Student Services

Welcome to the Upper Freehold Department of Student Services. The Department of Student Services works collaboratively with district staff, parents, and students to provide a free and appropriate public education to any student with a disability, ages 3 through 21, who is determined to be eligible for special education programs and/or services, per N.J.A.C. 6A:14. The administrative team provides leadership for a wide range of professional staff members and support personnel, including school psychologists, learning consultants, social workers, speech/language specialists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, sign language interpreters, special education teachers, and instructional assistants.

The Upper Freehold Regional School District provides a continuum of special education and related services to eligible students, including out-of-district programs in public and private settings. Services are designed to provide learning in a least restrictive environment and will include various placement options, such as in-district self-contained classes, resource in-class and pull-out replacement programs, general education programs with appropriate accommodations and modifications, and related services. All programs and services are based upon individual students' needs as determined by each student's individualized education plan (IEP).

Director:  Margarita Baldeo
Administrative Assistant: Louise San Nicola ext. 3350

Mrs. Margarita Baldeo is the Director of Student Services at Upper Freehold Regional School District. In addition to providing support for staff members, Mrs. Baldeo is deeply committed to developing strong partnerships between parents, community members and the school district in order to provide the best outcomes for students requiring special education services. She is passionate about developing a continuum of programs for students including their mental health needs.

Prior to coming to Upper Freehold Regional School District, Mrs. Baldeo was the Supervisor of Student Services and Programs for the Hamilton Township School District, where she was responsible for supervising the special education programs, child study team members, related service providers, school counselors, nurses, and student assistance counselors. As a licensed clinical mental health clinician, Mrs. Baldeo has also served as the traumatic loss coalition liaison in prior districts, which granted her the opportunity to provide vital staff training on mental health topics and provide crisis counseling and psycho educational play therapy interventions to children, adolescents, and families. Mrs. Baldeo's background in mental health provided her the opportunity to implement a multi-tiered mental health system of support that would provide access to resources to all students when needed. Mrs. Baldeo is a strong community advocate for at-risk children and adolescents where she frequently volunteers her time to provide bilingual clinical services to vulnerable populations. Mrs. Baldeo is passionate about working with underrepresented populations, fostering community outreach, and promoting educational access for all students.

Meet the Student Services Team Members 

Newell Elementary Child Study Team Office

Dona Daesener
Dona Daesener - School Psychologist

Dr. Valentina Ventola-Ward
Dr. Valentina Ventola-Ward - School Psychologist

Dana Schleider
Dana Schleider - LDTC

Stone Bridge Middle School Child Study Team Office

Christi Santora
Christi Santora - School Psychologist

Louise Smith
Louise Smith - LDTC

Allentown High School Child Study Team Office

Kathy Kiely
Kathleen Kiley - School Psychologist

Ellie Bills
Ellie Ventura - Social Worker, Home Base AHS

Related Service Providers

Wendy Ray
Wendy Ray - Speech Therapist

Aimee Greenbaum
Dr. Aimee Greenbaum - Physical Therapist

Mary Pat Kochenash
Mary Pat Kochenash - Occupational Therapist

Rachel Rondinelli
Rachel Rondinelli - Occupational Therapist