Denise Rechtorik, M. Ed., Director of Education
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Denise Rechtorik is the Education Director of the Monroeville New Story School. Denise joined the New Story team in 2015 after spending several years working in education and administration in public schools.
Denise attended the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in child development and a master’s degree in special education.
Denise began her teaching career within the Virginia public school systems, which provided her with the opportunity to work with a wide range of students with exceptionality. When she returned to Pennsylvania, she worked in the mental health field as a Behavioral Consultant and a Mobile Therapist. Denise then moved on to working in Pittsburgh’s Woodland Hills School District, where she began the district’s first full-time program for students with the exceptionality of emotional disturbance. The program became a model for the district to utilize and expand upon. Denise also became the district’s first RTI Behavior Interventionist.
Denise says she is determined to ensure every student receives the services they need in order to achieve optimal success.
Ryan Growden, MA, LBS, BCBA, Clinical Director
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Ryan Growden is the Clinical Director at the Monroeville New Story School. Ryan has been a part of the New Story team since 2010, and he has served many roles in that time. He worked as the Lead Mental Health Professional for the Social Skills Intervention Group in Indiana from 2010-11, held the position of Clinical Coordinator for Indiana, Armstrong and Westmoreland Counties from 2011-14, moved into the role of Behavioral Consultant at the Monroeville school for the 2014-15 school year and took over his current role as Clinical Director at the Monroeville school in 2015.
Ryan earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Saint Vincent College in 2007 and obtained a master’s degree in student affairs in higher education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2009. He completed coursework in applied behavior analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology, and he achieved status of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2013.
Jenna Herstek, Administrative Assistant
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Jenna Herstek is the Administrative Assistant at the Monroeville New Story School. Jenna joined the New Story team in August of 2015 as Classroom Support Staff, a position she held until Febuary of 2017. Jenna transitioned to the role of Administrative Assistant in February of 2017. She is also a member of the Wellness Committee. Her involvement in different levels gives her a strong grasp of the school’s operations.
Jenna earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2014. Outside of school, she works with a high school marching band throughout each summer and fall season.
“My favorite thing about New Story is the unbelievable amount of love and support I see my co-workers express day in and day out with the students and each other!”
“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow up to be.” — J.K. Rowling
Susan Griffith, D. Ed., Regional Director of Education
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Susan Griffith, D. Ed, is the Regional Director of Education for New Story’s Western Region. Susan began working with New Story in 2013 and has nine years of experience in special education, curriculum and instruction, and leadership.
Susan obtained her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and her master’s degree in special education from Oakland University, and she earned her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
In her free time, Susan likes to spend time with her husband and three young children. They enjoy several extracurricular activities throughout the week, including dance, gymnastics and swimming. Susan is an active member at the local YMCA, where she serves on the board. She is also a member of Leadership Indiana County, which is a course available to professionals in the community interested in growing their leadership by organizing a large-scale community service project.
“My position allows me the freedom to think about operations and programming in a creative way, among a group of strong leaders who are focused on our students.”
Angela O'Brien, MA, BCBA, Regional Clinical Director
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Angela O’Brien is the Clinical Director for New Story’s Western Region. Angela worked for the New Story team from 2006-12 in a variety of capacities, including Therapeutic Support Staff, Behavior Specialist Consultant and Clinical Supervisor. In her time away from New Story, Angela worked in the behavioral health field, leading clinical and operations teams as they delivered mental health and autism services to clients in need across Pennsylvania and Ohio. Angela rejoined the New Story team in August of 2017 as the Regional Clinical Director for the Western Region.
Angela obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Juniata College and her master’s degree in human services from Hood College. She completed coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2011. Her passion for clinical training and supervision led her to pursue both her BCBA and Mental Health First Aid Instructor certificate.
Angela is grateful for the opportunity to work alongside New Story clinical leadership to improve the lives of team members, students and their families.