(L-R) Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover, Newmark Education Co-Directors Cynthia Allman and Dr. Regina Peter, and Capital Campaign Co-Chairs, Alison and Duncan Niederauer Credits: Ben Hider
(L to R) Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover, Newmark Education Co-Director Dr. Regina Peter, Alum and Teacher Assistant Fernando Correia, Councilman Lou Beckerman, Councilwoman Colleen Gialanella Credits: M Scarlett
Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr (center) celebrates with Co-directors Dr. Regina Peter (l) and Cynthia Allman (r). Credits: M Scarlett
Newmark Education Opens State-of-the-Art Facility in Scotch Plains
Sunday, September 15, 2013 • 10:53pm
SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Newmark Education celebrated the opening of their new facility at 1000 Cellar Avenue in Scotch Plains with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday.
The Newmark Education facility covers two schools, K-8 and the high school. Both are state-approved schools serving children with autism spectrum disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and other developmental disabilities since 2001. The curriculum is based on a highly structured educational environment where students receive individually tailored academic plans delivering by highly trained staff members.
Co-founder and director Dr. Regina Peter welcomed everyone to the event, and pointed out that by opening such a positive facility on the Friday the 13th that cancelled out any negativity associated with the date.
“We want to thank the town of Scotch Plains,” said Dr. Peter. “We came to them with this plan and they welcomed us with open arms.” Peter went on to thank the many people and organizations that made the new facility possible.
Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover then took the podium to wish everyone much success. “Well done, you did it and congratulations to all concerned. We have all heard the phrase ‘no child left behind’ and this is an example of what is possible with extreme dedication…we are extremely pleased that Newmark has chosen Scotch Plains to call home.”
Co-director and Executive Director Cynthia Allman then introduced Fernando Correia, an alum of the school who is now a faculty member, working as a teacher’s assistant.
Correia gave a heartfelt speech of how deeply grateful he was for the education he had received and for the current opportunity to be on staff. “Being both a student and a staff member has been a very interesting experience to say the least. It has opened my eyes to the amount of work and unity required to operate a program like Newmark.”
“I am who I am today because of Newmark – and now with the new facility they can help us all achieve so much more,” said Correia. “If I had been at some other school I would not be who I am today. Every one of you showed me what it takes to have resilience. Despite all the challenges I faced, it was all thanks to this staff that I overcame them. . .Today we begin a new journey with a bright future and endless possibilities.”
Amid thunderous applause, Capital co-chair Duncan Niederauer came to the podium to thank the supporters that had made everything possible. “This amazing school began changing lives in 2001 – this new facility just makes it possible to touch many, many more lives.”
Niederauer went on to outline the “journey” that everyone had been on since 2009, when his wife Allison laid out the idea of expansion. “She took the ‘honey-do' list to a whole new level,” said Niederauer.
In spite of “experts” who initially were naysayers, Niederauer and his wife decided to follow the family tradition to dream big and began the journey, with all family members participating.
“Delivering on our promise to these children and their families would not have been possible without the tremendous support of the community and generous donations from corporations, foundations and Newmark friends and families,” said Niederauer. “The seeds of success were planted a long time ago by Cindy and Regina and these two amazing women have turned this into something we never dreamed it could be.”
Amid smiles, tears and laughter, the ribbon was officially cut and Newmark Education is officially “at home” in their new facility.