Jane Steffen, Director of Special Services

Ms. Steffen joined the Florham Park team in July 2018.   She has worked with students as a special education teacher, a general education teacher, and a school administrator in schools in New York City, most recently as an Assistant Principal at a middle school in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where she oversaw special education, mathematics, interventions, accelerated courses, and guidance. As a teacher, she has taught math, reading, writing, multisensory phonics, and social studies.  She has a M.S. in Teaching from Pace University and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Administration from the College of St. Rose.  She has also trained new teachers as a Fellows Advisor for the New York City Teaching Fellows and as an Adjunct Professor of Special Education at Long Island University where she taught graduate special education courses on teaching reading to students with disabilities and supporting students with challenging behaviors.

Lorraine Casale, Child Study Team Secretary

Lorraine Casale has been the Secretary for the Child Study Team since 2003.  In her role as secretary, she is responsible for keeping track of all paperwork generated by the Team, including IEPs, and evaluations to ensure that they are completed within State compliance regulations.  She oversees all aspects of the day to day operation of the Child Study Team to facilitate a smooth office operation. Mrs. Casale’s professional experience includes working for the Communications Director for the City of Newark,  as well as a number of Executive Secretary and Administrative Secretary positions for private industry companies.

Kate Rinaldi, School Psychologist

Kate Rinaldi is a school psychologist and case manager for Ridgedale Middle School. She works with students on strengthening coping skills and building self-advocacy skills, with parents on partnering in their children's education, and teachers to support the learning and emotional health of all students. Kate has a M.A. in Educational Psychology and a certification in school psychology and believes strongly in partnering with all stakeholders to best service all students.

Lauren Erickson, School Psychologist

This is Lauren Erickson's 11th year in Florham Park School district.  She worked for 4 years at Briarwood School and then has been at Brooklake School the past 6 years.  She is looking forward to being in both schools this year as she case manages 1st through 4th grade.  Lauren received her M.S.Ed. in School Psychology from Pace University and also received a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from Penn State World Campus.  She continues to enjoy working with the students, parents, and staff of Florham Park each year!

Louisa Sirimis, School Psychologist

Louisa Sirimis is excited to be joining the Florham Park Child Study Team as the School Psychologist for Briarwood Elementary School.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University and her masters in School Psychology from Rider University. Prior to Florham Park, Louisa worked as the School Psychologist at the elementary level in Keansburg School District.  She has a hands-on approach to case management and enjoys working closely with students, teachers and parents alike!

Lori-Jane Dolan, Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant (LDT-C)

Lori-Jane Dolan has been a member of the  Florham Park schools as the Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant (LDT-C) since 2005.  Prior to becoming an LDT-C, she taught general education for 10 years at the elementary level.  LJ continued her education after her master's and has a supervisors and NJ Principals Certificate.  Lori-Jane has worked with students, staff and parents in all three Florham Park schools. In addition to her LDT-C and case management responsibilities she is the chair of the I&RS committees at both Briarwood and Brooklake school.

Michelle Kilimnik,  Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Michelle Kilimnik joined the Florham Park team in August 2019 as a school social worker. Previously, Michelle has worked as a social worker for five years with students in grades Pre-K- 8th grade. As a school social worker, Michelle leads individual and small group counseling services, is a member of the Child Study Team to identify and evaluate students’ eligibility for special education services, and works directly  with parents and local agencies to find appropriate community supports for students and their families. Michelle has her Master’s Degree in School Social Work from Jane Addams’ College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Jersey. 

Dave Burrows, Speech-Language Pathologist

Dave Burrows has worked in the Florham Park School District for 15 years.  He currently works with students from 4th to 8th grade. He earned his B.A. in English Literature from the State University of New York at Geneseo and his M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from William Paterson University. He has worked as a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist for 21 years in a variety of settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, private practice, and public schools. He has presented at the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) national convention and taught Communication Disorders at William Paterson University.  Additionally, as a member of ASHA, he participates in ongoing continuing education to remain up to date on current trends in the treatment of a variety of communication and language disorders.

Anna Nowacki, Speech-Language Pathologist

Ms. Nowacki has worked as a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist for over 25 years.  She been employed in the Florham Park School District for the past 16 years working with students both at the elementary and preschool level.  She also has experience in the medical profession having worked in a hospital and rehabilitation center setting, in private practice and as an Adjunct Professor and Clinic Supervisor for undergraduate students.  The variety of settings has led her to appreciate communication across the age span. She enjoys working with students and their families to help them progress. As a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), she participates in ongoing continuing education to remain up to date in the assessment and treatment of communication disorders.  

Meghan Beam, Speech-Language Pathologist

My name is Meghan Beam, and I am a Certified Speech-Language Specialist. I have been passionate about the field of speech-language pathology since I can remember. My profession has married my love of helping children and families, with my love of language and communication. I received my Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Services, as well as my Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from SUNY Plattsburgh. I hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). I have thirteen years of experience working in the school based setting with children ranging from Pre-K through the 8th grade. I have worked with a variety of different communication disorders, including experience with autism, receptive/expressive language, auditory processing, phonological speech disorders, articulation, apraxia, fluency, selective mutism, and students limited social skills (pragmatic language deficits), as well as executive functioning deficits. I have been a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) since 1998. It is my goal to work closely with parents, classroom teachers and related service providers to ensure that the children I service are getting the most from their therapy sessions and having fun while they are learning their new skills. This combination yields the most successful results and helps with the carryover of newly learned skills to other communication partners and environments. My email address is I look forward to hearing from you with any questions, comments or concerns you may have.

Danielle Manger, Occupational Therapist

Danielle Manger has been a part of the Florham Park Schools’ family as the district’s occupational therapist  since 2001. She received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University and her Advanced Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from A.T. Still University. Danielle has been a member of The American Occupational Therapy Association since 2001. Danielle loves kids and has a passion for child development as well as helping people of all ages engage in meaningful “occupation.” Engagement in meaningful occupation facilitates success and happiness. This passion drives her to continually seek out professional learning opportunities as well as collaborating with colleagues and parents to best meet the needs of her students.

Gina Cicarelli, Physical Therapist

Gina Cicarelli has worked as a licensed physical therapist for 19 years.  She has been the district physical therapist since 2007. Prior to working as a school based physical therapist, she worked in a variety of settings and has experience working in acute/hospital based therapy, outpatient orthopedics, aquatic therapy, outpatient pediatrics and Early Intervention.  She has worked with patients of all ages but her passion is for working with children. She received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Columbia University and has an Undergraduate Degree from Skidmore College. In her free time, Gina enjoys teaching group fitness classes, cooking and spending time with her family.  She loves her job because she gets to combine her knowledge of PT with her love for fitness to design creative treatment sessions for the students in Florham Park.

Karen Ford, Guidance Counselor

Karen Ford is the School Counselor for Ridgedale Middle School. She has worked for the Florham Park School District since 2005. Karen received her degree in Psychology from Kean University and Masters in Counseling from Farleigh Dickinson University. She is certified as School Counselor, as well as, a Student Assistance Counselor - Drug/Alcohol and Crisis Counselor and also is also a Licensed Professional Counselor. Karen works with students on academic, social and emotional concerns, as well as, assists students in the building. She loves the middle school age group and enjoys working together with teachers, students and parents. Karen serves as the District Testing Coordinator, Ridgedale Middle School Testing Coordinator, the School Anti-Bullying Specialist, Climate and Culture Coordinator and the School 504 Coordinator. She is on the Intervention and Referral Services Committee, the Crisis Intervention Team and Peer Leadership Advisor. Karen enjoys reading, cooking, doing puzzles, and spending time with her family and friends. 

Cheryl Bernstein, Guidance Counselor

Cheryl Bernstein joined the Florham Park family in September 1999. She is currently the School Counselor at Brooklake School but has previously also worked as the School Counselor at Briarwood School. Prior to joining the Florham Park family, Cheryl worked as a preschool and third grade teacher in NYC, as a first grade teacher in New Jersey and then was a Stay At Home Mom, volunteering in the schools and charitable organizations. Cheryl has a BA in Early Childhood Education, an MS in Learning Disabilities and an MA in School Counseling. As the School Counselor, Cheryl meets with students individually about any concerns they may have, runs groups and teaches class lessons. She also runs special programs for the students such as Peer Readers, Climate and Culture and Peer Leaders which provide leadership opportunities. Career Day is an annual event which she chairs to expose the students to many different career opportunities. As the counselor, Cheryl is available to meet with parents, teachers and administrators to discuss any concerns about any of the Brooklake students. In addition to being the School Counselor, Cheryl is also the School Testing Coordinator, the District Anti-Bullying Coordinator, the School Anti-Bullying Specialist and the School 504 Coordinator. She is on the Intervention and Referral Services Committee and the Crisis Intervention Team. In her spare time, Cheryl loves to read, play games, travel and spend time with family and friends, especially her new granddaughter. 

Erica D'Aries, Guidance Counselor

Erica D’Aries graduated from Seton Hall University with a Masters in Psychological Studies and a Post-Masters certification in School Counseling. Mrs. D’Aries completed her field work in the Florham Park School District and has been working with students in a K-5 public school setting for four years. She has experience working with children with severe behavioral disabilities. Additionally, she works with students on a variety of topics including anxiety, anger, social skills, divorce, and loss in a one to one and group setting. Mrs. D’Aries enjoys bringing new programs to the school building and has successfully implemented a buddy bench, a calming corner, and a sensory pathway as well as having her school named a No Place for Hate by the Anti-Defamation League. In her spare time she enjoys teaching aerial yoga to children and adults, spending time down the shore, and playing with her dog, Harley. Mrs. D’Aries is excited to return to the district and to meet the students and parents of Briarwood School. 

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