Our Team consists of Ann Gradman and Christina Faccas. Please see below for their bios and pics.
Our Team – Ann Gradman
Ann is our amazing Founding Executive Director at The Academy New Jersey. As you will quickly realize after meeting her, Ann’s love and passion for children is unmatched.
Ann has taught for 20 years in a variety of educational settings. She discovered her specific path in teaching when she realized that she wasn’t actually prepared to serve all of her students.
In 2007, Ann had recently moved back to NJ after living and working in CA, NY, and Ireland. She began teaching in Red Bank, NJ and had a 5th grade student who struggled with reading. With a Master’s Degree in Reading from NYU and 7 years of teaching experience, Ann felt confident that she could help. But, Ann soon realized that she did not have the tools to help this dyslexic student learn to read.
Ann Gradman set out to learn more about dyslexia and her journey into the world of Structured Literacy began. Ann learned about the benefits of multi-sensory reading instruction and she became trained in the Wilson Reading Program. In 2009, she received her Wilson certification and she has been using the program with dyslexic students ever since!
Ann Gradman – Executive Function Coach
In addition to being a certified dyslexia practitioner, Ann is a trained executive function coach. Many of her neurodiverse students have ADHD and/or executive dysfunction. Ann believes that the demands placed upon students are often beyond their current executive age (30% younger for students with ADHD). She maintains that in the rush to teach content, schools often skip over essential life skills such as organization, time management, and planning. Ann thoroughly enjoys supporting students in their development of executive function skills in order to help them seize opportunities and have a happy life!
Ann has a BA in History from Colgate University and an MA in Reading and Learning Disabilities from New York University. She is NJ State certified in Special Education, Elementary Education, Reading and she has administrator certification as a Supervisor.
Please contact Ann Gradman by email or call her at 732-856-8077. She loves talking about her school and how she can help your child succeed.
Our Team – Christina Faccas
Christina has four older sisters that gave her a total of 8 beautiful nieces and nephews, who are her world. She first became an aunt at the age of 13. Her oldest sister has microcephally, and she made Christina a huge part of who she am today. Ever since she was little, she’s always wanted to be a teacher and make an impact on children’s lives.
Christina received her Associates Degree in education at Brookdale Community College. She played women’s softball for two years while attending Brookdale, which is one of the main reasons she decided to start her education there. After, she decided to further her education at Kean University, where she made the Deans List and graduated with high honors and a BA in Elementary and Secondary Education with Mathematics.
Christina worked as an aid in a self-contained autistic classroom before receiving an opportunity to be a teacher at The Academy NJ. She absolutely loves what the Academy is about and is beyond happy with the change she made and the team she is a part of.