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Joan Foster

Chief Operating Officer

Education:

Boston College, B.A., Psychology & Education
Northeastern University, M.Ed., Speech Pathology & Audiology

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When I’m not working . . .

“I enjoy buying and selling antiques and walking my dog Webster.”

Why Learning Prep?

“When I co-founded the Little Peoples School in 1970, it was to help young learners with hearing impairment. Since then we have become Learning Prep School, with the addition of our high school grades, and our program has broadened to include all forms of language-based learning challenges. After four decades and thousands of graduates, what has not changed is the dedication and commitment of our staff to serving the courageous children who come through LPS. I remain very proud of all that we have done and continue to accomplish in improving the lives of our students and their families.”




Amy Davis

Elementary and Middle School Principal

Education:
Syracuse University, B.A., Psychology and minor in Special Education
Boston College, M.A., Counseling Psychology
Cambridge College, C.A.G.S., Counseling Psychology

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When I’m not working . . .

“I love spending time with family and friends; I have run the Boston Marathon 10 times; I love to cook; I love reading at the beach in the summer; my family enjoys rock climbing, camping, and skiing together; my favorite place is the Cape.”

Why Learning Prep?

“I love my job (not everyone can say that). I love what I do, who I work with, and the students’ and families’ lives that I affect. What I value most about Learning Prep is the incredibly dedicated, intelligent, and caring teaching staff. Learning Prep is a wonderful community of families and professionals all working together and caring about the same things.

At Learning Prep there is an incredible team that understands that it has been a potentially hard path to get yourself to LPS and that we understand that it hasn't been an easy road for you or your student to make it here. We take on the responsibility at that point of teaching your child. We understand it is our responsibility to teach your student how to be a learner and then teach them to learn. Something that makes such a difference is hearing a parent say 'my child has a friend for the first time,' everyone needs a friend and kids make friends here."




Cynthia Manning

High School Principal

Education:
Antioch New England Graduate School - Antioch University, Post-Graduate Certificate, Autism Spectrum Disorders
Eastern Nazarene College, M.Ed., Moderate Special Needs/Special Education
Boston College, B.A., English major, Art History minor

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When I’m not working . . .

“I enjoy traveling, reading, mountain biking, attending my son's sports games, and spending long weekends in Stowe, Vermont.”

Why Learning Prep?

“LPS has an amazing culture that is so supportive and nurturing, not only for the students, but also for the staff. It is an incredible opportunity to work in an environment where you know every day that you make a difference in someone's life. I feel fortunate to work with such dedicated families as well as our highly-talented group of professionals. It is not often that you hear people say they truly love their job and really enjoy coming to work every day, but at Learning Prep, you do. People here are very passionate about helping our students achieve their best, and I am grateful to be a part of this special family.”




David Morrissette

Chief Financial Officer

Education:
Accountancy, Bentley College, B. S.

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When I’m not working . . .

“I’m a member of CFO Roundtable, Treasurers’ Club of Boston, and Bentley Executive Club”

Why Learning Prep?

“I am very impressed with the level of professionalism and dedication of the faculty and staff to provide a safe and secure classroom environment.”




Matt Reera

High School Dean of Students Education

Education:
Maine Maritime Academy, B.S.,Small Vessel Operations 
Bridgewater State College, M.Ed., Counseling, L.M.H.C. 
Endicott College, M.Ed., Organizational Management

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When I’m not working . . .

“I love spending time with family and friends; I have a passion for everything sport; I enjoy construction as a hobby; I love motorcycle riding in the summer; my family enjoys snowboarding and skiing together; my favorite place is the New Hampshire White Mountains Region.”

Why Learning Prep?

“I love what I do and not everyone can say that, and I’m truly excited to work with such a wonderful group of staff members. I can hardly wait to get to know the students and families at Learning Prep whose lives I will be affecting. What I value most about Learning Prep is the incredibly dedicated, intelligent, and caring staff I’ve been getting to know. Learning Prep is a wonderful community of families and professionals all working together and caring about the same things. I very much look forward to getting to know everyone here and helping our community grow into the future. During the last fifteen years I have enjoyed coaching students both in life and in sports and enjoying success in both.”

At Learning Prep there is an incredible team that understands that it has been a potentially hard path to get yourself to LPS and that we understand that it hasn't been an easy road for you or your student to make it here. We take on the responsibility at that point of teaching your child. We understand it is our responsibility to teach your student how to be a learner and then teach them to learn. Something that makes such a difference is hearing a parent say 'my child has a friend for the first time,' everyone needs a friend and kids make friends here."




Gretchen Petersen

High School Program Coordinator

Education:
Simmons College School of Social Work, MSW
Framingham State University, B.A.

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When I’m not working . . .

“I enjoy traveling and photography.”

Why Learning Prep?

“I have been at Learning Prep for 16 years. The supportive, accepting and caring environment is why I chose and continue to choose to be a part of this community. You can’t find a better group of staff, students and parents to work with.”




Jennifer Thorell, LICSW

High School Counseling Supervisor 

Education:
SUNY Albany, MSW
Regents College, UK
University of New Hampshire, B.A., Psychology

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When I’m not working . . .

“I love spending time with my family and friends and enjoy traveling, reading, camping, cooking, and the beach.”

Why Learning Prep?

“I came to Learning Prep because I wanted to work in a school environment and instantly realized that I had found my niche. I truly love being part of a dedicated, caring community of faculty, families and students, all working to achieve each student’s maximum potential. To witness our students facing learning challenges on a daily basis with such perseverance is a humbling, yet inspiring experience and one I feel honored to be a part of.”




Susan S. Powers, MACP

Elementary/Middle School Dean of Students 

Education:
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Clinical Counseling Specialty
Massachusetts Licensed School Adjustment Counselor
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, B.S., Psychology

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When I’m not working . . .

“I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. We enjoy nature and the outdoors (walking, hiking, camping, gardening), going to the movies, hanging out with my extensive family (I have 10 brothers and sisters!) and especially ‘Friday Family Movie Night’ at home.”

Why Learning Prep?

“When I started working here as a counselor in 1992 I knew I was in a special place. It is strange to think I would ever go anywhere else. I’ve always believed that students do well socially, behaviorally and academically if they can. I feel that I’ve found my niche in helping our students to feel safe so they can be productive, responsible and effective learners. I have a strong commitment to our core values of providing a safe learning environment and ‘This is important, you can do it, I will help you’. I feel lucky to be working in such a caring community with such dedicated staff.”




Barry A. Burlingham

Director of Advancement

Education:
Harvard University, Ed.M., Administration, Planning & Social Policy
University of Lancaster (UK), A. B., English Literature

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When I’m not working . . .

“I enjoy photography, horseback riding, sailing, skiing, woodworking, travel, reading non-fiction and volunteering for political candidates who make a difference.”

Why Learning Prep?

“What attracted me to Learning Prep was the dedication of the faculty and the energy of the administrative team. The positive impact of the teachers and counselors on the growth of our students is more dramatic here than at any school for which I have worked in over thirty years in the development field. I want to do everything possible to see LPS thrive.”


Learning Prep School provides an individualized language-based program to students with complex learning profiles, including dyslexia, expressive/receptive language issues, autism spectrum disorder, and social communication disorder.

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