Director of Scholar Support Services and Special Education
Mrs. Confrancisco is responsible for the special education and special services departments. Before joining MPTCS she served as a Supervisor of Special Education in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ; school psychologist in Oradell, NJ; and teacher of pre-k and kindergarten in Michigan. Ms. Confrancisco earned her undergraduate degree at Montclair State College; a Masters degree from Western Michigan University; and a post-graduate certificate in Educational Leadership at Montclair State University.
Mrs. Sandra Stuart
Mrs. Sandra Stuart is a Licensed Social Worker with 20 years of experience of working with youth and families both locally and internationally. Mrs. Stuart has obtained a Master of Social Work Degree from Kean University and her undergraduate degree in Guyana, South America. Positions held over the span of her career includes Assistant Program Director, Senior Social Worker, Intensive In-Home Counselor and Case Manager.
Currently, Mrs. Stuart serves at the High School as a School Social Worker on our Child Study Team.
Social Worker- Child Study Team
My name is Jennifer Renko and I am a part of the High School Child Study Team where I serve as a case manager for scholars who are receiving special education and related services. I began my career in Social Work over a decade ago and this is my third school year in the village. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Sacred Heart University and then furthered my education by obtaining a Master’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s degree in Counselor Education from Kean University. Before becoming a part of the village, I worked as a Clinical Social Worker in Jersey City for 10 years at a private school for classified students with behavioral, emotional, and social challenges. I then worked in the Elizabeth Public Schools for 3 school years as a School Based Social Worker.
Speech Language Pathologist
Hi! My name is Audrey McTiernan and I am the Speech Language Pathologist at Marion P. Thomas Charter School. This is my second year here and I service the scholars in grades K - 12. I received my Bachelors Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Seton Hall University. I continued my education at Seton Hall University where I obtained my Masters degree in Speech Language Pathology. I enjoy being part of this village and watching all the scholars grow!
Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant (LDTC)Hello! My name is Ms. Shauna Kennedy and I am the Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant (LDTC) for the Village (K-12). I have been a part of the village for 2 years. I give educational strategies and interventions to teachers, do observations as well as test students who are referred to the Child Study Team. I have an undergraduate degree in Special Education from East Carolina University, a Masters’ in Teaching Special Education from National University as well as a Masters’ in Principal/Administration from Monmouth University. I also have educational certificates as an LDTC, Teacher of the Handicapped and a Supervisor. I taught for 18 years as a Special Education teacher in Self-Contained, Resource Room and In-Class Support classrooms in central New Jersey and as a Resource Teacher Coordinator in another Charter School in Newark for 2 years. Currently, I am supporting the Elementary MPTCS campus by assisting with Breakfast duty and with the after school/enrichment programs as well as being a member of multiple committees.
Erin RooneySchool PsychologistGreetings MPTCS Village! My name is Erin Rooney and I am the School Psychologist for the entire Village. I have the pleasure of working with scholars in grades K-12 as a member of the MPTCS Child Study Team and I also serve as a case manager for students in kindergarten, first, and second grades who are receiving special education and/or related services. As both a School Psychologist and IEP case manager, I enjoy the opportunity to collaborate with parents, teachers, and other members of the school team in support of our students’ academic, social, emotional, and/or behavioral functioning within the school setting. This is my third year at MPTCS and I am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful Village! Before returning to New Jersey and coming to MPTCS, I worked as a school psychologist in three different public school districts in Pennsylvania. I hold a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Psychology and Elementary Education (K-8) from Ramapo College of New Jersey. I continued my education at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where I obtained a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Child Clinical/School Psychology and an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in School Psychology.