May 15 2018

Burlington Schools Announce Special Education Director


Burlington Public Schools have a new Special Education Director.

According to a release from the department, Mary Houde, who spent nearly 20 years working in the Wilmington Public Schools and two more in Amesbury, has been hired to the job.

“I was drawn to Burlington because I know that this is a great school district,” she said. “I’m thrilled with the opportunity to work with a great staff and strong leadership team.”

Superintendent Eric Conti said Houde was chosen from a “deep and talented pool” of candidates to lead the school system’s special education department in the coming years.

“We’re excited to have someone with Mary’s expertise and experience and commitment to kids on our team,” Dr. Conti said. “We’re fortunate to have had a deep applicant pool.”

Ms. Houde spent twenty years working in the Wilmington Public Schools as teaching assistant, alternative education teacher, curriculum team leader for special education, and as the school system’s administrator of special education before joining the Amesbury Public Schools as the director of student services, the release states.

“The best part of working in special education is working as part of a team to help a child with a disability achieve all that they can,” she said. “I love creating options that support the needs of all students and specifically hone in on the needs of some individuals in order to expand their strengths and support areas of difficulty.”

Ms. Houde holds a bachelor’s degree from Framingham State College and a master’s degree in Special Education from Gordon College. She earned her certificate in advanced graduate studies in educational leadership from Fitchburg State College.


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