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Ocean Academy


It is important to trust those who are responsible for your child’s education. At Ocean Academy, our team is made up of some of the best professionals in NJ behavioral health services and education. Dedicated to your child’s personal development and academic success, we would like to introduce our staff and let you learn a little more about them.

Thomas Normile, Principal

Mr. Thomas Normile, our principal comes to Ocean Academy with almost 40 years of experience. He began in the classroom as a Special Education teacher in the Lacey Township School District. He went on to work as a Principal in both High School and Middle School in 2 local public-school districts and following “retirement” from public schools comes to us after a few years as Principal in a small, private Special Education school similar to Ocean Academy.  Mr. Normile has implemented many successful programs over the years targeting increases in attendance and graduation rates.  Together with the staff, he will provide your child with the best education possible.

Meet The Team

Kara Armellino,
Art Teacher

David Berman,
Teacher of The Handicapped

Christopher Calcara,
Instructional Para Professional

Judy Colon,
Spanish Teacher and Nutrition Specialist

Kim Farrell,
Teacher of The Handicapped

Vanessa Hauser,
Occupational Therapist

Kara Ruthenberg,
Social Worker

Austin Alexy,
Instructional Para Professional

Richard Colosi,
Instructional Para Professional

Jennifer DaRoja,
Instructional Para Professional

Richard Hager,
Physical Education Teacher

Stephanie Heasman,
School Social Worker

Za'Naisha Johnson,
Instructional Para Professional

Amber Marion,
Instructional Para Professional

Justin Miller,
Instructional Para Professional

Marina Policastro,
Instructional Para Professional

Heather Popielarczyk,
Middle Grades Teacher

Patricia Ward,
School Nurse

James Romano,
Registered Behavior Technician

Josef Zilber,
History Teacher​

James Stephens,
Security Officer

Helen Tobia,
Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction

Marianne Nunn,
Bus Driver/Meal Prep


Ocean Academy – 160 Route 9, Bayville, NJ 08721
Phone: 732-505-2260  I  Fax: 732-505-1802