Meet the Owners
Nic Salese says, “In sports, we highlight the best, the winner, but we don’t focus enough on the process. It’s not about the race, it’s about what you put into it. The work is the reward for athletes at every level.” Nic works in the West Orange Schools and focuses on special education. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he also played collegiate soccer. After college, he pursued a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from John Jay: School of Criminal Justice, a General Education certification from St. Peter’s University, and Special Education certification from Kean University.
Originally, he thought that teaching would be his “day job” while he accomplished doctoral research on at-risk teenagers through John Jay, but he fell in love with teaching, and it became his life’s work. Says Nic, “At the Inclusive Movement Center, we have the freedom to put all of our educational ideals into practice.” Nic believes that experiential exploration of the world through movement allows students to gain confidence and maximize their potential in their self-development.
Bobby Rinaldi has been part of the IMC since its first day of operation back in October of 2017. Professionally, he has sought out to create inclusive programming both in K-12 and community settings. As part of Ridgewood Public Schools, he helped create and grow their Unified Sports program which was recently nominated to be recognized at a national level. Mr. Bobby has since moved on from Ridgewood to begin teaching Adapted PE at William Paterson University in hopes to inspire the next generation of inclusive educators.
He has presented at various conferences to promote Inclusive Movement throughout the country including the National NAPEC Conference in Anaheim, California in 2019 and 2021. Mr. Bobby also enjoys speaking at local schools, or parent groups to share how we can better serve children of all abilities. Ultimately, he believes our work at the IMC can help generate more positive inclusive experiences for children and their families both in school and community based programs.