Mrs. Dalton is a graduate of Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Special Education and Elementary Education. She has a Master's degree as a Reading Specialist from Fort Hays State University and has completed her +30 certification. Mrs. Dalton taught in a self-contained classroom for seven years for the South Bergen Jointure Commission, located in Wood-Ridge and then Maywood. She also taught in a Resource Room for the Ridgewood public schools. She has been teaching in Franklin Lakes since 2003. Mrs. Dalton is a certified Orton-Gillingham teacher. She was honored to be selected by the Bergen County Teacher'Educational Services Professionals Recognition Program as the Teacher of the Year for Colonial Road School for the 2023 - 2024 school year.
Mrs. Dalton loves reading, word games and spending time with her family. She also enjoys teaching in the Franklin Lakes school system, where all three of her children received a wonderful education.
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.