Nicole Pinterich, Regional Director of Education
Nicole M. Pinterich is the Northeast Regional Education Director of New Story. She received her Bachelor of Science in Childhood/Elementary Education
and her Master of Science in Special Education/Exceptionalities from Bloomsburg University.
Nicole started with New Story in 2005 as the Behavioral Specialist Consultant, and was promoted to Education Director soon after. She has 25 years of experience in her field.
In her free time, Nicole enjoys reading, spending time with my family, and traveling.
“The most rewarding to me about my job is that I don’t view what I do as a “job,” rather I consider what I do my career and passion of mine.” – Nicole Pinterich.
“There’s a world of difference between insisting on someone doing something and establishing an atmosphere in which that person can grow into wanting to do it.” Fred Rogers.
Michelle Blockberger, Education Director
Michelle Blockberger is the Director of Education for New Story Throop. She has been with New Story since 2010, where she started as an ES teacher and was soon after promoted to the Assistant Director of Education, and then the Director of Education. She has 7 years of experience in teaching.
Michelle received her Bachelors in Elementary Education and Masters in Special Education/Autism from Keystone College and Saint Joseph’s University. In her free time, Michelle enjoys reading, exercising, and watching forensic shows.
“The most rewarding part of my job is going into the classrooms and watching students grow and meet their goals” – Michelle Blockberger
Danielle Bartz, Assistant Education Director
Danielle Bartz is the Assistant Director of Education for the New Story Throop. She has been with New Story since 2015.
Danielle received her Bachelors of Science in Elementary (K-8) and Special Education from Misericordia University. In her spare time Danielle enjoys going to sporting events and traveling.
“I’ve always known I’ve wanted to teach. When you’re a teacher you have the ability to get lost in the lessons and teach with emotion. You have the ability to inspire your students, and other adults on their individual levels. Teaching is the one profession that drives the others such as a student learning how to become a doctor or dentist.”
One of my favorite quotes is: “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” –Robin Williams.
” The most rewarding part of my job is advocating for the students and giving them the best education in hopes that they can accomplish their dreams and goals.” – Danielle Bartz
Kelly Greenish, Assistant Director of Education
Kelly Greenish is the Assistant Director of Education for the New Story Throop school. She began her career at New Story in September of 2015, and was promoted to Assistant Director of Education in February of 2016. Kelly has fifteen years of experience in teaching, with eleven years in special education with varying exceptionalities.
Kelly attended the University of Central Florida where she acquired her Bachelor’s Degree in Exceptional Education in 2001. She also received additional certifications in Elementary Education, Gifted, and ESL.
In her free time, Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.
“The most rewarding part of my job is to see children succeed and believe in themselves.” – Kelly Greenish
“I never teach my students, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they learn.” – Albert Einstein
Tammy L. Rade, LCSW, Clinical Director
Tammy L. Rade, LCSW is the Clinical Director for New Story Throop school. Tammy started with New Story in 2008 as the school counselor and BSC, and she has 14 years of experience in her field. She has expertise in counseling and crisis intervention; behavioral intervention and enhancing social skills in the autistic population; counseling children, adults, couples, and families dealing with a variety of Axis I and Axis II diagnoses; developing diagnostic impressions according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) and working with a wide variety of experts on treatment planning; certified Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) trainer through the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI); maintaining safety for staff and students in the Throop school.
Tammy received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Religion from Muhlenberg College, her Master’s in Theology from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, where she focused her studies in family systems.
Tammy started out piloting the counseling program in the Wyoming and Berwick schools and became a licensed clinical social worker. (LCSW) She worked as the site supervisor for the STAP program in Berwick in 2009.
When the Throop school opened in 2010, she transferred as the school counselor in Throop and also took on more responsibilities by supervising the crisis intervention specialists. In 2013 she was promoted to Clinical Supervisor in the Throop School and then the Clinical Director not long after. She was CPI trained as an NVCI trainer in 2013, and is currently taking classes with intention to sit for BCaBA certification.
In her community, Tammy enjoys assisting with her children’s sports teams, participating as a family member at the YMCA, and preaching the monthly children’s sermon at her church. She also is on the Church Council at her congregation and actively participates in her sons’ Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts meetings and events. Tammy loves to knit, crochet, read, play with her cat, and go on adventures with her boys.
“New Story strives to work together to write new stories for everyone’s lives we touch, including our own. My job is never the same one day to the next and I have the opportunity to get to know some amazing people of all ages. I come to work with the intention of helping students with special needs achieve their goals but I leave with a greater understanding of a caring community. I learn more each day from our students about patience, love, and talent than I have learned from any group of people in my life. We laugh together, we cry together, and we celebrate accomplishments together. I consider myself blessed because I enjoy going to work every day. I have not always had that pleasure and I know few people in this world can say the same. It truly is a family here at New Story.” – Tammy Rade
Jillian Bair, Clinical Supervisor
Jillian Bair is the Clinical Supervisor for the New Story Throop School. Jillian began her career with New Story in 2011 as a classroom assistant in the high school autistic support classroom. A year later she transitioned into the position of Behavior Consultant, enabling her to grow and develop her knowledge and implementation of behavior strategies with special needs students. In 2014, Jillian received her certfication as a Behavior Analyst. In 2016, Jillian was promoted to Clinical Supervisor.
Jillian attended Clarks Summit University where she acquired her Bachelor of Science in Counseling and Master of Arts with an emphasis in Counseling.
In her free time, Jillian enjoys spending time at home with her husband and two dogs. She volunteers regularly at her local church and plays the keyboard on their music team a few times a month. She also loves to read and learn about new things.
“Every year that I continue to work at New Story, the more passionate I become about my job and the mission that New Story so diligently pursues. I love the work that I do and the people I have had the privilege of working with. New Story has invested a lot in my personal and professional growth over the years that I have worked here, so my goal is to return the favor in the best way possible. The most rewarding part of my job is being a part of change – whether it’s with the students or with staff members – that significantly improves someone’s life.” – Jillian Bair