Dr. Bobbie Downs
Director- BCSCRT Administrator, BCPDI Facilitator, Home Instruction, Title I Services, Instructional Coaching, and other Specialized Services
Dr. Bobbie Downs is currently the Director of the Educational Services Unit (ESU) for Burlington County Special Services School District. Dr. Downs decided to pursue a career in education after serving as a teacher and administrator in a school for Sudanese refugees in Cairo, Egypt. Since that time, Dr. Downs served in the role of teacher and administrator at the Burlington County Alternative School before being named Director of the ESU. Dr. Downs received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Master’s Degree in Teaching from Drew University. Later, Dr. Downs earned her Master’s degree in School Leadership and her Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Rowan University. Dr. Downs also holds a Graduate Certificate of Autism Education. She is a certified mindfulness instructor for Mindful Schools and an instructor for Youth Mental Health First Aid. Dr. Downs is an active member of the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association and the Council for Exceptional Children. She also works for the Korean War Legacy Foundation and the World History Digital Education Foundation with the goal of helping educators teach more about the war and the past, present, and future development of Korea.
Supervisor for Nonpublic CST , Nonpublic Speech, and DHH Child Study Team
Michelle Robertson received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, with a minor in Psychology from The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College) in 1993. Knowing she wanted to combine working with students with her interest in psychology, she returned to school, earning her Master’s degree from Rowan University and becoming an NJ Certified School Psychologist in 2000. She began her professional career in the North Hanover School District (K-6th) and worked in the township school as well as the schools located on McGuire Airforce Base. In 2001, following a supervised externship, Michelle earned her Educational Specialist degree along with her National Certification for School Psychologists (NCSP). Michelle chose to transition to ESU in 2005 and began working in the nonpublic department as a case manager/school psychologist. In this role, Michelle had the opportunity to work with students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. She remained an ESU case manager for 15 years and was offered a supervisor position in 2020. Beyond her professional duties, Michelle was a member of the Burlington County School Crisis Response Team for four years and has been an active member of the New Jersey Association of School Psychologists (NJASP) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) since the beginning of her career.
Supervisor • Public Child Study Team and Related Services
Brooke Decker is the Supervisor of Public Child Study Team and Related Services. In 2011, Ms. Decker received her bachelor’s degree from Holy Family University in Elementary and Special Education. After graduation, Ms. Decker spent seven years at Beverly City School District, where she taught a multi-grade self-contained class, multi-grade resource class and inclusion. She has taught reading, writing and math from grades K-8, which has expanded her knowledge in various grade levels. Ms. Decker has served as the Pre-Intervention and Referral Services liaison and she has served on the Curriculum Team. While teaching, Ms. Decker continued her education at Holy Family University and she earned a Master’s degree as a Reading Specialist in 2014 and Supervisor and Principal certifications in 2016. She accepted a Reading Specialist position with ESU in 2018 and then was promoted to Supervisor shortly after. Ms. Decker is an active member of the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, Kappa Delta Pi National Honors Society and Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Key Women Educators.
Supervisor of Nonpublic Instruction, Nonpublic Nursing, and DHH Services
Dennis Leigh is the Supervisor of Nonpublic Instruction and Nursing for ESU. He graduated from Rowan University with his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Geography in 2009. After teaching at the elementary level for five years, Mr. Leigh earned highly qualified status and spent the remainder of his teaching career as a middle school mathematics teacher for grades fifth through eighth. During his time as a classroom teacher, Mr. Leigh helped write a new math curriculum for the district, spearheaded school wide instructional changes and supported his peers in their professional growth. This leadership experience gained during his time as a math teacher lead him to further his education. He went back to Rowan where he earned his Master’s degree in Administration, as well as Principal and Supervisor certifications in 2019.