Christina Battiato, Director of Special Education, LDT/C
Greetings Mount Ephraim Families,
It is with great excitement that I write this letter of introduction as the newly appointed Director of Special Education and Early Childhood for the Mount Ephraim Public School District. I am eagerly awaiting the start of the school year and meeting each and every one of our students. As an educator, I am devoted to continually exploring new ideas to meet the needs of all students and look forward to the opportunity to interact with our staff, parents, and community members.
I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than 20 years as a supervisor of special education, a learning disabilities teacher/consultant, a special education teacher, a high school field hockey and softball coach, and a youth soccer and lacrosse coach. I am the very proud parent of three children; a high school junior preparing to enter the college search process; a high school sophomore entering the HVAC program at his local Vo-Tech; and a seventh grader who is very much enjoying his time not thinking about a college or a trade. I attended The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey where I earned an undergraduate degree in Marine Science. In addition, I have earned masters degrees in both Special Education and School Leadership from Wilmington University in Delaware.
I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to join this school community and am looking forward to working with our students, teachers, parents, and community members during the upcoming school year. My door is always open and I welcome your conversation and input throughout this year.
Yours in Education,
Christina Battiato, M. Ed.
856-931-7807, ext. 6051
Debbie Henderson, Administrative Assistant
Hello and thank you for visiting our website! I am the administrative assistant for the team and am happy to help with any questions you may have for your student. I have worked in the District as both a paraprofessional and as an administrative assistant. I am a resident of Mount Ephraim and enjoy spending time with my family and cooking.
Kristina Podolski, School Social Worker, ext. 6065
Courtney Cairns, School Psychologist, ext. 1205
Christine Schwarz, Speech Language Pathologist
Hello! It's wonderful to be providing speech-language services in Mount Ephraim. I attended Stockton University and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Speech Pathology & Audiology, then graduated with a Master’s is in Communication Disorders from West Chester University of PA. My career as a Speech Language Pathologist began in 2003 in Washington Township where I grew up and still live with my husband and three girls. Helping students make progress with their communication skills is the most rewarding part of my career!
Dr. Angela Meluso, Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Hello Mount Ephraim families! Just a quick introduction: I have been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2013 and have been working in the southern New Jersey area in homes, schools and community settings ever since. Prior to that I worked in homes and community settings in both southern New Jersey and Raleigh, North Carolina. My graduate educational background is in Lifespan Developmental Psychology with a focus on children's memory for traumatic events. My professional focus turned to Applied Behavior Analysis shortly after graduate school and I have been working in this field ever since. I absolutely love seeing the impacts on the lives of children and families that can be made schools and families work as a team to develop skills that contribute to meaningful change and enhanced quality of life.
Denise McGuckin, Occupational Therapist
Hi! I have been the school occupational therapist for MEPS since 2010. Before that, I have been in the field of developmental disabilities since 1993 working with clients in group homes. That is where I was first introduced to therapy. I began to explore the world of therapy as an occupational therapy aide working in a skilled nursing facility. This paved the way to getting my Masters degree in occupational therapy in 2002 from Seton Hall University. Since then, I have worked in hospitals in NJ and PA, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the feeding department as well as outpatient, Virtua early intervention and acute care, and at various school districts. I have since gone on to become a certified functional nutrition counselor specializing in how to improve learning disabilities through environment and nutrition. Mt. Ephraim has been my second home since 2010 and I am grateful for being able to serve the students every day! Outside of school, I enjoy exercising, spending time with my family and dog (Fezzi), fervently reading, and spending time on Cape May beaches.
Elyse Brown, Physical Therapist
I am excited to return as the physical therapist for Mt. Ephraim School District. This is my third year and I have enjoyed getting to know the staff and students. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Physical Therapy degree from the School of Health Related Professions at the University of Medicine and Dentistry/Rutgers University campus, which is now Rowan University. I have worked in many settings from inpatient rehabilitation including traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury, the hospital setting including the transplant team, and the outpatient setting including pediatrics and aquatics. I have worked in Philadelphia and Houston, Texas prior to moving back east with my family. I have three children. A freshman at Tulane University in New Orleans and a junior and sophomore in high school.
I feel very fortunate to be part of the child study team and to be able to collaborate to provide the best care and support to our students in the educational setting.