Rene Bellott is our Floral and Landscape Design teacher in the CTE Program. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science and a Teacher of Science degree from William Paterson University, where she minored in Chemistry.
Ms. Bellott and her husband have owned the floral shop Flowers by Rene in Lake Hiawatha for 30 years. She joined The Calais School in 2011.
Heather Bock is a certified Reading Specialist. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication from New York University and her Master’s degree in Education and Literacy from Bank Street College in NYC. Ms. Bock has been an elementary classroom teacher in both New York and New Jersey. She practices as a private reading teacher, specializing in the Orton-Gillingham method, in the West Orange area.
Holly Bracken joined the Calais School in 2016 as a Speech Language Pathologist. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Linguistics from Rutgers University in 2002, and completed her Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at William Paterson University in 2007.
Ms. Bracken comes to Calais with 9 years of experience successfully treating a diverse population of children and young adults in the education system, including 5 years in a specialized program for children with autism. She also continues to work with infants and their families in the New Jersey Early Intervention Program. Holly is trained in PROMPT therapy, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). She is passionate about connecting with and engaging each child in a manner that supports their individual needs.
Ms. Braen has been with The Calais School for 14 years. She possesses her Teacher of the Handicapped and Elementary Education certifications. In addition, she in the process of obtaining her CTE Certification in Family and Consumer Science: Child and Family Development. She is the co-coach of the Calais School cheerleading squad.
Chris Catalano is our visual arts teacher and has been with the Calais School since 1995. Mr. Catalano holds his Teacher of the Handicapped and his Teacher of Art certifications. He co-directs the school musical and manages the stage crew.
Math teacher Fran Cifrodelli has been with The Calais School since 1978. She holds her Teacher of the Handicapped certification. She is also certified to teach elementary school.
Laura Conti is the high school English teacher and has been with The Calais School since 2014. A graduate of SUNY Cortland, she received her Master’s degree from Fordham University. Ms. Conti possesses her Teacher of the Handicapped Certification and is Highly Qualified as a teacher of English Language Arts.
Maureen Damer joined The Calais School faculty in 2015 as our Teacher of Media Communications. She received her Bachelor of the Arts degree in Broadcasting at Montclair State University and is currently pursuing her Career and Technical Education certification.
Before joining the Calais team, Maureen was a Digital Producer and Video Editor at Bloomberg News for over eleven years. In her spare time, Maureen enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with her children and family.
Ms. Davies has been with The Calais School since 1984 and is a 5th and 6th Grade Elementary School Teacher. She is a certified Teacher of the Handicapped and Elementary School teacher.
Ms. Samantha Ervey joined the faculty at the Calais School in 2015 as a Structured Learning Experience Coordinator. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Montclair State University and went on to complete graduate classes at William Paterson University where she received certifications as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities and Elementary Education (K-5).
Prior to joining the Calais team, she worked as a Special Education Teacher and SLE Coordinator for 10 years. Ms. Ervey is a member of Association of People Supporting Employment First (ASPE) which works to facilitate the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace and in the community.
Mr. Femia has been with The Calais School since 2010. He teaches Health, Physical Education, and Driver’s Education and is a certified Teacher of Students with Disabilites. Mr. Femia oversees senior class fundraising as one of our senior class advisors. He also coaches basketball and cross-country.
Lara Ferment is a certified Elementary K-5 teacher and a Teacher of Students with Disabilities. Mrs. Ferment recently earned her Natural Canine Behavior Rehabilitation Certification. She and Cleo often facilitate occupational therapy and reading lessons where they help provide a calm, friendly atmosphere so students can improve their skills without fear of judgement.
Michelle Geise is our School Occupational Therapist and received her MS in Occupational Therapy from The University of Scranton. Ms. Geise joins us from Innovative Therapeutic Services where she continues to work as a staff OT providing early intervention services. She also completed a Level II Clinical at Somerset Hills Therapeutic Riding Center, where she provided Equine Assisted Therapy to pediatric patients.
A graduate of the College of Saint Elizabeth with a degree in Education and Psychology, Ms. Heinen is dually certified as a Teacher of the Handicapped and Elementary Education. She teaches grades K through 2. She joined The Calais School in 2013 but worked in the public school system for ten years and was a Gymboree Play and Learn teacher. She is the co-coach of the Calais School Spirit Club and is BeeYou Yoga certified.
Caitlin Hull is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified School Social Worker. She earned her Master’s degree from Rutgers University, focusing on children as her area of emphasis. Ms. Hull’s background includes several years in partial care programs helping elementary-aged children learn to regulate their emotions and build social skills in a group setting.
Mrs. Liberato has been a member of The Calais School Counseling Team since 2009. She is a Certified School Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She practices privately in the Cedar Grove area.
Jeff Maksuta has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts with a concentration in animation from William Paterson University. He previously taught at Sussex County Community College as an adjunct professor of Animation and Computer Graphics. His personal interests include creating illustrations, comics, and cartoons.
Adam Maturo teaches Social Studies and is the lead teacher for our Twice Exceptional Gifted and Talented program. He received his Master’s Degree from the University of New Haven and previously taught at a technical high school in Connecticut. He was celebrated as Teacher of the Month for the month of June 2015.
Nurse McLeod oversees all student medical issues. She holds her School Nurse Certification and has worked at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Regional Day School, and The Deron School of NJ.
A graduate of Kean University, Margaret Mutchler is our music teacher and brings with her experience from Shepard High School in Morristown and Bound Brook Elementary School. She also conducts our staff chorus and co-directs the school musical. She was celebrated as Teacher of the Month for the month of June 2015.
Mr. Papadakis has been with The Calais School since 2009. He teaches Computer Technology for our middle and high school students. Mr. Papadakis possesses a Teacher of Comprehensive Business Certification as well as a Cooperative Education Coordinator certification and a Teacher of Computer Service Technicians 4147. Mr. Papadakis is also responsible for IT issues for students and staff.
Barbara Perillo has been a teacher at The Calais School since 1987. She possesses a Teacher of the Handicapped Certification, Elementary School Teacher K-5, and a Teacher of Psychology Certification. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree in Special Education from New Jersey City University.
Michelle Poccia teaches Spanish at the Calais School. A financial news editor for about a decade, Sra. Poccia previously taught high school Spanish and her love of Spanish runs deep. She spent summers as a child with her family in Galicia, Spain and attended Spanish school, a program established by Spain’s government to teach children of citizens abroad Spanish language and culture. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in English and Spanish Literature.
Ms. Polles has been a teacher at The Calais School since 2010. She possesses certifications as Teacher of the Handicapped and as Teacher of Social Studies.
Michelle Primiano has been the Guidance Counselor at The Calais School since 2013. She organizes our annual Transition Fair. Before coming to The Calais School, Ms. Primiano was at Create Charter High School in Jersey City, where she worked closely with the administration to develop the school.
Mr. Rosocha holds his Reading Specialist Certification from Rider University and has a degree in music education. Mr. Rosocha has taught special needs children of all ages for the Reading Development Program at Rider University.
Casey Roerden is our Animal Handler and Health Teacher. She holds her Teacher of Health and Physical Education certification. She has been trained by Janice Wolfe of Merlin’s Kids and The United K9 Professionals as a Certified Specialist in Natural Canine Behavior Rehabilitation and Animal Adaptive Therapy(TM).
Ms. Scaglione has been the Science teacher at The Calais School since 2012. She previously taught in the public school system and holds a Master’s degree in Education and a certification as a Teacher of Biological Science.
Mrs. Tacinelli has been an Elementary School Teacher at The Calais School since 1987. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at Hunter College and has a Master’s degree from Columbia University. She is a certified Teacher of the Handicapped and Elementary Education teacher. Mrs. Tacinelli was celebrated as The Calais School’s Teacher of the Month for the month of December 2015.
Mrs. Vallo joined The Calais School in September 2014 as the Structured Learning Experience Coordinator. She received her degree from Montclair State University and has been in Education for over 15 years.
A counselor at The Calais School since 1997, Marjane Vitaletti is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified School Counselor and has a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She teaches yoga classes at Calais and in the community. She is also the co-advisor for the senior class and organizes community projects.
Assistant Director Paul Vitaletti has been with The Calais School since 1977. He is a certified School Social Worker, Teacher of the Handicapped and a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist. He has been in private practice since 1989 with offices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
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