Child Study Team Services

Child Study Team Services

The Child Study Team (CST) is a group of professionals employed by the Upper Freehold Board of Education who provide consultative, evaluative, and prescriptive services to teachers and parents in regard to students who are experiencing school related difficulties.

Who are the members of the Child Study team?

The members of the Child Study Team as determined by the New Jersey Department of Education are a school psychologist, a learning disabilities teacher consultant (LDTC) and a school social worker who are employed by the district.

Newell Elementary School CST Office 609-259-7292 X2122

Dona Daesener
Dona Daesener - school psychologist  

Valentina Ward
Dr. Valentina Ventola-Ward - school psychologist  

Dana Schleider
Dana Schleider - LDTC and high school evaluations  

Ellie Bills
Ellie Ventura-Bills - social worker, home base is AHS  

Veronica Christenson
Veronica Christenson - speech therapist

Wendy Ray
Wendy Ray - speech therapist  

Staci Wible
Staci Wible - speech therapist

Aimee Greenbaum
Aimee Greenbaum - physical therapist 

Mary Pat Kochenash
Mary Pat Kochenash - occupational therapist

Rachel Rondinelli
Rachel Rondinelli - occupational therapist


Stone Bridge Middle School CST Office 609-259-7292 X5802

Christi Santora
Christi Santora - school psychologist  

Louise Smith
Louise Smith - LDTC  

Ellie Bills
Ellie Ventura-Bills - social worker, home base is AHS  

Veronica Christenson
Veronica Christenson - speech therapist  

Suzanne Maher
Suzanne Maher - speech therapist  

Aimee Greenbaum
Aimee Greenbaum - physical therapist  


Mary Pat Kochenash
Mary Pat Kochenash - occupational therapist

Rachel Rondinelli
Rachel Rondinelli - occupational therapist

Allentown High School CST Office 609-259-7292 X1427

Kathy Kiely

Kathleen Kiely - school psychologist   

Chris Leuper
Dr. Christopher Leuper - school psychologist  

Ellie Bills
Ellie Ventura-Bills - social worker   

Wendy Ray
Wendy Ray - speech therapist   

Aimee Greenbaum
Aimee Greenbaum - physical therapist  

Mary Pat Kochenash
Mary Pat Kochenash - occupational therapist

Rachel Rondinelli
Rachel Rondinelli - occupational therapist

What are the responsibilities of the school psychologist?

The school psychologist has expertise in determining a child's level of cognitive and conceptual development. In addition the psychologist is concerned with the emotional status of the student, and how both internal and external factors may affect behavior and performance in school. The school psychologist works with both general education and special education teachers to maximize a student's potential.

What are the responsibilities of the learning disabilities teacher consultant?

The learning consultant (LDTC) is trained to determine the learning styles of students, to determine specific achievement levels in a variety of content areas, and to recommend specific teaching methods and strategies that may benefit a student. This professional is generally called upon to model specific strategies and methods that may benefit students.

What are the responsibilities of the school social worker?

The expertise of the social worker lies in assessing the student relative to the family, the school, and the community. This professional generally gathers information concerning the student's health, family, and school history as it pertains to the student's current school functioning. The social worker is also the professional responsible for coordinating community resources on behalf of students and their families.

What are the responsibilities of the occupational therapist?

The occupational therapists (OT) are health care professionals who utilize evidence-based practice, research, scientific evidence, and a holistic perspective to promote independence, meaningful occupations, and patients' functional ability to fulfill their daily routines and roles (Wikipedia).  

Occupational therapy services typically include:
   *An individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person's goals,
 *  Customized intervention to improve the person's ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and
  * An outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.  
(https://www.aota.org/About-Occupational-Therapy.aspx)

What are the responsibilities of the physical therapist?

The physical therapists (PT) are health care professionals that are movement experts who improve the quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care, and patient education. (https://www.apta.org/your-career/careers-in-physical-therapy/becoming-a-pt)

What are the responsibilities of the speech therapist?

The speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are often called speech therapists, are educated in the study of human communication, its development, and its disorders. SLPs assess speech, language, cognitive-communication, and oral/feeding/swallowing skills. This lets them identify a problem and the best way to treat it. (https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/speech-therapy.html#:~:text=Speech%2Dlanguage%20pathologists%20(SLPs),best%20way%20to%20treat%20it.)