TLC Team

Mrs. Amanda Bassford, Teacher

Mrs. Bassford has been teaching for 13 years.  She has bachelor’s degrees in elementary & special education from St. Joseph’s University.  She also holds a master’s degree in reading from St Joseph’s.  Mrs. Bassford has taught several grade levels and enjoys learning about students and determining the best way to help them reach their goals.   With her diverse educational experiences, she promises to reach the needs of all learners by getting to know them personally.  With this approach, students can take risks and feel comfortable learning during all facets of their educational experience.  

A fun fact about Mrs. Bassford:   I am married to a fellow Montgomery teacher and I love spending time at the beach with my family.

 

Ms. Priya Doshi, Teacher

Ms. Doshi has been an elementary school teacher for 8 years.  She is a proud graduate of Rutgers University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Spanish, followed by a master’s of education degree in elementary education.  Ms. Doshi has gained in-state, out-of-state, and international experience teaching multiple grades.  She believes it is important to establish a positive classroom community that enables every student to feel both academic and social-emotional success.

A fun fact about Ms. Doshi:  I love to travel, to explore new cultures, and to learn different languages.  I grew up speaking two Indian languages (Gujarati and Hindi) and have taken classes to learn Spanish, Italian, and French during my educational career.

 

Mrs. Alison Koblin, OT

Mrs. Koblin has been an occupational therapist for over 30 years and has worked in schools, hospitals and outpatient settings with children of all ages.  She received her occupational therapy degree in England and moved to the U.S. in 1987 to work for the Medical Center at Princeton. She has a master’s degree in counseling from the College of New Jersey.

Mrs. Koblin enjoys learning and expanding her skills as an OT through workshops and seminars.  She is level one certified through the Handwriting Without Tears program and is a believer in the use of this program to evaluate and remediate handwriting challenges.

A fun fact about Mrs. Koblin: I am a 200-hour certified yoga
teacher and loves to do yoga and movement with my students.

 

Mrs. Monica Olszyk, OT

Monica Olszyk has been an occupational therapist for 14 years.  She graduated from Kean University with her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy.  She worked in the hospital setting with adult rehab at the start of her career; however switched over to pediatrics after 3 years.  Since then she has had the opportunity to work with pediatrics,  early intervention, outpatient, hospital, aquatics and school setting (private and public).   Monica continues to learn new skills through attending many workshop and courses.  She is trained in Handwriting Without Tears program, Therapeutic Listening Program, and has attended many sensory integrative courses.

A fun fact about Mrs. Olszyk:  I am an avid runner and have run a few ½ marathons.  Running is my stress release and I have been encouraging my kids to run too!

 

Mrs. Renee Perovich, Teacher

Mrs. Perovich has been teaching for 13 years and has a dual certification in both elementary education and special education.  Her bachelor’s degree in elementary education was earned at Indiana University and her special education certification was earned through the master’s program at Rutgers University.  Mrs. Perovich has been a special education teacher at Orchard Hill Elementary School, in Montgomery Township School District for 11 years.  She enjoys working with students to develop their academic, emotional and social skills.

A fun fact about Mrs. Perovich:  I have performed in many plays and productions.  I love to use singing and dancing to help my students learn new skills!

 

Ms. Jessica Roberts, Teacher

Ms. Roberts has been teaching as an elementary school teacher for 10 years. She has her bachelor’s degree in both psychology and special education/elementary education and her master’s in special education/elementary education.  Both of these degrees were earned at The College of New Jersey.  Additionally, Ms. Roberts is a certified Learning Disabilities Teaching Consultant and certified Wilson Reading level 1 teacher. She is currently working towards the Wilson Reading level 2 certification.

A fun fact about Ms. Roberts: I have a very spoiled French Bulldog named Frankie who gets dressed up for all occasions.

 

Mrs. Brienne Rodriguez, Teacher

Mrs. Rodriguez has been teaching for 16 years.  She has bachelor’s degrees in elementary education and child psychology from Moravian College.  She also has a master’s degree in early childhood education as well as a TESOL certification (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).  Mrs. Rodriguez loves teaching culturally and linguistically diverse learners and balances her instruction to address the need for both academic and social language proficiency in the classroom.

A fun fact about Mrs. Rodriguez:  I started college as an art major but switched to education after working as a camp counselor.  She now loves to do art projects with her two sons.

 

Mrs. Melissa Sandler, Teacher

Mrs. Sander has been teaching for 12 years and is a graduate of Boston University.  She has a double major in elementary and special education.  Since graduating, she has taught in grades 2-7 in special education and enrichment classrooms.  Mrs. Sander is also certified in Wilson reading.  She loves working with students to help them manage their emotions, regulate behaviors, and achieve their academic and social goals!

A fun fact about Mrs. Sandler:  I have 2 large Newfoundlands that people often mistake for bears or buffalos, and a 1 year old daughter who thinks she is the boss of them!

 

Ms. Laura Sapnar, Teacher

Ms. Sapnar has been teaching for 19 years.  She has her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Rider University.  Additionally, she earned a master’s Degree in early childhood education from The College of New Jersey.  Ms. Sapnar continues to grow academically each year by taking classes geared toward staying educated and informed on the constant changes in educational practices.

A fun fact about Ms. Sapnar:  My favorite thing to do is spend time with my daughter, Harper.

 

Mrs. Suzanne Trautwein, Teacher

Mrs. Trautwein taught in elementary school for 13 years as a classroom teacher and as an academic support teacher for grades Kindergarten through 5th grade.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from Holy Family University and she received her master’s degree in educational leadership from Pepperdine University.  Additionally, she has coached all levels of softball for over 20 years and still enjoys playing on local teams.

A fun fact about Mrs. Trautwein:  My husband, “Mr. T”,  is also a teacher and a coach.  Both Mr. T and I enjoy all sports related activities.  Together we  love spending time with our 2 young daughters.

 

Ms. Kelly Vucin, Teacher

Ms. Kelly Vucin has been teaching at Village Elementary School, in Montgomery Township, for 12 years.  She loves that each year brings about changes and opportunities to grow professional and personally.  Over the years Ms. Vucin has had the pleasure of teaching a population of enrichment, academic support, and ESL students.  She loves embracing each student’s unique strengths and talents and guiding each learner towards success, academically, socially, and emotionally.   Ms. Vucin is a proud graduate of Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania.  She earned her bachelor’s degree with concentrations in Language Arts and Psychology.

A fun fact about Ms. Vucin:  She got the “travel bug” recently and over past few summers has experienced the cultures of Spain, Iceland, Portugal, and Poland.  Her perspective of the world has changed for the better!

 

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