New Hope Christian School strives to support all learners. In that endeavor, in addition to the expert eyes of the teacher, NHCS has Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Physical Therapy consultation on site. NHCS strives to support students to be the best learners God created them to be, especially those students not served by IEP’s in the public system or receiving clinical therapy. Support will be provided for existing IEP’s but are not meant to replace services for which a student has been qualified and is entitled to receive. Our intention is to meet children at their present level and encourage growth from that point. Our hope is that by taking a proactive approach for struggling learners before they fall too far behind, the student can gain the confidence and skills to see themselves as a competent learner.
The goals of therapy are to enhance, restore performance or adapt for students’ special needs in the educational framework. Therapists are available to consult with teachers and staff as well as parents to achieve this goal. Areas of support include small motor and gross motor skills, visual integration, sensory integration, social skills, speech production and language skills. Therapists are integral part of every classroom to ensure the continued development of all learners.
The therapy team is:
Cathy Borek, OTR, Lead Occupational Therapist.
My name is Cathy Borek and I have been serving with NHCS since 1999. I have a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy from Mount Mary College, 1990. I have had experience in Physical and Cognitive Rehabilitation as well as many years as a school OT.
Occupational Therapy refers to the “occupation” of being a student and the all the skills required to proficiently carry out that task. These skills include fine motor skills (hand skills, eye-hand coordination, writing), self care, sensory management, visual perceptual skills and self management (behavior, emotional control, calming, etc…). I enjoy spending my day with the children and being part of their lives.
My husband Paul and I have 2 sons who are away at college and we reside in Greenville.
Kris Wisniewski, SLP
My name is Kris Wisniewski and I am excited to work as a speech language pathologist at NHCS. I received both my Bachelor of Arts Degree (1998) and my Master of Science Degree (2000) in Communication Disorders from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. During my 15+ year career, I have worked in a variety of settings including Birth to Three, schools, hospitals, and adult home health care with clients ranging in age from only a few days old through the geriatric population. I have been providing speech therapy at NHCS since 2011.
At NHCS, speech therapy services focus on speech sound production, language comprehension and expression, and cognition. I truly enjoy my work and I feel honored to help the students of NHCS develop their speech and language skills. I also count it a blessing to serve in the same building where my 2 children attend school.
Melissa Signoretti, PT
I am Melissa Signoretti and my role at New Hope Christian School is Physical Education Teacher for Kindergarten – 3rd Grade and Staff Physical Therapist. I launched my career in physical therapy in 1999 following my education at Concordia University—Wisconsin and The Pennsylvania State University.
I spent my entire physical therapy career thus far working in an outpatient, orthopedic clinic setting working with people of all ages. In addition to general orthopedics I developed a niche practice specializing in Men’s and Women’s Health. I absolutely love the mechanics of the body and analyze how and why people move the way they do. It brings me great joy to be a part of the recovery process and see people achieve their goals and return to function.
I married my husband, John Signoretti, on September 9, 2006. We started our married life in Charlottesville, Virginia. We built our dream home and had our first child, Julianna, in 2010. Our life was turned upside down following a medical issue within our family and we made the decision to move to Wisconsin in 2012 to be closer to my family. We are now settled in Neenah and have completed our family with the birth of our son, Anthony, in 2015. As a family we enjoy biking, hiking, exploring the great outdoors, gardening, and just spending quality time together as a family.
I am excited to be a part of the NHCS team where we love God, praise Jesus, and love children
For further information please contact Laurie Prewitt, administrator, 725-8797 ext 310 or Cathy Borek, OTR 725-8797 ext 318