Child Study Team

 

Description of a CST:

The Child Study Team is comprised of a school psychologist, a social worker, and a learning disabilities teacher/consultant (LDT/C). This multidisciplinary team evaluates students to determine eligibility for special education, aids in designing appropriate and least restrictive programs for students who demonstrate difficulty in learning, and monitors students’ individual education programs (IEP). The CST provides case management services for students with IEPs and consults with teachers, parents, related service providers, and outside agencies (as needed with parent consent).


Staff Bios:

Ms. Scrabonia earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Rowan University and her Masters Degree in Social Work at Rutgers University. She has been in the South Brunswick School District as a Child Study Team member since 2018. Ms. Scrabonia has worked as a CST member on teams at South Brunswick High School, Brunswick Acres Elementary School, and Indian Fields at Dayton Elementary School. She is a certified School Social Worker in the state of New Jersey. She also works as a therapist for a private practice in East Brunswick, New Jersey.


Molly.Scrabonia@sbschools.org

732-297-2480 ext. 5215


Mrs. Pagonis has been working in the South Brunswick School District for the past thirteen years, first as a School Counselor and then as a School Social Worker on the Child Study Team. Mrs. Pagonis earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Scranton and her Master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. She is a certified School Social Worker in the state of New Jersey and has over 20 years’ experience in working with children and their families.


Melanie.pagonis@sbschools.org

732-297-2480, ext. 3505


Dr. Jessica Fernandez is a graduate of Pace University’s Combined School-Clinical Child Psychology program. She is a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist in the state of New Jersey. Dr. Fernandez has been a member of the South Brunswick School District and Greenbrook Elementary School Child Study Team since September of 2016. Dr. Fernandez also has experience working in clinical settings with children, adolescents, and their families.


Jessica.Fernandez@sbschools.org

732-297-2480 ext. 3513

My name is Brian Eichert and I am excited to join the South Brunswick community as a Behavior Specialist in the district. I started in South Brunswick last year as a pre-doctoral school psychology intern on the Response to Intervention team. Prior to that, I worked as a school psychologist intern, counselor in a school-based mental health clinic, private clinician, and social-emotional learning consultant.


I graduated from Rutgers University with my BA in Psychology and then decided to continue my educational journey at Rutgers in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology where I received both my Masters and Doctorate in School Psychology. It is my pleasure to work alongside school staff and administrators to build capacity and provide the resources needed to help all different types of learners succeed.


Helpful Resources:

https://www.superduperinc.com/handouts/pdf/478_IEPMeeting.pdf



https://www.superduperinc.com/handouts/pdf/454_IEPTeam.pdf


https://www.superduperinc.com/handouts/pdf/107_Educational_Achievement.pdf