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Our Team.

From the hearts and minds of three Bergen County special education teachers, JTB (Just The Beginning) was created to provide the next exciting chapter for young adults with a wide range of abilities.

 

Although new to the scene as a DDD Vendor, the founders of JTB have a combined 25 years of experience instructing and serving young adults. Their ultimate goal of providing the supports needed to not only prepare- but inspire the best versions of their students before sending them off into post grad life. At the heart of their mission, they believe every person deserves a fulfilling social life, and a chance to experience the opportunities their community offers. Beyond providing a small community for clients to feel at ease with their peers at events, JTB offers ongoing instruction on advocating for oneself in public settings, supervision/support provided by verified staff members, and most importantly, the chance to create lasting memories with friends. As JTB grows, their model plans to eventually offer services not only for our clients, but for parents in the areas of community activities, socialization, 21+ planning, and family advocacy.

 

At JTB, we see graduation as the start of something really special, and we’d love for you to join us!

Jessica is a full-time teacher for an 18-21 special needs program in Bergen County. She graduated with her undergraduate degree in English and Education from Ramapo College, and then went on to obtain her Master’s Degree from Long Island University in Special Education with a concentration in Autism. Jessica feels very passionately about meeting the needs of individuals in a post-21 world, where resources are limited and state programs can be difficult to navigate. She is excited to be a part of JTB and to create opportunities for advocacy and socialization amongst young adults living in a post-21 world.

Tina Marie is a full-time teacher for an 18-21 special needs program in Bergen County. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of Scranton. She then went on to obtain her Teacher of Students with Disability certification from William Paterson University and eventually her Master’s Degree in Special Education. Tina Marie has been working with the special needs population for 13 years in multiple capacities. She feels very passionately about giving individuals with disabilities every opportunity to become successful in their lives after their formal education has ended. Tina Marie is thrilled to be a part of the JTB team and to get the chance to help promote opportunities for socialization, advocacy, and lasting memories for adults living in the post-21 world.

Brianne got her start in education by accident (or perhaps divine intervention) when she decided to “try” teaching for a year or two before deciding on her next step. Her first classroom experience was in 2007, working at the Maywood campus of The South Bergen Jointure, as a paraprofessional in a Transitional Kindergarten class. This was her first experience with the world of autism and confirmed her passion for working in the field of special education.

For 11 years she worked as a high school special education teacher, specializing in English language instruction and social studies. Brianne made the jump to the world of 18-21 education two years ago, when she took on the role of transition counselor for a local public school district, allowing her to pursue her passion of helping special needs families build the future of their young adults deserve. Brianne has a double bachelors in English and history from The City University of New York, a Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education from New Jersey City University, a Masters Of Education in School Administration from New Jersey City University, and post-graduate credentials in Orton Gillingham and toward certification as a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant.

When she’s not working with the most amazing students and staff (ever) or planning with her JTB Team she enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and her menagerie of pets exploring and going on adventures.

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