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.

Georgianna Lane-Hansen, Principal

Ms. Lane-Hansen has 37 years of educational experience and has served as the Ocean Academy substitute principal over the past several years.  She is familiar with our school, staff and students as well as committed to the overall mission. Together with the staff, she 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 Specalist

Kim Farrell,
Teacher of The Handicapped

Vanessa Hauser,
Occupational Therapist

Marianne Nunn,
Bus Driver/Meal Prep

Lisa Picciotto-Grassi,
Speech Language Pathologist

Kara Ruthenberg,
Social Worker

Austin Alexy,
Instructional Para Professional

Richard Colosi,
Instructional Para Professional

Jennifer DaRoja,
Instructional Para Professional

Anthony DeFabritus,
Music Teacher

Jessica Foley,
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

Samantha Purdom,
Instructional Para Professional

James Romano,
Registered Behavior Technician

Roxane Southcott-Roberts,
Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction

James Stephens,
Security Officer

Helen Tobia,
Math Teacher

Klaire Ward,
Instructional Para Professional

Patricia Ward,
School Nurse

Josef Zilber,
History Teacher​


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