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I would like to take this opportunity to introduce Dr. Nicole Fried, new case manager for the Nova Elementary program, located in Emerson.  Dr. Fried has worked as a School Psychologist for the past 13 years in a variety of educational settings and is happy to call Bergen County Special Services her new home.  With a degree in School/Child Clinical Psychology, Dr. Fried is excited to bring her experience with students with emotional and behavioral needs to the Nova Program. 

I would like to invite you to learn more about the program by contacting Dr. Fried.  She would be happy to meet with you here in Emerson for a tour of our program or attend your next CST meeting.  Please call her at 201-343-6000, ext 5804 to speak with her.  We look forward to hearing from you.


Dr. Lodhi


Located in Emerson, New Jersey at the Patrick M. Villano Elementary School, the NOVA Elementary Program utilizes a number of strategies and tools to bring high-interest academic activities to our students. All of our teachers are Highly Qualified Teachers (HQT). Our highly-trained, experienced staff creates a nurturing and supportive environment in a semi-contained setting.

NOVA Elementary:

• Educates students in grades three through six;

• Prepares students to function successfully in a mainstream school setting;

• Provides an emotionally safe and secure structured environment;

• Maintains a low student/staff ratio, and;

• Offers students mainstream  opportunities in a general education setting.

Our Services include:

• Behavior management system;

• IEP-driven curriculum;

• Participation in PARCC testing;

• Support services;

• Community Circle Meeting;

• School-based counseling;

• Close parent/school communication;

  • Technology rich classroom including Smart Board, ipads and ibooks;and,
  • Access to assistive Technology Consultant.






We are firmly rooted in the commitment to provide an environment where students can experience success and ultimately transition to become productive and self-supporting citizens.

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