MANCHESTER – The township Board of Education recently approved the hiring of Bridget Antonucci to serve as the school district’s new director of special services.
Antonucci previously served as the director of student services in the Upper Freehold Regional School District.
Prior to that, she was the director of special education with the Bradley Beach Board of Education. Antonucci replaces Ollie Lokerson, who retired in December after 47 years of service.
Antonucci said, “during my tenure in my last two positions, I helped the district create a mental health wrap-around program, was awarded grants that funded full day preschool, started district SEPAG organizations, and trained staff in programs and practices that directly impacted students and families in a positive way.”
“I have worked in special education for over 20 years in various capacities: special education teacher, early intervention developmental interventionist, Director of Disabilities for Head Start, a member of the child study team as a LDT/C, and parent advocate,” Antonucci added.
Antonucci currently lives in Red Bank with her husband, Peter, two college age children: Patrick and Francesca, and her loving dog, Ozzy. She said that when she isn’t working she paints pictures and enjoys yoga, reading, and exploring new ‘foodie’ adventures.
“I am so excited to be the newest member of the Manchester Township School District as the Director of Special Services. Being part of an organization where ‘Excellence by Example’ is the motto is beyond thrilling for me. I am honored to be in this position and to work alongside amazing professionals and caring families,” Antonucci remarked.