Ellen became a member of the family faculty at the Institute after a yearlong apprenticeship beginning in 2013. As an IPEP team member she shares her experience raising her son who has complex healthcare needs and profound developmental delays.
“I am honored to work alongside caring and talented individuals who value the importance of family-professional relationships and communication. I find it inspiring that IPEP invites family input at all levels. My son has been an extraordinary teacher. From him, I have gained knowledge, perspective and perseverance. I am excited to share what I have learned along the way.”
After completing a BS from Springfield College and a M.Ed. from Lesley University, Ellen taught at the high school level for thirteen years and coached varsity field hockey. She is delighted to be “teaching and coaching” once again along with her family faculty colleagues. For the past eighteen years Ellen has held the position of Parent and Community Liaison at the Professional Center for Child Development in Andover and Lawrence, MA. The PCCD provides educational and therapeutic services for families and children of all abilities from birth to age 10. Ellen helps to support families beginning the unique journey of parenting children with special needs.
Ellen’s family was honored to participate at the National Association of Children’s Hospital’s Family Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. She has been a guest speaker at PACT Rounds, an active parent leader in the Early Intervention and the special needs communities, and an enthusiastic volunteer with Boston Children’s Hospital.