Special Education

Dear Parent/Guardian(s) and Students:

I hope that your summer is off to a great start. The purpose of this letter is to briefly introduce myself as the newly appointed Director of Special Services for Bergenfield Public Schools. My name is Laura Thoresen and my educational career has included working as an aide in a private school for students with autism and as a school psychologist and for the last nine years as Principal and Director of Special Services.

My educational philosophy is simple. I believe that all students can learn and possess special qualities or abilities. It is our job as educators to work with students and assist them in accessing these skills or abilities and provide an education that will allow students to reach their true potential. I plan to visit the classrooms and get involved in the various activities. This will afford me the opportunity to know our students and work directly with them.

With nurturing, guidance, and care, our students will mature and blossom into promising young adults.

I look forward to meeting you and to a wonderful year!


Laura Thoresen
Director of Special Services