Special Education

Special Education At Troy Hills Elementary School

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All students with disabilities who require special education services have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). The IEP, which is created by a team that includes you, the parent; contains information about your child's interests, strengths, needs, goals, and educational program. It is a legal document that describes how the District will provide a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). 

Here at Troy Hills we are proud to offer the following Special Education Class Models: In Class Support via a Co - Teaching model, pull out resource replacement and various levels (classes) for students with multiple disabilities. 

Our Teachers:

Mrs. Caparoni:
Hello! I'm a primary multiple disabilities teacher at Troy Hills Elementary School! This is my third year at Troy Hills Elementary School and I am so excited to be a part of such an amazing community. I have earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a dual certification in Special Education Pre-K-8th grade and Regular Education Pre-K-4th grade. My New Jersey certification is in Pre-School-3rd grade for both Regular and Special Education. I knew I wanted to be a teacher my entire life but it was when I was in high school and helping out in our Life Skills classroom that I knew I wanted to become a Special Education teacher. My little brother had disabilities so I have been around Special Education my entire life and am extremely passionate about it. After graduating from Kutztown, I was a paraprofessional in multiple Special Education settings and classrooms for 4 years; I was also a Head Start teacher for a brief period of time in Pennsylvania. I decided to move to New Jersey and after about a year of living here, I accepted a job in the Parsippany-Troy Hills School District as a 1:1 paraprofessional and am very proud to have been offered my current position here at Troy Hills. I am excited to help foster independence in my students throughout the year! When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy listening to music, reading, and exploring new places. 

Mrs. Dourdoulakis:
Hello! My name is Mrs. Dourdoulakis and I am one of the Intermediate Multiple Disabilities teachers at Troy Hills School. This is my first year in this position. I graduated from Caldwell University in 1997 with my BA in Elementary Education. I taught for fifteen years before taking some time off to raise my daughters. In 2015, I began working for the Parsippany Troy-Hills School District as a paraprofessional. I became an Instructional Paraprofessional in 2017 here at Troy Hills School. Recently I acquired my TOSD certification from Centenary University. I am so excited to begin this next step in my career as a Special Education Teacher.  My goal is to continue to teach and bring smiles to our students so they will be successful in their education.   I learned a great deal from the wonderful teachers I have had the pleasure to teach with throughout my teaching career. However, I believe, that I learn daily along with the students. They help me grow as a teacher and I use that to guide me in my instruction.Education is a journey, not a race. What I love most is to watch my students grow and to see that look on their faces when they first understand something and become more confident in themselves and in their learning. Whether it be academically, socially, emotionally, or anywhere in between, each success makes me incredibly proud of all of my students.Outside of school, I love to spend time with my husband and daughters. I enjoy reading and cooking/baking.  Volunteering at our church teaching Sunday School and assisting in the youth groups is near and dear to my heart. I believe in kindness and I wish good things for everyone.

Ms. Goodhand:

Hello! My name is Ms. Goodhand and I am currently one of the Primary Multiple Disabilities teachers at Troy-Hills school. This is my 7th year in this position and before that I worked in the Primary Autism class at Littleton for 5 years. I graduated from New York University with a degree in early childhood and early childhood special education.
After completing my first student teaching placement in one of New York City’s elementary public special education schools I knew that I wanted to be a Special Education teacher. I learned a great deal from the teachers there and have been able to use those lessons throughout my teaching career. However, I believe that along with the students that I learn daily. They help me grow as a teacher and I use that to guide me in my instruction.What I love most is to watch my students grow and to see that look on their faces when they first understand something and become more confident in themselves and in their learning. Whether it be academically, socially, emotionally or anywhere in between, each success makes me incredibly proud of all of my students.Outside of school I enjoy hiking, kayaking, and exploring new places with my fiancé. 



Ms. Selitto

Hello! My name is Mrs. Selitto, I am one of the Intermediate Multiple Disabilities teachers at Troy Hills school.  This is my 1
st year in the Parsippany Troy-Hills district and my 1st year in this position.  Prior to Parsippany I worked in an ABA Autistic Preschool classroom for 9 years. I graduated from William Paterson University with a degree in Elementary Education and Psychology.  After working in various special education classrooms I knew that I wanted to continue my education to become dual-certified.  I enrolled in New Jersey City University’s masters program and earned a TOSWD certificate. 

Throughout the years, I have had the privilege of working with many teachers and administrators who have taught me a variety of different teaching methods, and engaging lessons that I put into practice in my classroom today.  Experience has certainly helped mold me as a teacher; however, I truly believe that education is a lifelong journey.  Students and teachers learn something new every day.  My students' curiosity, and enthusiasm to learn new concepts and skills fuels me with excitement to teach new lessons, differentiate concepts, and guide my overall instruction.  There is no greater joy than seeing a student's face light up when they have mastered a skill, learned a new fact, befriended someone new, or connected a previous experience with new content knowledge.  As an educator it is my duty to promote learning, positive experiences, and independence for students academically, socially and emotionally.  Every child has the incredible ability to learn and teach every one of us.  As I witness this first hand, everyday, nothing makes me more grateful and proud!  When I am not in school I enjoy painting and coloring, paddleboarding, cooking, spending time with my family, and cuddling with our French Bulldog named Stella.



LLD-Mrs. Birge


LLD-Mrs. Cobo

Hi there! My name is Mrs. Cobo and I have been teaching for  over a decade! I was actually a student at this school many years ago and now love being a teacher here. I thank my alma mater, University of Delaware, for providing me with the insight and skills to be the strong teacher I am today. I've taught several different positions in grades K-3 and am excited to be the new Primary LLD teacher at Troy Hills School. Every year I look forward to creating a loving and learning environment that sets students up for academic success. Outside of school, I enjoy being a new mommy to my son, Crew, and spending time with my husband and our cute dog.

 

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