Regional Services Education Center (RSEC) announces the hire of Lori Noordergraaf as assistant director for the RSEC Academy in Amherst. In this role, Noordergraaf will provide support for adolescents and teachers, and facilitate programmatic development at the center.
“We are delighted to welcome Lori to RSEC as the Academy’s new assistant director and look forward to introducing her to our students this fall,” said RSEC Academy Director, Janet Reed. Lori’s extensive expertise in special education will be invaluable as we continue with our goal of providing our middle and high school students with academic programs catered to their very specific needs. We are excited to have her on board and know that are students will be equally as excited once they get to know her.”
An influential advocate for students with disabilities, Noordergraaf joins RSEC Academy with over 23 years of professional experience as a special education teacher and with more than 40 years of personal experience, having grown up with family members with disabilities. Prior to joining RSEC, Noordergraaf was an education consultant for the NH Department of Education, Bureau of Student Support where she ensured the effective operation of educational programs, monitored compliance of special education in public schools, public academies and private providers and created and provided special education trainings to schools and programs across the state. Her previous roles include serving as a special education teacher for Franklin Middle School, a special education teacher and autism specialist for Hopkinton Middle/High School, special education case manager for Three Rivers Middle School in Pembroke and as a special education teacher for Inter-Lakes School District in Meredith.
Noordergraaf received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Special Education with a minor in Psychology from Keene State College, her Master in Education and Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Antioch New England Graduate School. In addition, she has Endorsements in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities from Granite State College. For 18 years, she served as a volunteer coach for the NH Special Olympics.
For more information about the RSEC Academy and the many unique services it offers to its students, please visit rsec.org or contact RSEC Director, Janet Reed, at 603-673-6656.
Good afternoon, I am writing to inquire about whether you have any openings in your 7th grade program? I have a student that we are looking for a placement for, and you were suggested. I had a student at your school a long time ago when I was Director of Student Services in SAU 44. I am now Director of Student Services in Wakefield NH and we have a young man that we are looking to find a placement for. He is diagnosed with Autism, and academically is very bright. His needs fall in his social communication and executive function skills. I believe Dr. Ilene Spitzer phoned someone there recently to inquire and she felt it was a good fit. It is a minimum of an hour and 1/2 one way so that concerns me, but I would like to have an opportunity to talk with someone (maybe through a zoom) and discuss what you might have to offer. I believe Mom will want to talk with someone first before bringing her son on a tour, so I could arrange that as well.
Thank you for your considering our student.
Director of Student Services
Wakefield, NH ~ SAU 101