary Education K-8, Art Teacher, CPR/AED

Education:
BFA 1984

Years in Education: 15

At The Education Academy Since: July 2019

Personal Statement:
I have been in education for 15 years as a private school 4th-grade teacher. I now have the pleasure of serving the faculty and students at the Education Academy in a new role that has made a very positive change in my life.

Ruggery JusteInstructional Aide
Certification(s):
Bachelors Degree, CPI, CPR/AED

Education:
Social Studies Major

Years in Education: 5

At The Education Academy Since:
September, 2018

Personal Statement:
I believe that above all classrooms should be a safe and caring community where children are free to speak and share their thoughts as this is crucial to their overall growth and maturity as an individual. I will use all the tools I have to help all students achieve their goals.

Cynthia KaneSupervisor of Instruction
Certification(s):
General Elementary Ed. (K-8), Teacher of the Handicapped, Supervisor, CPI Certified, CPR/AED

Education:
MA Special Education and Supervisor Certification, BA Psychology, Georgian Court, AS Dekalb College & Ocean County College

Years in Education: 30

At The EducationAcademy Since:
October, 2005

Personal Statement:
I believe children should feel empowered to learn. Working in an environment that nurtures academic, social and emotional growth in students is very rewarding.

Maryanne LaDucaSpeech Pathologist
Certification(s):
Speech Correctionist, Teacher of the Handicapped, Teacher of the Deaf, P.R.O.M.P.T. Trained, CPI Certified, CPR/AED

Education: BA & MA, Kean College of New Jersey

Years in Education: 33

At The Education Academy Since:
October, 1999

Personal Statement:
I enjoy working with students of all ages. Helping them to become effective communicators while speaking is one of my goals.

Jacqueline LynchParaprofessional
Certification(s):
CPI, CPR, First Aid

Education: Associates Degree

Years in Education: 7

At The Education Academy Since: July 2019

Personal Statement:
Our job as adults is to encourage and guide each child to become the best person they can be. Through mutual respect, they can reach their highest potential.

Stacy M. MathisPhysical Education / Health Teacher
Certification(s):
Health/Physical Education Elementary, CPI Certified, CPR/AED

Education: Rowan College – Bachelor of Arts, Ocean County College – Associate of Arts

Years in Education: 23

At The Education Academy Since:
August, 2005

Personal Statement:
I enjoy challenging each student and watching them learn, grow and take pride in themselves. It is the most rewarding job I could ever hope for.

Amy McDonaldInstructional Aide
Certification(s):
Substitute Teacher Certification, CPR/AED

Education:
Ocean County College (2 years)

Years in Education: 19

At The Education Academy Since:
September, 2018

Personal Statement:
I believe that every child, given respect and opportunity, has the chance to reach their full potential.

Anthony MennieWebsite Administrator
Education:
B.A. Communications, Rowan University

At The Education Academy Since:
April, 2017

Personal Statement:
The Education Academy is a wonderful organization with an amazing staff. I hope that this website helps to organize important information and provide resources for students, parents, and educators alike.

Debra A. Nademus, RN, BCSchool Nurse
Certification(s):
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse, CPI Certified, CPR/AED

Education:
Ocean County College RN Program, Stockton College of NJ

Years in Education: 25

At The Education Academy Since:
February, 1994

Personal Statement:
I have met and treated so many wonderful people, both staff and students during my time at The Education Academy. Being part of this amazing program that has helped so many people provides the kind of job satisfaction that enables me to say I love my job!

Gregory G. NeavesComputer Consultant
Certification(s):
Electronics & Computer Degree, CDC, Xenix, Certs, CPI Certified, CPR/AED

Education:
Brookdale Community College, Union Technical Institute

Years in Education: 14

At The Education Academy Since:
September, 2005

Personal Statement:
The staff at The Education Academy are the very best at what they do. I hope to make a difference in the children’s learning experience.

Kim Pearson-PesciottaOccupational Therapist
Certification(s):
National Board Certification for Occupational Therapy, Registered Occupational Therapist, State of NJ, Handwriting Without Tears Level 1 Specialist, CPI Certified, CPR/AED

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, Medical College of Virginia

Years in Education:
19, 10 years in medical settings

At The Education Academy Since:
July, 2001

Personal Statement:
All individuals can learn when given the opportunity to practice. I enjoy the excitement and pride in their eyes when they reach their goals.

Linda A. PhillipsDirector/Principal
Certification(s):
Bachelor of Arts Social Studies – Rutgers University; Masters of Science in Educational Leadership-Monmouth University; School Administrator, Principal, Supervisor, Teacher of Social Studies, Teacher of Elementary Education, CPI Certified, CPR/AED

Education:
B.A. Social Studies; MSED Educational Leadership

Years in Education: 28

At The Education Academy Since:
July, 2015

Personal Statement:
Every student can be successful. As an educator, I will provide a secure and caring environment that motivates, inspires and supports students and staff.

Joseph PinnisiInstructional Aide
Certification(s):
CPI Certified, CPR/AED

Years in Education: 3

Years at The Education Academy:
Since May 23, 2016

Personal Statement:
The Education Academy (T.E.A.) is by far my favorite place of employment. A true feeling of “a family” atmosphere. I’m the happiest I’ve been in a while at work.

Cynthia QuinnInstructional Aide; Certified Substitute Teacher
Certification(s):
CPI Certified, ABA Certified, Penn State Masters of Science, West Chester University of PA, Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs – Penn State University, ABA Studies

Years in Education: 10

Years at The Education Academy: July 2019

Personal Statement:
Every child has the ability to shine. We provide the opportunities, expose possibilities, and encourage the student to turn on their own natural light of learning.

Angelica RaderTeacher
Certification(s):
Reading Specialist K-12, Elementary Education K-6, Special Ed K-12, CPI Certified, CPR/AED

Education:
BA in Education from Drexel University, MA in Education from La Salle University

Years in Education: 10

Years at The Education Academy: 4

Personal Statement:
I believe all students can learn and succeed. As their teacher, it is my responsibility to find creative ways to reach them and push them to improve both academically and socially.

Kimberly J. RuschSpecial Education Teacher / Assistant Principal
Certification(s):
Principal Certification in Elementary & Secondary Education, Teacher of the Handicapped, Master Level Instructor, CPR/AED

Education:
Masters of Education/Administration, Concordia University; Bachelors of Arts, Kean College of New Jersey; Associates of Arts, Ocean County College

Years in Education: 25

At The Education Academy Since: 25

Personal Statement:
I believe all students can learn and succeed. Providing environments where staff and students can strive to greatness is my mission. I truly enjoy my job.

Christen RussellBehaviorist
Certification(s):
BCBA, K-5+ Teacher of students with disabilities, CPI Certified, CPR/AED

Education:
MS in Psychology

Years in Education: 20

At The Education Academy Since:
March, 2017

Personal Statement:
I believe all students can be successful with the right supports.

Dawn SiscoTeacher
Certification(s):
Elementary School Teacher K-6, Teacher of Students with Disabilities, CPI Certified, CPR/AED

Education:
BA Stockton University, Teacher Certification at New Jersey City University

Years in Education: 15

Years at The Education Academy: 4

Personal Statement:
I believe each child has the potential for greatness.

Janice L. SloaneInstructional Aide
Certification(s):
County Substitute Teaching Certificate, CPI Certificate, CPR – AED; CPI Certified, CPR/AED

Education:
Associate of Science, Ocean County College

Years in Education: 27

At The Education Academy Since:
September, 2004

Personal Statement:
Every child is a blank canvas, with the right tools and encouragement they become individual masterpieces.

Laura J. StarnerTeacher
Certification(s):
Teacher of the Handicapped Certificate, CPI Certified, CPR/AED

Education:
BA, Glassboro State College

Years in Education: 28

At The Education Academy Since:
September, 2001

Personal Statement:
My goal is for the children to feel successful in school every day. Once children are comfortable, they will grow in character as well as in academics.