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
Hillcrest Educational Centers
Dr. Franklin Perkins, RFK Children's Action Corps
Justice Resource Institute (JRI)
Professional Center for Child Development (PCCD)
Immediate Past President
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Jill Brewer, Springdale Education Center
Shaun Cusson, Hillcrest
David Drake, White Oak
Michael Ames, Dr. Franklin Perkins/RFK Children's Action Corps
Karen Bishop, Learning Center for the Deaf
Kerry Ann Goldsmith, Devereux
Phill Ekberg, Wayside Academy
Karen McCarthy, Brandon School
Brian Doyle, Alternate CABI
Ed Bosso, Perkins School for the Blind
Michael Culhane, Farr Academy
Sarah Folk, Milestones, Inc.
Laura Lajewski, COMPASS, Inc.
David Manzo, Cotting School
Jim Prince, Manville School, Judge Baker
Wil Fredian, Gifford School
Amy Sousa, Alternate The Guild
Gene Takahashi, Alternate Walker
Mark Carlson, CCC/Beverly School for the Deaf
Rita Gardner, Melmark, Inc
Christian Hunt, PCCD
Joe Cronin, St. Ann's Home
Ryan Plokser, Alternate New England Academy
Kathleen Lovenbury, Crystal Springs School
Anne McManus, Latham Centers, Inc.
Michael Cancilliere, Meeting Street
Lawrence Sauer, League School
Stephanie Ward, JRI
Ivy Medeiros, Alternate Stevens