Academics

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.

  • 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)
    Bio
  • Dr. Penina Bukiet 

    Dwight-Englewood School
    Psychologist
    (201) 227-3168
    Bio
  • Ms. Elizabeth "Betsey" Carson 

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

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

    Dwight-Englewood School
    Teacher
    917-204-6450
    Bryn Mawr College - A.B.
    Teachers College Columbia University - M.A.
    Bio
  • Ashley Gray 

    Dwight-Englewood School
    Lower School Learning Specialist
    (201) 227-3165
    Bio
  • 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.
    Bio
  • Mrs. Julie Luchs 

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

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

    Dwight-Englewood School
    Nurse
    (201) 227-3163
    Bio
  • Ms. Elizabeth "Liz" Traub 

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

    Dwight-Englewood School
    Dean / Support Class Teacher
    (201) 227-3237
    Columbia University - M.A.
    Smith College - B.A.
    Bio
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.