Biography

Mrs. Handal-McGlynn received her Bachelor's in Psychology and teaching certification from Montclair State University. 
She has extensive training in the principles and practices of ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis), behavior modification, 
prevention and treatment of crisis behavior, discrete trial instruction, sensory integration, social skills, and classroom management. 
She has worked with children with Autism for the past 14 years and continues to be inspired by her students every day.

This is her ninth year in the Franklin Lakes school district and as teacher of the K-2 classroom of the CAPS program. 
Previously, she worked in a private school for 5 years, teaching children with autism. 
Her goal in her classroom is to maximize the learning experience of each of her students 
and effectively lead the para educators in her classroom. 
She individualizes instruction across all skills and focuses on generalization and fluency of mastered skills. 
She truly enjoys working with her students and is very proud of them. 

When not working, she enjoys reading, watching movies, going out to eat, 
and spending time with her beautiful 3-year old daughter and husband.


Teaching Philosophy

 “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.