Phone: 973-423-6480 x2626
Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Sandra Newman M.A., L.D.T/C
Welcome! I wish to introduce myself to those parents and staff whom do not know me, and to those whom do not know about my background. I studied at Ohio University in special education, with a minor in music and art. My master degree is from Teacher's College, Columbia University, where I earnedan M.A., and received a full scholarship for my academic education. While an undergraduate I was instrumental in developing a program for orthopedically handicapped children in Southeastern Ohio. This led me to be recognized on the state level for the activities I created and participated in.
I initally found my passion for the field of special education after spending quite a bit of my life navigating the schools system as a student with a learning disability. When I was 14 years old I befriended the assistant libarian in my school district in New York State, (she also had polio). I worked as a volunteer under her guidance, and learned how to read. She would show me that there was no such thing as a handicap, by climbing and cleaniing her gutters on her house, and working with her hands more than her feet, due to her paralysis. I not only learned how to read but developed an interest for reading, (before then struggled), and started on a campaign to better my skills academically so I could help others like myself.
During my life I have worked in classrooms as a special education teacher, inclusion teachr, support, teacher, self-contained teacher, and a supervisor of special services of a private school in Bergen County. Right before joining the district I had a private practice for many years, where I consulted and assisted parents (training them and their children) with mutisensory instruction tutoring, executive functioning skills and my own organizational curriculum.
It has been a pleasure to work and serve the students of Hawthorne for the last 10 plus years!