Dr. Michele Brady

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

Dr. Michele Brady

I am the Director of Special Services for the Nantucket Public Schools. As such, I oversee Special
Education, 504 plans, and counseling services. I also serve as the Civil Rights Coordinator for the
district. I have been an Educational Administrator for 19 years.

All my life, I have had jobs that involved helping or teaching children. As an adolescent, I taught
horseback riding lessons. After college, I worked with students who were involved with the juvenile
justice system approximately 50-60 hours per week, and then on my “free” weekends, I worked a 25
hour shift with adolescents at a residential school. I became a social worker and then a social work
supervisor in the cities of Lawrence and Springfield working with families to address and prevent child
abuse and neglect. I loved working with the diverse populations in these cities. However, after my third
child I moved to a different area of the state and became a clinical social worker in private practice. I
provided evaluations and counseling to children and families. I also became a consultant to the
Association of Social Work Boards and wrote the questions and answers for the national clinical social
worker (LICSW) exam.

I decided to change careers and became a teaching assistant for middle school students with learning
disabilities and autism. I taught a study skills section in my own classroom. I then created a therapeutic
elementary school within an alternative school run by an Educational Collaborative. We provided
services to students with emotional and social disabilities who could not be maintained within their
public schools. Our program expanded and moved to a separate space where I was the Educational
Administrator and Acting Principal. I supervised all staff including Special Education teachers, therapists,
and assistants. I then became the Special Education Director of the school district in which my school
was housed.

As a clinical social worker turned educator, I recognized that I needed education courses to help me
become a better educational administrator. I took four graduate courses and then started a PhD
program in education. At the same time, I began teaching graduate courses at Framingham State
University on campus and abroad. I have taught “Curriculum and Modification”, “Behavioral
Management”, “Developmental Patterns in Special Needs Children” and “Language Development and
Communication” for students who are working on their Masters degrees In Special Education or English
as a Second Language. I love teaching and mentoring, not only graduate students, but also new
teachers, psychologists, and social workers. I also love to learn and consider myself a life-long learner.
My dissertation topic was on how high school teachers perceive their roles and responsibilities in
teaching special education students. I finally obtained my doctorate in August 2018!

Michele Brady