Scott Corbett, Principal mail-128

Mr. Corbett takes an innovative educational approach to learning by fostering collaboration between students, staff, and community.  He encourages outside the box thinking, developing active and creative minds and promotes a high-performance atmosphere to achieve personal best and optimal performance in both students and staff. Mr. Corbett holds a BA in special education and a MA in school administration from Georgian Court University.  He has been a certified school administrator since 2003.  He is a member of the Toms River Health & Support Collation and the Basie Collective Impact Initiative. He is also a 2017 recipient of the Governors’ Award for Arts Education and a 2015 Impact Toms River Awardee.  Mr. Corbett has partnered with Kula-Kamala foundation, Ocean County Artists Guild, The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation, The Geraldine R Dodge Foundation and several Universities.  Mr. Corbett firmly believes these partnerships will bring Ocean Academy to the forefront of special education and create learners that are actively engaged in life.

Meet The Team

  • Judy Woodward
    Judy Woodward Administrative Assistant

    Ms. Judy Woodward has been an Administrative Assistant at Ocean Academy since November 2001.  She handles the day to day communications with the school districts as well as whatever else needs to be done.  She enjoys being around the children and helps out where and whenever needed.  If you should have any questions, please feel free to give her a call.

  • Dr. Karen Senese
    Dr. Karen Senese School Psychiatrist

    Dr. Senese is a 1992 graduate of St. George’s University Medical School.  She completed her training at Robert Wood Johnson, UMDNJ.  She has been the Ocean Academy Psychiatrist since 2002, servicing our students on a weekly basis and is on call when we need her.  Dr. Senese is a valuable asset to our staff and  maintains a private practice in Toms River.

  • Eileen Catalano
    Eileen Catalano English/Social Studies Teacher

    Ms. Eileen Catalano earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Seton Hall University and is certified K-12 in English and Social Studies and holds a certificate for Teacher of Students with Disabilities.  She served on committees for curriculum planning, Anti-Bullying, New Teacher Mentoring, and School Social Skills. Ms. Catalano has helped Ocean Academy to fostered relationships with, The Ocean County Artists Guild, LakeHouse Music Academy, and the Count Basie Collective Impact to bring the arts and arts strategies into the classroom.  She works with students to reach their full potential, academically, socially, and creatively.

  • Lynn Newman
    Lynn Newman Supervisor of Clinical Services/School Social Worker

    Mrs. Lynn Newman is a licensed clinical social worker having earned her Master’s Degree of Social Work from Rutgers University.  Her undergraduate degree is in elementary and early childhood education.  She is a certified teacher and school social worker.  She coordinates the clinical staff, supervises our interns and assists where needed.

  • David Berman
    David Berman Elementary/Middle School Teacher

    Mr. Dave Berman has been a teacher at Ocean Academy since 2001.  Mr. Berman graduated from Monmouth University with a degree in Business Administration. After working in business for a few years he realized he wanted to teach children.  He returned to school and became a teacher of special needs students. He is highly qualified and certified to teach K-8 special education students.

  • Jessica LaRosa
    Jessica LaRosa Business/Computer Teacher

    Ms. Jessica LaRosa is a graduate of Monmouth University (B.S. in Business Administration). Ms. LaRosa held positions in the private sector in human resources. Ms. LaRosa returned to Rider University and completed the Graduate Level Teacher Certification Program. Ms. LaRosa is certified as an Elementary School Teacher and a Teacher of Business.

  • Judy Crosta
    Judy Crosta Instructional Paraprofessional/Substitute Teacher

    Mrs. Judy Crosta has worked as an instructional aide and certified substitute teacher for Ocean Academy since 2004. Prior to this, she worked as a substitute teacher for Toms River Regional Schools and Ocean County Vocational Schools and as a substitute residential counselor for Ocean Mental Health.  She attended Union County College and Kean University.

  • Marianne Nunn
    Marianne Nunn Bus Driver/Instructional Paraprofessional

    Mrs. Marianne Nunn has been working at Ocean Academy since June 2004.  She is the school Bus Driver, Para-Professional and also works in the cafeteria.  She is also employed at night with the Bayside program as a driver; which is affiliated with Ocean Mental Health; she has been there for 7 years.  She enjoys both of her jobs and really loves helping the children of the programs .

  • Charla Cole
    Charla Cole Instructional Paraprofessional/Substitute Teacher

    Mrs. Charla Cole has been an Instructional Paraprofessional at Ocean Academy since 2000. She graduated from Ocean County College in 2000 with an A.A. degree in Liberal Arts. She has most recently graduated from Drexel University  with a Bachelors of Science in Health Services Administration. Mrs.Cole is also a Certified Substitute Teacher through Ocean and Monmouth county school districts and works part time as an in home ABA therapist.

  • Teresa Salisbury
    Teresa Salisbury Educational Interpreter-Sign Language Interpreting

    Mrs. Teresa Salisbury earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Kean University in 1993 and a Certificate in Interpreting from Union County College in 2002.  She has worked in the interpreting field for 9 years at Ocean County College and Jackson School District. Teresa began working at OA in 2012 as a sign language interpreter and currently works as a one on one paraprofessional.

  • Thomas Goldberg
    Thomas Goldberg History Teacher

    Mr. Thomas Goldberg earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Secondary Education from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania in 2012.  He has also obtained a Certificate of Eligibility to teach Social Studies at the Secondary level.  During the course of his collegiate career, he worked with students through programs such as CEO Kid’s Café and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Bridge.

  • Kelly Walsh
    Kelly Walsh Board Certified Behavior Analyst

    Mrs. Kelly Walsh earned her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Georgian Court University. Her undergraduate degree is in Psychology from Stockton University. Prior to working at Ocean Academy Mrs. Walsh worked with developmentally disabled individuals providing ABA therapy.

  • Robert Austin
    Robert Austin Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    Mr. Robert Austin  is a licensed clinical social worker who earned his Masters Degree from Monmouth University – he is a certified school social worker and a dedicated professional who has been working with children and adolescents for many years assisting them in making better decisions and improving their lives.

  • Shetina Barnes
    Shetina Barnes M.Ed, SAC, School Social Worker

    Mrs. Shetina Barnes holds a Master of Education degree from Georgian Court University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University.  She is a certified School Social Worker, Supervisor and Substance Awareness Coordinator.  Mrs. Barnes oversees state testing at Ocean Academy, in addition to providing counseling, case management and social skills training to students.

  • Robert Scheiderman
    Robert Scheiderman Instructional Paraprofessional

    Mr. Robert Scheiderman has substituted since 2003, working for the OC Vocational-Technical Schools (OCVTS) and TR Regional Schools. He graduated from Ocean County College, and Kean University.  In 2010 he earned a Bachelor’s degree from the New School University in New York and most recently completed the Master of Letters degree (M.Litt) at Drew University, Madison, NJ. He is currently in the Doctor of Letters program at Drew.

  • Alyssa Saunders
    Alyssa Saunders School Social Worker

    Ms. Alyssa Saunders earned her Bachelor’s in Social Work from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 2014. She earned her Masters of Social Work with a concentration in children and families from  Monmouth University in 2015. She has also received her school social worker certificate.


  • Heather Lacher
    Heather Lacher Instructional Paraprofessional

    Mrs. Heather Lacher graduated from Kean University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Elementary Education.  During the course of her collegiate career, she worked as a substitute teacher for Brick Township School.  Prior to Ocean Academy, Heather has worked as an Instructional Assistant in the Special Education Department at Freehold Township High School.


  • Margaret Beecher
    Margaret Beecher School Nurse

    Mrs. Margaret Beecher is a certified school nurse in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She graduated from Holy Family College now University in Philadelphia, having earned her B.S.N.  She went on and received her master’s degree in Health Education from St. Joseph’s University, also in Philadelphia.  She has been working in the school nursing profession for thirty years. She has worked in Philadelphia and New Jersey schools and the Juvenile Justice Commission. She currently works part time with Bayada Pediatrics home care.

  • Megan McQueen
    Megan McQueen Instructional Paraprofessional

    Megan McQueen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education from New Jersey City University and is a certified Teacher of the Handicapped (PK-12).  Prior to working at Ocean Academy, she spent the past 10 years teaching a self-contained autism classroom in both public and private school settings.  Megan also provides in-home ABA therapy throughout the state and has recently completed her Masters Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University.

  • Vanessa Hausser
    Vanessa Hausser Occupational Therapist

    Vanessa Hausser is a licensed occupational therapist who earned her Master’s of Science Degree from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia.  She has worked in a variety of practice settings, including inpatient and day rehab, home health and early intervention.  Since 2004, she has worked in the educational setting serving many local school districts, grades pre- k to 12 in the Ocean County area.  She currently holds part-time positions with Ocean Gate and Bay Head Elementary Schools.  She also serves on the Targeted Evaluation Team for the New Jersey Early Intervention System.

  • Lisa Picciotto-Grassi
    Lisa Picciotto-Grassi Speech Language Pathologist

    Lisa PicciottoGrassi is a Speech Language Pathologist at Ocean Academy. She earned her Bachelors in Communication Science Disorders from Pace University in 2003, and her Masters in Speech/Language Pathology from New York Medical College in 2007.

    Lisa has recently completed coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis in Manhattanville College. She has been trained in Verbal Behavior and PROMPT therapy. Lisa’s professional interests include infant language development, autism spectrum disorders, and behavioral feeding disorders. She loves to collaborate with her colleagues, problem solve, and learn from her students and their families.

  • Mr. Nick Zaza
    Mr. Nick Zaza Gym Teacher/Instructional Paraprofessional

    Mr. Nick Zaza earned his Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education from Kean University in 2014. He has worked in the Toms River School District as a substitute teacher since 2014. He coaches Varsity football and freshman basketball at Toms River High School North.

  • Jennifer Vinges
    Jennifer Vinges Substitute Teacher/Yoga Instructor

    Jennifer Vinges graduated from Trenton State College with a degree in Corporate Fitness.  She has been a certified personal trainer through American Council of Exercises for over 20 years.  Completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training, yin yoga training, kids yoga training, is working on an additional 300 hour yoga training and continues to educate herself.  She has been training and teaching a healthy balanced lifestyle her entire life.  Jennifer’s hope is that some of her love and enthusiasm for a healthy balanced lifestyle passes on to her students.

  • John Bernaski
    John Bernaski Health/Physical Education, Instructional Paraprofessional

    Mr. John Bernaski completed his Bachelor’s degree in the studies of Health and Physical Education in 2015. He has a wide range of experience in his past careers. Mr. Bernaski graduated from the Ocean County Police Academy in 2012 resulting in his exposure to handling crisis situations. Prior to Ocean Academy, his education experience derived from substitute teaching at Monmouth Reginal High School. From 2015-2017 he worked at Good Sports Allaire Country Day Summer Camp further broadening his skills in working with children.

  • Kimmy Wada
    Kimmy Wada Instructional Paraprofessional

    Miss Kimmy Wada graduated from NYU in 2012 with a BS in Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education and a BA in English/American Literature. She has experience working with students with special needs from preschool through adulthood, in the home, out in the community, and in the classroom, as an instructional paraprofessional, nanny, and special education teacher. She is certified to teach Students with Disabilities (K-12), Preschool – Grade 3, Elementary School, and English and is also a self-published author/illustrator of a children’s book entitled, “I Am Enough.” She is very excited to be joining the Ocean Academy team.

  • Kara Armellino
    Kara Armellino Instructional Paraprofessional

    Ms. Kara Armellino received her Bachelors degree in Art and Secondary Education from Monmouth University and is a certified teacher of art. Ms. Armellino has taught art for over 10 years at Inspired Minds Fine Art School in Lincroft, NJ. Before starting at Ocean Academy, Kara  has worked at both the elementary and high school levels in West Long Branch, Spring Lake  and Newark, NJ.

  • Drennan Hayden
    Drennan Hayden Art Teacher

    Drennan Hayden, a graduate of TCNJ in 2009, is well traveled and brings a plethora of experience to Ocean Academy. His career has traced through a number of industries. He has installed tile floors, driven forklifts, painted murals, welded ornamental ironwork and tossed pizza. He served as a substitute teacher for the Freehold Regional District. For 3 1/2 years, he performed a number of duties in a partial care facility and work rehab program which included case management, operations management, warehousing, conducting group therapy and art therapy. In his personal time, Drennan is a talented and accomplished  painter & illustrator. Drennans broad and extensive experience allows him to to offer students a comprehensive educational experience.”

  • Mrs. Gwendolyn Specht
    Mrs. Gwendolyn Specht Instructional Paraprofessional

    Mrs. Gwendolyn Specht graduated from Richard Stockton University in 2013 where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.  She is also a gold medal graduate of The Academy of Culinary Arts.  This led to her previous position as a garde manager chef and cake decorator.

    Gwendolyn also devotes some of her spare time as a volunteer with both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scout organizations.

  • Rose Wardell
    Rose Wardell Science Teacher

    Ms. Rose Wardell is a graduate of The College of New Rochelle (Bachelors of Science in Biology and Environmental Studies), Pace University (Master of Science in Environmental Science) and Montclair State University (Master of Arts in Teaching. She has worked as a science teacher in the middle school, high school and adult education schools for the last 7 years. Ms. Wardell is excited to bring her love of science and the natural world to the students at Ocean Academy.

  • Joseph Falana
    Joseph Falana Math Teacher

    Mr. Joseph Falana is our new math teacher with 33 years of experience.  He is a graduate of Collingswood High School (NJ) and the University of Scranton (PA).  He was a three sport athlete in college playing soccer, ice hockey, and baseball.

    Mr. Falana has taught in Haddonfield High School (NJ) and Pennsauken High School (NJ) until now.  He also was the Head Boy’s Soccer Coach for Haddonfield HS and his teams won 625 games, 7 NJ State Championships, and 32 Conference Titles.  He is a member of numerous Halls of Fame as a player or coach.

    He is happily married and lives in Brielle NJ and looking forward to being a productive and successful teacher at Ocean Academy.


Ocean Academy – 160 Route 9, Bayville, NJ 08721 – Phone: 732-505-2260 Fax: 732-505-1802