CPS District Welcomes New Director
Jeffrey Burt, Superintendent of the Colchester Public Schools, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathleen Perry as the next Director of Pupil Services and Special Education for the Colchester Public Schools.
“Our district is very fortunate to have such an experienced administrator as Mrs. Perry to lead the department. She brings both a depth and breadth of experiences as both teacher and administrator to her new role as Director of Pupil Services and Special Education,” said Superintendent Jeffrey Burt.
Kathleen has been an educator for more than 29 years and brings a wealth of experiences to Colchester. Her career in special education began in 1989 in Hopedale Public Schools in Massachusetts. For six years she worked as a special education teacher with students at the elementary and high school level and developed an interdisciplinary language-based program for developmentally disabled students. She then moved into the world of administration in 1997 in a smaller, one-school district in Eastford, Connecticut in a split position as school psychologist and Director of Pupil Services. After remaining in that role for six years, and then briefly serving as an assistant principal for early childhood programming in North Smithfield, RI, Kathleen moved into the role as Director of Special Education for the larger, regional Chariho School District in Rhode Island. In that role she had many accomplishments, including the creation of the first public clinical day program in Rhode Island and developing high-quality, in-district programming that enabled the return of over sixty out-of-district placed students. In 2012 Kathleen changed positions to Assistant Director of Pupil Personnel Services in North Kingstown in order to be closer to family. There she has continued her outstanding service to all students, and especially students with disabilities, by continuing to introduce innovative programming.
Ms. Perry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Special Education with a minor in Psychology from Wheelock College in Massachusetts, Masters of Arts in Educational Psychology, a Certificate of advanced graduate studies in school Psychology and an administrative certification all from Rhode Island College in Providence.
Ms. Perry will start as Colchester Public Schools’ new Director of Pupil Services and Special Education on August 14. Ms. Perry will replace Dr. Kelly McNamara who has accepted a position in another district.