What is MAAPS?
MAAPS is your community of out-of-district, approved special education schools - all of which offer a vital service to both public school district and privately placed students. I should know; I was one of them.
Attending one of the MAAPS member schools provided me the appropriate skills I needed to flourish in my education. I never felt more included than when I attended a specialized school. Today, it is my privilege to advocate on behalf of all of the approved special education schools as the Executive Director of MAAPS.
MAAPS represents over 80 approved schools for students with special needs in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. MAAPS provides a range of services to its members, including professional development, marketing, diversity initiatives, government relations, external affairs, and peer enterprises. Membership in MAAPS affirms a commitment by our schools to ethical practices, non-discrimination, and extraordinary education.
Elizabeth Becker, Esq.
Meet the Staff
Elizabeth Dello Russo Becker
Mark P. de Chabert
Meet the Board
RFK Community Alliance
Justice Resource Institute (JRI)
Hillcrest Educational Centers
Professional Center for Child Development
League School of Greater Boston
Immediate Past President
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Jill Brewer, Springdale Education Center
Robert Carter, Willie Ross School for the Deaf
Shaun Cusson, Hillcrest Educational Centers
Jodi Michalski, White Oak School
Michael Ames, RFK Community Alliance
Karen Bishop, Learning Center for the Deaf
Brian Doyle, Center for Applied Behavioral Instruction (CABI)
Kerry Ann Goldsmith, Devereux
Karen McCarthy, Brandon School & Residential Treatment Center
Phill Ekberg, Alternate, Wayside Academy
Ed Bosso, Perkins School for the Blind
Michael Culhane, Farr Academy
Sarah Folk, Milestones, Inc.
Wil Fredian, Gifford School
Bridget Irish, Cotting School
Laura Lajewski, COMPASS, Inc.
Amy Sousa, The Guild School
David Zimmer, Alternate, Manville School/Judge Baker Children's Center
Joseph Cronin, St. Ann's Home
Rita Gardner, Melmark, Inc
Christian Hunt, Professional Center for Child Development (PCCD)
Ryan Plosker, New England Academy
Lygia Soares, Alternate, Merrimac Heights Academy
Kathleen Lovenbury, Crystal Springs School
Robert Lynch, Amego
Gerry Pouliot, Latham Centers, Inc.
Lawrence Sauer, League School of Greater Boston
Stephanie Ward, JRI
Ivy Medeiros, Alternate, Stevens Treatment Programs