About the Department Head

Patrick Kelly is a veteran in the district. Mr. Kelly earned his Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Stonehill College and his Masters in Special Education in Moderate Needs Education from Simmons College. He joined the Middle School in 2001 as an inclusion tutor and came to WHS in 2006 as a special education teacher.

Mr. Kelly is responsible for the supervision of the special education programming at the Middle school and High school.  Information about each program can be located on the District Student Services page.  Over his years at the secondary schools, Mr. Kelly has added various programs and curricula to meet the needs of all students requiring specialized instruction during his time as Department Head.


Department Head:   Patrick Kelly          (x 5943)

Team Chair:  Jennifer Ethem/Lia Hansen          (x 5334)

Special Education Aide: Claire Castagno

Psychologist: Jess Arena/Tess Little
SLP: Brandon Jurewicz

Strategies 216:
Teachers: Lana Paone/Giuseppe Fazio/Rachel Orenstein
LA: Silviya Deodas

Strategies 214:
Teachers: Cynthia Brisky/Thea Ruggiano
LA: John Kelley


Jeff Dias, Special Education Teacher
Rachel Orenstein, Special Education Teacher
Emma Feldmann, Clinician
Julie-Anne Borelli, Clinician
Nikki Patruno, Learning Assistant
Matthew Freiburger, Learning Assistant
Gemma Louis, Learning Assistant

Teacher: Allie Bees
LA: Peter Dunbar/Katherine Gorman/Lilly Pierce/Courtney Stoffel

Teacher: Lia Hansen (and team chair for her students)
LA: Karen Bernardo/Chad Foster/Eric Steinert/John Kacher

Related Services:

Speech and Language Pathologist:      Brandon Jurewicz

Occupational Therapist:                        Joan Bero              (x 5324)

Physical Therapist:                                 Heather Spicer      (x 5361)

School Adjustment Counselor:            Paula Gearan       (x5847)

 Adjustment Counselor: Danielle Mitchell
BCBA- Jodi Steinhilber


Weston Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)

Massachusetts Special Education Laws and Regulations (603 CMR 28.00):

Parents Notice of Procedural Safeguards

Special Education Parent Information