BIO
Mrs. Bernstein received her Elementary Education degree from University of Maryland in 1988.  She received her Teacher of the Handicapped certificate from Montclair State University in 1992 and her Master's in Guidance and Counseling from Kean University in 1995.  Mrs. Bernstein taught 5th grade Language Arts and Social Studies in the Montclair Public School system for 12 years.  She has taught 3rd-5th graders at Woodside in a resource room and has been in collaborative classrooms in all subject areas.   Her first year in Franklin Lakes she taught at High Mountain Road School in a 5th grade Language Arts Resource Room and a collaborative Social Studies class.  This is her seventh year in Franklin Lakes Public Schools.

Teaching Philosophy


Philosophy of the Special Education Program in the Franklin Lakes School District “If he cannot learn the way we teach, we had better teach the way he can learn.  -       Robert Buck


The special education teachers of Franklin Lakes Public Schools believe in success for all children.  We are dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment in which each child has the opportunity to reach his or her fullest potential.  Learning is an individual process in which each child will have the optimum opportunity to develop academically, socially, and emotionally.  We strive to foster individual strengths while developing areas in need of more support.  We support students through a variety of specialized instructional strategies, techniques and materials

The teachers in the Franklin Lakes Special Education Program focus on student achievement through the implementation of scientifically research-based curriculum that reflects best practices in special education. Comprehensive assessments are also used in order to establish data-driven goals and objectives to guide individual student success.  The IEP is the cornerstone of the student’s program.  We implement the IEP to meet the specific needs of each student in our programs.  We are consistently mindful of the specific accommodations and modifications that will help our students reach success in both special and general education programs.

As a group, we philosophically believe in the movement to give special needs students’ greater access to general education classes.  Our goal is to strengthen our relationship with our general education colleagues through the in-class support model.  The establishment of this partnership, while maintaining our identity as special educators, will create greater opportunities for student success now and in the future.  We are committed to excellence and making a significant difference in the lives of students challenged by the classroom setting.