Student Support Services

The Dwight Englewood School strives to support both the academic and social-emotional needs of students. We also recognize the challenges that, at times, may make learning difficult. The faculty has dedicated significant time to remain current with research on brain development and the best practices in education. These experiences have enhanced learning for all students.

Student Support Services was created in order to support the learning and social-emotional needs of all Dwight-Englewood students.

A Student Support Team (SST) meets weekly at each grade level to discuss students. Although the process of sharing information about students may vary slightly by division, the intent is the same. During these meetings a multi-disciplinary team comes together in order to identify student needs and develop a plan to address these needs. These teams, consisting of learning specialists, psychologists, administrators, Deans (in the Middle and Upper School), and classroom teachers, bring the resources of the School together to support individual students and groups of students. In addition to discussing students who are in need of our support, we periodically touch base on each students in order to better ensure success for all.

Moreover, parents are an integral part of the Dwight-Englewood community and are encouraged to work collaboratively with the Student Support Team. A student, at times, presents differently at school than at home. Therefore, the insight of a parent is essential in order for us to create an effective plan to support any child.

Parent Advice: Developing Independent Students

Middle school students mature and develop at different paces.  Some students arrive home from school and independently complete their homework assignments. Other students require various levels of support to use organizational strategies. The process towards independence takes time. The goal is to allow your child to learn/internalize a process with your support and then to remove the supports and foster independence.

For more information, click here for Parent Advice: Developing Independent Students brochure.

Meet the Student Support Services Department

List of 12 members.

  • Photo of James Aitken

    Mr. James Aitken 

    Dwight-Englewood School
    Athletics, History, Middle School, Student Support
    (201) 227-3235
    Colorado College - B.A.
    Simmons College - M.A.
    University of Northern Colorado - Ed. S. (Ed. Specialist)
  • Photo of Penina Bukiet

    Dr. Penina Bukiet 

    Dwight-Englewood School
    (201) 227-3168
  • Photo of Elizabeth Carson

    Ms. Elizabeth "Betsey" Carson 

    Dwight-Englewood School
    (201) 227-3156
    St. Bonaventure University - M.S.
    Elmira College - B.A.
  • Photo of Sophia Dorner

    Ms. Sophia Dorner 

    Dwight-Englewood School
    Lower School Learning Specialist
    (201) 227-3166
    Long Island University - M.S.Ed.
  • Photo of Cecily Gottling

    Ms. Cecily Gottling 

    Dwight-Englewood School
    Bryn Mawr College - A.B.
    Teachers College Columbia University - M.A.
  • Photo of Ashley Gray

    Ashley Gray 

    Dwight-Englewood School
    Lower School Learning Specialist
    (201) 227-3165
  • Photo of Maureen Krane

    Mrs. Maureen Krane 

    Dwight-Englewood School
    Lower School Nurse
    (201) 227-3162
    Thomas Edison State College - B.S.
    Englewood Hospital School of Nursing - R.N.
  • Photo of Julie Luchs

    Mrs. Julie Luchs 

    Dwight-Englewood School
    Middle School Learning Specialist
    (201) 227-3157
  • Photo of Deirdre O'Malley Psy.D.

    Ms. Deirdre O'Malley Psy.D. 

    Dwight-Englewood School
    U.S. Psychologist
    (201) 227-3158
  • Photo of Sara Schulman

    Ms. Sara Schulman 

    Dwight-Englewood School
    (201) 227-3163
  • Photo of Elizabeth Traub

    Ms. Elizabeth "Liz" Traub 

    Dwight-Englewood School
    Dean / Support Class Teacher
    (201) 227-3236
    Harvard University - Ed.M.
    Ithaca College - B.S.
  • Photo of Tasha Urbanowski

    Ms. Tasha Urbanowski 

    Dwight-Englewood School
    Dean / Support Class Teacher
    (201) 227-3237
    Columbia University - M.A.
    Smith College - B.A.
Located in Englewood, New Jersey, Dwight-Englewood is a greater New York City area private school with a rigorous college prep curriculum for boys and girls in preschool through grade 12.