Ms. Borgess received her Bachelor’s Degree from New Jersey City University and her Master’s Degree from Long Island University. After completing her Master’s, Ms. Borgess earned her Dyslexia Specialist Certification, Orton Gillingham Teacher and Teacher Trainer Certification from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She was honored with being chosen as Teacher of the Year in 1991.

Ms. Borgess has taught in the district since 1986.  She has experience with all grade levels from K to grade 12. She has primarily taught grades k-5 in the resource program. Over time she has taught in many collaborative classes as a co-teacher in Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Mathematics from grades K to 5.

Ms. Borgess has provided staff development/training in the Orton Gillingham Methodology for teaching reading and Dyslexia.

Ms. Borgess also works as an adjunct instructor in the Multisensory Reading Clinics, training teachers in the area of Orton Gillingham for Fairleigh Dickinson University.

In her free time, Ms. Borgess enjoys, gardening, photography and travel.

 

Philosophy of the Special Education Program 

in the Franklin Lakes School District

 

  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.

 

The Resource Program is a replacement program for Reading, Language Arts, and Math. We work with small groups of students in grade levels K-5. The teachers use the IEP, Individualized Educational Plan, to meet and accommodate the needs of all students in these subject areas. Along with individualized instruction, the regular classroom curriculum is used. Daily communication with classroom teachers reinforces and develops a team effort to ensure a successful learning experience for each student.

 

Resource teachers are also involved in collaborative classes at various grade levels and content areas. They work with the classroom teachers to design and implement lessons that are suited to different ability levels and learning styles. The role of the co-teacher is to provide accommodations and modifications as needed to assist students with IEPs to be successful in their mainstream academic studies.  Having two certified professionals in the collaborative classroom is a great benefit to all students involved in this educational model.