Alyssa Futterman is an Occupational Therapist working part- time at Manhattan Star Academy. She received her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from Sacred Heart University, has clinical experience at a school and has worked in a private practice and continues to work in a sensory clinic. Using a multi-sensory approach for these preschool and school aged children with development delays, sensory deficits, motor skills delays and Autism, Alyssa has always strived to make therapy fun and meaningful. She tries to work with families and keep the range of communication as open as possible. She wants parents to feel comfortable and feel like they can discuss anything about their child with her. She is always looking to help! Alyssa is thrilled to be part of the Manhattan Star Academy team this year!
Jasmine graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and continued on to receive her Masters degree in Speech Language Pathology from Lehman College. She’s had multiple opportunities to work with elementary and preschool-age children with a variety of communication disorders and extensive experience working with children with mild-moderate to severe communication and language delays, secondary to their diagnoses. Jasmine enjoys working with children of all ages and strives to create a fun and positive learning environment. She incorporates functional skills in therapy in order to promote carryover of speech therapy skills. She also is a strong believer in collaborating with other therapists, teachers and parents in order to reinforce skills learned in the therapeutic setting.
Corey has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2015. She has over 5 years of experience working with children with special needs implementing ABA strategies and techniques. Corey began her work in a specialized ABA school for children with Autism while attending the University of Virginia. Post graduation, she began working in children’s homes to build in home behavioral programs. She then taught in an ABA based preschool. Two years ago Corey moved to NYC where she returned to in home ABA programming. In May, 2017 she joined the Manhattan Star Academy team. She is so excited to be working at MSA collaborating with both teachers and therapist to fulfill the behavioral needs of each student!
Ali attended the University of Maryland in College Park and received a B.S./M.Ed. in early childhood special education. She serves on the University of Maryland, College Park College of Education Board of Advisors. Ali previously taught elementary special education in Falls Church, Virginia for two years, and this is her third year of teaching. She is excited to be back home in New York. Ali is thrilled to join the MSA team in the Star B classroom!
Teacher Charlene, who has been teaching since 2004, believes that building partnerships with parents is crucial to her role as a teacher and to each child's success. She encourages parents to be actively involved members of the Manhattan Star Academy community and maintains close contact with families throughout the school year. Charlene received her master's degree in Special Education in 2009 and her bachelor's degree in 2007 from Dowling College. she resides in Long Island with her husband and their two daughters, whom she considers to be her best teachers regarding the powerful impact that parents can have on the emotional and academic development of their children. Charlene's goal is to instill a love of learning in all of her students that will grow and be nurtured throughout their lives. firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent Committee Minutes 1/17/17
We would like to welcome the newest member of our team, Coach Mike. Mike Shipper is a certified personal trainer who specializes in fitness programs for children and adolescents with special needs. He designs training regimens that take the emphasis off competition and place it on “play" by incorporating games, which are designed and modified to the capabilities of the child/adolescent, into each session. His philosophy is one of INclusion, not EXclusion. He believes that the best way to include a child or adolescent in an activity is to find out what he/she loves, such as a favorite television series or character, a video or computer game, or even a movie; he uses that as motivation. He teaches kids to actively pursue excellence in small, manageable increments through his method of EMPOWER. In essence, Coach Mike teaches kids how to move properly in order to reduce the risk of injury, while focusing on continuous improvement, not performance. Overall, his objective is to enable any child, regardless of ability or background, to have an active life through play/exercise and, ultimately, develop a long-term love for exercise.