In 2010, after 37 years in various educational settings, private and public, mostly special education with some general education experience, I found myself in a new role as Director of the Children’s Center for Communication program at CCCBSD. I was excited for this new adventure, but I really did not understand at the time how much I would come to love the school. The children are spectacular and creatively brilliant, parents and family members are inspirationally strong and supportive, and faculty members are smart, hard-working problem solvers. What’s not to love? Our school’s environment is unique, with collaboration among staff and family all laser-focused on student success (it truly is all about the children). My role is to facilitate that collaboration and to keep our eyes on the prize for each of our students. That role includes assuring high quality hiring of new staff, supporting and guiding staff in the hard work in front of them here, and seeing to it that student and parent voices are heard in program and IEP planning.
I have a BA in speech and psychology from The College of Wooster (OH), Ed.M. in special education and teaching the deaf from Boston University, and Ed.D. in Reading Education from Boston University. Having started in the field in 1973, I have been on board for the entirety of the modern era of special education, and it has been a wonderful ride. After all these years, I am still learning everyday, and that is a beautiful thing.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my wife, our two grown daughters and our grandchildren. And I love listening to live music, particularly the blues, along with exercising and eating well.