Director of Special Services

Michael Reinknecht

LETTER OF INTRODUCTION

August 1, 2017

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students of the West Morris Regional High School District,

I am excited to be joining West Morris Regional as the Director of Special Services after serving for over 20 years in New Jersey public schools as a special education teacher and as a Director of Special Services, most recently in the Wayne Township Public Schools.  I earned my B.A. degree in Special Education and my M.Ed. degree in Educational Leadership from William Paterson University, where I still keep my foot in the classroom as an adjunct professor in the graduate department of Special Education and Counseling.  Over the years, I have held other adjunct faculty positions at Centenary College and Kean University. 

As a lifelong educator and parent, I am committed to ensuring that every student enjoys the benefit of equal access to the best educational opportunities possible.  All student success begins in classrooms staffed by the very best teachers, and by all accounts, the students in West Morris Regional are well served by an excellent professional teaching staff and Child Study Team.  I am looking forward to supporting our professional staff in reaching the needs of every student, regardless of ability.  Because many students with disabilities require a comprehensive team approach to ensure the creation of successful educational programs, it is my privilege to work closely with the administration, staff and students of West Morris Regional through regular walkthroughs in each school.

Following in the footsteps of a wise, capable director like Dr. Leigh, I think you will find that like Dr. Leigh, I am approachable and enthusiastic in my advocacy for students with disabilities.  Our students remain at the center of all services and programs that we endeavor to provide, and establishing positive and respectful relationships with students, parents, and guardians is key to fulfilling our collective vision.  To that end, I remain available to the staff, students, and parents/guardians of West Morris should you ever have any concerns or questions.  I look forward to meeting the parents/guardians and students of West Morris Regional and to a year filled with success and growth for every one of our students.

Very sincerely yours,

Michael Reinknecht, M.Ed.
Director of Special Education

Contact
Through the District Office phone: (908) 879-6404 x 1477
District Special Education Office fax: (908) 879-5397 


Child Study Team
For information about specialized programs and services for students who may be experiencing a disability and need assistance or to make a referral:

Mendham High School: (973) 543-2501, ext. 4540

Central High School: (908) 879-5212, ext. 3540
District Office: (908) 879-6404, ext. 1476/1477

Ancillary Services 
Contact Pat Ercolano at (908)879-6404 x 1476.
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