Welcome to the Harbor School
When asked to describe the reason she chose Harbor School for her children, a parent stated,” after visiting a number of schools in the area, including public and private, I decided upon the Harbor School because of its genuine warmth and open and welcoming arms.” One of the first things that visitors comment on upon entering Harbor for the first time is this warm and friendly atmosphere that seems to permeate throughout the building.
Our students are greeted every morning by a staff that embraces each child’s unique personality and gears their efforts to helping each one achieve to the very best of their ability. We also reach out to our families on a daily basis in an ongoing spirit of cooperation and collaboration as we work together in support of their child’s educational program goals.
All of us here at the Harbor School willingly and earnestly commit ourselves each and everyday to share our expertise and knowledge with students and families alike with a spirit of caring and compassion. We are continually thankful to our families for entrusting their wonderful children to our care and remain inspired by their perseverance through life’s daily challenges. Our door is always open, and we invite you to come and experience a life fulfilled at Harbor School.
Principal, Harbor School
Happy New Year! The cold winter months of January and February find the Harbor School students keeping warm by staying active with our adaptive physical education and dance programs.
Our adaptive physical education program under the direction of Mr. Joe Mailloux features swimming, intramurals for basketball, soccer, floor hockey, baseball and softball, in addition to developing and refining specific skills for each student. Students may also participate in various specials including cheerleading, weight training, drivers education and walking aerobics.
Our dance program under the direction of Ms. Santhe Bielk, a certified dance instructor,, features instruction in tap, ballet, lyrical, jazz as well as the theatre arts. This program is structured to encourage physical fitness, discipline, and self-expression as well as an appreciation of music and movement. Upcoming in February we will host the Middletown Dance Company on Friday, February 6th for a combined performance/demonstration with our Harbor School students. On February 11th, we host our annual High School Valentine Dance Party with our friends from Alpha and Gateway Schools, including a DJ and lots of good food! Our elementary students also have their own celebration with music, snacks and dancing!
Our school continues to focus on providing opportunities for our students to interact with their non-disabled peers through cooperative learning experiences.
Over the past five years, students from the Harbor School and the Rumson Country Day School have interacted on a weekly basis by working and learning together. Students from both schools have also collaborated in a musical production, an art contest, and plans are currently underway for a community garden project.
Our students also share educational experiences with the St. Dominic School in Brick and will be travelling to this school in late March to teach our friends there how to play a game called, “Knock “Em Down.” We also have an ongoing relationship through interaction with students from the Mater Dei High School, Monmouth University and Rider University.
2013 Ruth K. Newman Award
- Lori Markel (Harbor School)
A graduate of Georgian Court University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education, Lori Markel has taught children with special needs for the past fourteen years. Prior to coming to Harbor School in 2001, Lori worked in the business world until deciding to pursue a career in education. All of us here at Harbor are thankful that Lori made this decision as she has earned the respect of students, staff and parents alike.
Ms. Markel or “Miss Lori”, as she is most affectionately known, has a very natural and positive way with children. She mixes compassion and understanding with humor and creativity. Lori consistently plans a variety of activities developing themes and using unique props to expose her students to grade level curriculum.
Ms. Markel continually reaches out to her students’ families in a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect. Lori remains sensitive, compassionate, and supportive of the many challenges that her students’ families face on a daily basis. Lori is often sought out by her colleagues for advice regarding her outstanding content area knowledge. She willingly collaborates and takes on additional duties such as developing and providing activities to meet APA assessment requirements.
Each year during the month of October, Lori takes the initiative to create an interactive “Haunted House” for the entire school community to enjoy. This “world famous” event has grown to feature a variety of spooky sights and sounds with the participation of many or our high school students.
Ms. Markel is an extremely conscientious, hard-working and creative professional who always goes above and beyond in her commitment to the students, families and staff at the Harbor School.
It is with great pleasure that we honor Ms. Lori Markel with the 2013 Ruth K Neuman Award for her ongoing commitment to the students, staff and families of the Harbor School.