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Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.

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Littleton Academy

Littleton Academy is a therapeutic residential school that provides comprehensive clinical treatment and education to latency age boys and girls who have a history of complex trauma and significant behavioral/mental health issues and learning difficulties.

Littleton Academy
At a Glance
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Focus: Littleton Academy is a therapeutic residential school for boys and girls who will benefit from a structured and safe environment in which they can gain the skills needed to grow.
Age: 6-12
Gender: Male and Female
Capacity: 15
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Stephen Rose
Program Director
22 King Street
Littleton, MA 01460
(978) 952-6809 x201
(978) 952-8607
Littleton Academy

Littleton Academy works with latency age boys and girls who have a history of complex trauma, emotional dysregulation and learning difficulties.  Academy staff work closely with students to provide social, emotional and educational support in a warm, nurturing and physically comfortable environment. The program uses the ARC Framework. This model was developed by JRI's Trauma Center which assists youth in developing the internal core strength, building strong positive attachments, self-regulation and competency skills. It is a treatment model developed to provide guidance for thoughtful clinical intervention with complexly traumatized youth. Littleton Academy provides individual and family therapy that supports youth in identifying their strengths and utilizing them on a daily basis. Our residents attend school on site, and are taught by a fully accredited teaching staff. Our individually tailored Success Plans are designed to be built around a child's age, educational and cognitive abilities and treatment plans. Through healthy relationships, individualized attention and non-judgmental support, our boys and girls will feel safe and empowered as they gain the confidence and skills needed to grow.


Meredith Rapoza
Meredith Rapoza, LMHC
Division Director of Permanency and Latency Services

Meredith began her JRI career thirteen years ago as a clinician. She went on to become a program director at Meadowridge Academy in Swansea and has led the school’s trauma-informed treatment model. Along with overseeing Littleton Academy, Meredith works very closely with The Massachusetts Permanency Practice Alliance (MPPA).  She is a licensed clinician holding a master’s degree in counseling from Rhode Island College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Providence College.

Stephen Rose
Stephen Rose
Program Director

Stephen has been working with adolescent populations for over 20 years.  He has experience working with criminally adjudicated youth, as well as programs specializing in substance abuse and adolescent trauma.  Stephen has been an employee at JRI since 2009 when he began working at Susan Wayne Center of Excellence.  He began his career at JRI as a Residential Specialist and worked his way up to the position of Assistant Residential Director before transitioning to LIttleton Academy in 2018.  

Meredith Norton, LICSW
Clinical Director

Meredith Norton is an LICSW who graduated from Boston College. She has experience working in residential care and outpatient settings, working with children, adolescents and their families. Meredith has experience utilizing solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, equine therapy, and works with clients using the ARC framework.  Meredith enjoys baking, reading, and spending time with her dogs, cats, and horse.

Labarron Christopher Stewart
LaBarron Christopher Stewart
Residential Director

LaBarron Christopher Stewart (a.k.a. “Stewie”) graduated from Nichols College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Administration with a concentration in Criminal Justice Management. LaBarron began his career working with youth whom had Juvenile Justice System, DMH or DCF involvement. He transitioned further into the human/social services field when accepting a Residential Counselor position at JRI’s Susan Wayne Center for Excellence. It was there where he began his professional growth, quickly transitioning through the years from Residential Counselor to Assistant Supervisor to assisting with the pilot of JRI Connecticut’s Diversion Community Based Program. He remained with JRI Connecticut for 3 years before heading to Glenhaven Academy, a school of JRI, to be a Senior Supervisor. LaBarron then moved on to agencies outside of JRI for more administrative growth, taking on roles such as Program Developer and Manager of Therapeutic Mentoring, as well as roles where he managed group homes and domestic violence survivor shelters. LaBarron returned to JRI, accepting his current position of Residential Director at Littleton Academy in December 2018. 

Allison Rella, LCSW
Allison Rella, LCSW

Allie Rella is a Licensed Certified Social Worker who graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Allie has experience working with the latency aged population in school and outpatient settings. She practices using SMART therapy, play therapy and ARC informed therapy. Allie enjoys yoga, baking and spending time with her dog!

Melissa Greenberg
Melissa Greenberg, LCSW

Melissa Greenberg is a Licensed Certified Social Worker who graduated from Salem State University. Melissa has experience working with the latency aged population in schools, outpatient, and in home therapy settings. Melissa’s focus of clinical treatment is mindfulness, play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, SMART, and ARC therapy. Melissa enjoys hiking, reading, and traveling.

James Doig
James Doig
Education Administrator

James Doig, Education Administrator for Littleton Academy, has served the school's learning community since opening its doors in July 2017.  He came to Littleton with over two-decades of experience as a teacher and administrator in both the public and private education sectors .  Jim previously worked at McLean Hospital as well as for North American Families.  As a middle school administrator, Jim's school became a two-time recipient of the New Hampshire School of Excellence award.  Jim was also the first educator to be named New Hampshire Safety Manager of the Year in recognition for his groundbreaking work in school safety planning.  Prior to working in the education field, Jim was a corporate legal assistant for a Fortune 500 company and a media producer for national and regional radio networks. For his media work, Jim was the recipient of the Orson Welles Award for outstanding radio creativity.

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Students attend school on-site, year-round, and have a full day of academic instruction. Our education program features small class sizes that combine cooperative, hand-on learning with individualize instruction. Our teachers provide clinically informed classroom support that takes each student’s emotional needs and learning style into account. In addition to the traditional curriculum, Littleton Academy offers enrichment time through expressive arts, health and fitness, music, environmental education and other programs.

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Littleton Academy provides individual and family therapy that supports our students in identifying their strengths and utilizing them on a daily basis. The program’s primary treatment is based on the ARC (Attachment, Regulation, and Competency) model, which focuses on helping to develop internal core strengths, and building strong, positive attachment, self-regulation and competency skills. This model was developed by JRI’s Trauma Center, and Littleton Academy works closely with a Trauma Center consultant. Littleton Academy also offers Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Therapy Dogs and other unique therapy methods, which have all been proven effective in the treatment for many disorders, including trauma related struggles.




The school is situated on two and half acres, and has an in-ground swimming pool for use during the summer months; outdoor basketball court which is used year-round, large outdoor play area and a multipurpose rec room/gym. The program maintains a generous supply of both indoor and outdoor games, toys and equipment. This includes safety equipment for those activities requiring extra precautions. Indoor supplies include extensive arts & crafts supplies, board games, card games and an extensive reading library. In addition, age appropriate video games, movies and music is also available. Outdoor supplies include sports equipment, scooters and bicycles. Emphasis is always placed on participation and enjoyment of the games and activities offered.

Child Playing Basketball
The staff at Littleton really took the time to get to know me as a person. When I came there I was angry all the time and just wanted to go home. They helped me learn what I was angry about and talk to my mom and I got to go home.
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