Special Education Students Thrive at St. John Paul II Regional School
Vincent has been part of the St. John Paul II Regional School family since Kindergarten. He’s a special education student attending math and language arts classes in our Learning Center. Our Learning Center offers additional support for 18 special education students in Grades K – 8 . Every student in our Learning Center is empowered to reach their full potential – academically, spiritually, and socially. It’s an inclusive program that enables us to provide a Catholic education to students at all academic levels.
We invest in technology, classroom materials, and professional development to help students grow in self-confidence and develop the necessary skills for ongoing success. Vincent is a testament to our special education program. Collaboration with parents, like Vincent’s parents, is also an important ingredient for success.
Vincent shares, “Mr. Miller has helped me a lot and given me strategies when the work can sometimes be hard.” Teaching strategies that work for the student is our focus. Working with each student to meet their individual needs helps them to become more independent as they approach high school and college.
In our Learning Center, we want students to feel proud of their accomplishments and develop a love for learning that they can take with them to other areas. “When I first went to Mr. Miller, I really wasn’t any good in Math and Language Arts. Mr. Miller is a great teacher who helped me to become better at these subjects. I also like Social Studies and learning about history.” Vincent Martinelli.
Especially now, during the pandemic, many parents worry if their child is receiving the special education resources, he/she needs. If you’re concerned about your child’s education, Principal, Helen Persing, is happy to discuss your child’s plan and determine what’s best for your child. Please reach out to Helen Persing at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time to meet or learn more about our Learning Center.
St. John Paul II Regional School is safely providing in-person learning for our K-8 students this year, which we believe works best. We see the outcomes not only in test scores, but also in how students see themselves in a positive way. We know Vincent will thrive in high-school and we’re proud of his hard work over the years bringing him to his graduating year this year.
St. John Paul II is a great school and is my second family! Vincent Martinelli
Mrs. Joanne Bertini-Learning Center Instructor K-5
Mrs. JoAnne Bertini holds a B.A. in sociology and elementary education from Rutgers University as well as Teacher of Students with Disabilities degree from Rowan University. With over 15 years of teaching experience, she brings a fun and creative style to ensure that all types of learners succeed. Mrs. Bertini believes that every child has a special talent or interest, and she works to tap into those areas for students to love attending school every day.
Mr. Bill Miller – Learning Center Instructor 6-8
Mr. Miller holds a B.A in literature from Stockton College and A.A. in journalism from Brookdale Community College. Prior to his career in teaching, Mr. Miller published over 4,000 stories as a newspaper reporter. He works with his students to always treat each other with respect while working together and learning to communicate concepts and opinions. Mr. Miller’s students learn to express themselves in writing with daily topics ranging from opinion and current events to short fiction. He works to improve spelling, vocabulary, writing and reading comprehension. In math, his students work to strengthen core processes and work towards higher concepts.