Department of Pupil Personnel Services
PRE-K (Preschool) PROGRAM 2020-2021
The Shamong School District’s Pre-K (Preschool) Program for the 2020-2021 school year will be a full day program for classified students only. As a result, there will be no ‘lottery’ for inclusion students (regular ed) in the program next school year (September 2020 – June 2021).
Director of Pupil Personnel Services
Sandra Thurston, MA, LDT-C
609-268-0220 ext. 2008
Ms. Sandra Thurston joins the Shamong Township School District as Director of Pupil Services after serving five years on a Child Study Team as the learning disabilities teacher-consultant for Shawnee High School. Prior to her Child Study Team experience, Ms. Thurston spent nine years as a special education teacher in the Winslow Township School District where she served her students in various special education settings. Her grade level teaching experiences include preschool, first through sixth grades and high school. Ms. Thurston obtained her Wilson Language Certification and has experience leading teachers in a Response to Intervention model utilizing the Wilson Fundations Program.
609-268-0220 ext. 2007
Ms. Heidi Fuller earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Ursinus College and a Master’s Degree in Education from Temple University. She earned her School Psychologist certification from Temple University as well. She has been a School Psychologist for over 25 years and has worked with students of all ages and abilities. Ms. Fuller is a specialist with training and expertise in psychology as it is applied to education. She collaborates with parents, educators, and community mental health agencies to ensure that every child learns in a safe and supportive environment. She also conducts psychological assessments, which include standardized and functional appraisals of a student’s current cognitive, intellectual, adaptive, social, emotional and behavioral status in the context of his/her environment. Ms. Fuller is an active participant in several committees within our district and recently resigned from the Burlington County School Crisis Response Team after almost 12 years of service.
609-268-0220 ext. 2006
Ms. Tonia Campbell earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Elementary Education Teaching Certificate from Rutgers University and a Master’s in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College. Most recently, she earned her Learning Disability Teacher/Consultant certification from Rowan University. Ms. Campbell has successfully completed 30 hours of Orton-Gillingham Multi-Sensory Training and has earned recognition as a Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner. Ms. Campbell started her educational career as a fourth grade general education teacher in an inclusion setting for 11 years. She has been a Learning Consultant for the past seven years. The role of a Learning Consultant is unique to New Jersey and functions in the school environment as an educational diagnostician, instructional programmer, and Child Study Team member. Ms. Campbell uses her understanding of classroom functioning, effective teaching and adaptive instruction to help students maximize their learning potential and provide practical assistance to their teachers. She also conducts educational assessments which include both standardized and functional assessments, review of the student’s work samples and the student’s records, classroom observations, interviews of teacher and other relevant parties, evaluation and analysis of the student’s academic performance and learning characteristics. In addition to her daily duties, Ms. Campbell is on the Intervention & Referral Services Committee at Indian Mills Elementary School.
School Social Worker
609-268-0220 ext. 2005
Ms. Olivia Johnson earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Eastern University and a Masters in Social Work Degree from Stockton University. Most recently, she became a Licensed Social Worker of New Jersey. Ms. Johnson has diverse career experience in the adoption arena, alternative education setting, and crisis intervention. As a School Social Worker, Ms. Johnson provides unique services to students and their families, helping the students attain maximum benefits from their educational programs. The School Social Worker's knowledge of social, emotional, cultural and economic differences among children and families enable them to be the link between school, family and community. As a member of the educational team, she promotes and supports students' academic and social/emotional well-being. Ms. Johnson conducts social assessments which include an evaluation of the student's adaptive social functioning and emotional development and of the family, social, and cultural factors which influence the student's learning and behavior in the educational setting.
609-268-0440 ext. 1202
Mrs. Alexandra Holt earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Grove City College and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Clarion University with her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She completed her hospital externship experience at one of the top Traumatic Brain Injury units in the country, Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, and her school externship at Upper St. Clair Elementary in Pittsburgh. Mrs. Holt was also awarded her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Mrs. Holt is a graduate of the Shamong Township School District! As a member of the child study team, the speech-language therapist participates in the assessment of students’ communication skills, interpreting the results of the comprehensive assessments, providing therapy, developing and implementing IEPs, and collaborating with teachers and other professionals to ensure carryover of speech-language skills. Speech-language therapists work with children who have a variety of disabilities and communication needs such as language, voice, fluency, and articulation concerns.
609-268-0220 ext. 2203
Ms. Nicole Brewin earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in Biology and four minors from Cedarville University. She took undergraduate classes in communication through LaSalle University, while simultaneously taking American Sign Language courses at Burlington County College. Nicole graduated with an MS in Speech/Language Pathology from LaSalle University, and was awarded the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She worked for two years in Camden, New Jersey, and then had the opportunity to work for two years on Oahu, Hawaii. She is a graduate of the Shamong Township School District, and has had her permanent address in Shamong for twenty years. As a Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP), she is an expert in communication, including language, articulation, voice and fluency. She makes assessments, analyses and classifies students' communication competencies and characteristics, and works with the Child Study Team to implement IEPs. She also plans, prepares and delivers treatment programs for children with speech and language deficiencies and serves as resource persons in the area of speech and language development and disorders to classroom teachers, parents, administrators and the child study team.