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Meet the Members of the BST

Brittany Adelino, MA NASP

School Psychologist

Brittany Adelino earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Delaware in Human Services and Psychology. Brittany then went on to earn her Master of Art degree in School Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is currently a Doctoral student at Fairleigh Dickinson University earning her Psy,D. She has experience at the preschool, lower elementary, upper elementary, and the middle school level. Currently, she is working at Monroe Township High School where she case manages a program for at-risk youth. She runs Anger Management groups, individual, and group counseling. Her interests include addressing mental health needs of students, social emotional learning, and school connectedness.

 

Irene Baratta, MA, PC

School Psychologist

Irene Baratta has been a School Psychologist for 28 years. She worked in Union County with Pre-school through 12th for 10 years.  Irene has worked in Monroe Township High School for the past 18 years.  Currently she is a district School Psychologist in Monroe Township.  Professional Trainings include: Certified in delivery of Psychological First Aid (PFA), trained in crisis and PTSD response protocol, Member of the Middlesex County Traumatic Loss Coalition, served on Lead Response Team in the State for crisis response and community disasters, trained in Classroom Community Culture based Intervention (CBI), trained in Suicide Assessment/Screening, participated on the Middle County Suicide task force for NJ., developed TAPS Program for high school students with significant behavioral difficulties. This Program evolved into the current MAPS Program at the High School to support students with emotional barriers to learning. Conducts Anger Management Support Groups. Primarily works with students with significant emotional/behavioral difficulties. Committed to helping students identify their feelings, while employing cognitive based interventions, coping skills, and strategies for problem solving and Decision Making.  Irene has the following degrees and certifications: Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology:  St. Peter’s University; Master Degree in Educational Psychology: Montclair State University; Professional Certification in School Psychology: Montclair State University.

 

Catherine Bernabe, MA, NCSP

School Psychologist

Catherine Bernabe is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) who received her Master’s degree in School Psychology from Georgian Court University. Before that, she attended The University of Scranton where she received her Bachelor’s degree with a major in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice. She’s worked with a wide range of students, from Pre-K to 12th grade and likes making connections with students at all grade levels. Catherine began in monroe Twp. Schools this year and is currently a school psychologist at Mill Lake Elementary School. She also co-case managed at Monroe Township High School for the first half of the school year. Catherine provides counseling to students, helps to run social skills groups and is interested in helping to promote more mindfulness throughout the school environments. She enjoys contributing to the academic, behavioral, social and emotional success of all her students.

 

Maria Brill, M.S. Ed

School Psychologist 

Maria Brill has been employed by the Monroe Township School District for nearly 13 years.  She has worked at both Mill Lake Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School.  Prior to working in Monroe Twp., she was employed by Barnegat Township Schools and the Manalapan-Englishtown School District as a School Psychologist.  Marie has the following degrees and certifications: B.A. from New York University; M.S. Ed from St. John’s University—School and Rehabilitation Counseling; School Psychology Certification from Georgian Court University.

 

Maria Colon-Torres, 

School Psychologist

 

Allie Cooper, M.A., BCBA

Behavior Analyst

Allie Cooper is in her first year with the Monroe Township School District and is working as a district-wide behavior analyst.  She consults to all eight of the schools in district, and works with students as young as three all the way up to twenty-one.  Recently, Allie graduated from Rider University with her masters in Applied Psychology.  It is her passion to continue to impact the students and families she works with through the many facets of teaching offered under the scope of Applied Behavior Analysis. 

 

Karitssa Fernandez Barry, M.S. Ed., BCBA

Behavior Analyst 

Karitssa Fernandez Barry completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Rutgers University and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has her certification as a special education teacher.  Karitssa worked at a private school for students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder for eight years prior to coming to Monroe Twp. Schools in 2008.  Since then, she has been working as a district-wide Behavior Analyst with students from pre-school through age 21. Karitssa is passionate about using the best practice strategies within the science of Applied Behavior Analysis to help students learn social and academic skills as well as for behavior reduction. 

  

Dana Green-Witter

Social Worker

 

Jeanne Hayman, MS

School Psychologist 

Jeanne attended Le Moyne College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  Jeanne received her Masters of Science in School Psychology from Mercy College.  After graduate school, Jeanne moved from New York to New Jersey and worked as a School Psychologist for nine years at Trenton Catholic Academy in Hamilton.  Currently, Jeanne is a School Psychologist at Monroe Township High School where she case manages students, provides individual counseling, and runs social skills and mindfulness groups.  She enjoys making positive connections with students and being able to contribute to her student’s success in the school environment.

 

Frances L. Schwartz

School Psychologist

Fran attended Brooklyn College for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees.  She graduated in Spring of 1989 with a Master’s Degree in Education and an Advanced Certificate in School Psychology. Fran has worked as a licensed school psychologist since September of 1989.  She has worked in various aspects of the field and at different grade levels throughout her tenure.  Initially Fran worked for the Essex County commission and then as a Social Skills and individual counselor in the Sayreville School system through the end of the 2001-2002 school year.   Since the 2002-2003 school year Fran has worked as a School Psychologist in Monroe Township at the middle school level.  In addition to being a member of the Child Study Team she is one of the Anti-Bullying Specialists at the middle school. 

 

Jessica Snyder

School Psychologist

 

Cynthia Steiger, Psy.D. 

School Psychologist

Cindy is a graduate of Douglass College and the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, both at Rutgers University.  She has worked as a school psychologist in Monroe Township Schools since September 1995, primarily at Brookside Elementary School.  Cindy case manages the Autism class at Brookside School. She developed and Implements the Lunch Bunch Program within her school which promotes socialization skills for special needs students with their general education peers. Cindy provides on-going consultation and collaboration with staff and Administration for School-wide intervention and referral committee. 

 

Margarita Turkish M.S., Ed.

School Psychologist

Margarita is a New Jersey and New York State Certified School Psychologist with twenty years of experience working in both urban and suburban capacities.    She worked in the New York City Department of Education for 10 years and 10 years in Monroe Township School District, most recently, six years at Mill Lake School.  She has specific certification and training in bilingual/multicultural psychological services.  Margarita is fluent in Russian and certified to administer bilingual psychological assessments in Russian/English at Cross County Clinical Services Agency.  She worked as an early intervention specialist for Sunny Days for six months as a developmental interventionist.  Margarita has special expertise and experience in working with a diverse population, especially English Language Learners. She has effectively case managed and counseled students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD/ODD and Multiple Disabilities. 

Christine Velardi

School Psychologist