Phone: 508 228-7285 x3616
Degrees and Certifications:
BA French Literature and Psychology Mount Holyoke College MSW Boston University PhD Educational Leadership Lesley University Massachusetts DESE certified as Director, Administrator of Special Education, Assistant/ Superintendent LICSW
Michele Brady, Director of Special Services
I entered the field of education rather late in life. I was a clinical social worker and worked in private practice and as a supervisor in child welfare (DSS). After the birth of my third child, I became a teaching assistant working with students with autism in a middle school. That was my first introduction to special education, and I loved it! I then became a program supervisor of an alternative therapeutic elementary school. This position allowed me to use my clinical social work skills while I took graduate classes in education to fill the gaps of my formal education.
I have been a Special Education Administrator for 18 years. While I miss working directly with students, I enjoy helping parents, staff, and fellow administrators in understanding student needs and providing optimal interventions to meet those diverse needs. I have also taught graduate courses in education to teachers in English as a Second Language programs, Early Childhood, and Special Education programs. Through teaching graduate students, I have been able to assist current and future teachers of our students. I also have a better appreciation for the complexities of teaching.
My professional philosophy focuses on the benefits of inclusion and collaboration. With supports and tiered interventions, most students should be able to learn and develop alongside of their peers. Through working together on shared goals we can assist ALL students to reach or exceed their potential.
I also have an open door policy. Parent and staff input are welcome!