One Team, One Purpose
Sparta Township Public Schools views public education as a continuum of instruction, programs, interventions and services that respond to individual student needs. In the event that a child with a disability requires special education and related services, the district will provide the child with an individualized education program. Progress monitoring is on-going to ensure the child has the supports necessary to make meaningful progress. Children will have the opportunity to interact with, and be educated with, children who do not have disabilities to the maximum extent appropriate. Sparta Special Services recognizes the value of a home/school partnership and is committed to parent involvement for the purpose of our students.
Director of Special Services
Dr. Hamblin entered the Sparta Township School District in July 2015 after working as the Director of Special Services in Randolph Township School District, in Morris County. She recently completed the educational doctoral program at Caldwell University with a concentration in special education. She has a master's degree in educational leadership from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a master's degree in the art of teaching from Marygrove College. She is a graduate of Elizabethtown College with a degree in early childhood education and elementary education.
Dr. Hamblin was a teacher for 10 years in Hunterdon County before beginning her administrative career in Warren County as the assistant principal and supervisor of curriculum and instruction in Hope Township School District. She was a principal and a K-8 director of curriculum in the Great Meadows School District prior to joining the Randolph Township School District in 2010. She has worked in education for 22 years.
Dr. Hamblin values relationships with all members of the learning community and encourages open communication. She is happy to be a part of the Sparta Township School District and enjoys being a part of the children’s opportunities to discover their personal talents and strengths.
Supervisor of Special Education
Mrs. Castorina began working in the Sparta School District in 2010 as a school social worker on the Child Study Team at both the middle school and elementary school levels. Mrs. Castorina holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology from Rutgers University, and a Master’s of Social Work degree from New York University. She is currently taking educational leadership courses through Centenary College.
Mrs. Castorina has an extensive clinical background that includes working in the mental health field with adults, children, and families at Saint Clare’s Hospital. She spent ten years working at the Park Lake School where she specialized in supporting students with autism. Her work not only included helping students, but partnering with parents, siblings, and grandparents, as well.
Collaboration is an integral part of Mrs. Castorina’s work. She values taking a team approach when it comes to the well-being of a student. She embodies the whole student approach. Supporting parents and understanding their needs helps her to foster a positive relationship in the school setting. Mrs. Castorina enjoys being a part of the supervisory team in the Sparta School District.
Dr. Danielle A. Hamblin
Director of Special Services
Supervisor, Special Education
Secretary to the Director