About Me


Mrs. Scherf is looking forward to another wonderful year teaching in Franklin Lakes. She has had the opportunity to have worked in each of the Franklin Lakes schools. Mrs. Scherf completed her undergraduate degree from Lynchburg College with a major in Business and her Masters in Elementary and Special Education from Long Island University.

Mrs. Scherf is always here to help your child with whatever support they might need. She will encourage, help, and guide them. Mrs. Scherf's goal is to prepare each and every student for the next phase in their academic careers. Her hope is that all of her students leave the year feeling and knowing that they are independent, capable, and ready to face all the excitement, the learning, and the challenges they may encounter in their future academic experiences.

Please feel free to email Mrs. Scherf with any questions, comments, or concerns as the year progresses.

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.