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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
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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.  

Michelle Collins
Michelle Collins, LICSW
Clinical Director

Michelle Collins, LICSW has with JRI since January 2017 when JRI merged with Children’s Friend and Family.  After working many years at a residential substance use program for Adolescent females she realized she wanted to do more and pursued her Masters In Social Work through Boston University and Graduated in 2014. Michelle got her start in May of 2014 at Children’s Friend and Family in Lawrence as an Outpatient Clinician and Intensive Care Coordinator. Through that experience Michelle evolved as a clinician and found her passion in working with youth and families that have been through traumatic experiences. That passion drove her to become Nationally Certified in TF-CBT and trained in SMART.  She continued to grow within the Community Based Division and in 2017 took on the role as the In Home Therapy Program Manager, in Lawrence.  In December 2019 Michelle became the Clinical Director at Littleton and is excited about bringing her passion and experience to other programs within JRI.  Outside of work Michelle spends most of her time in a hockey rink cheering on her daughter and son or enjoying time outside with the family puppy. 

Lauren Pina
Lauren Pina
Director of Operations

Lauren began working with JRI in 2014 at Susan Wayne Center of Excellence as a Residential Counselor and has worked her way up the ranks to the Director of Operations at Littleton Academy. She is also the Buildling Communities of Care (BCC) trainer here as well and is working on ways to adjust BCC to better suit the latency division. Lauren also has the role of wellness coordinator.  Lauren attended Umass Amherst from 2008-2012 graduating with my Bachelors in Sociology following the Criminal Justice track. 

Michael Kordosky
Michael Kordosky
Residential Director

Mike Kordosky received his BA in Linguistics with a minor in Japanese Language and Literature from Boston University and his MS in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Northeastern University. In his criminology coursework, he found a passion for studying, understanding, and promoting the growth that helps individuals cease involvement with the criminal justice system. Mike has channeled this mission through work with adolescents at a residential JRI program, serving elderly clients suffering from dementia in an assisted living facility, advocating for families experiencing domestic violence as the Residential Services Coordinator at an emergency shelter, and now as the Residential Director at Littleton Academy. Mike incorporates a developmentally-attuned, family-based perspective in all of his work, as he has seen the impact of trauma and mental illness throughout the lifespan. Mike uses his love of direct care work and his passion for fueling staff development to constantly look for ways to increase the quality of care youth receive so that they can lead successful, happy lives. Mike aims to bring a growth-oriented mindset, fiscal and service accountability, and fearless innovation to Littleton Academy in order to provide world-class treatment.

Melissa Sankey
Melissa Sankey
Education Director

Melissa has been working in special education for over 20 years in many different settings and positions. She started her career in special education at the Walker School as a special education teaching assistant and found her passion there working with students with emotional disabilities.  She went on to teach special education in the public school setting.  She has taught in self-contained classrooms, resource classrooms and co-taught classrooms.  She has assisted schools in creating and implementing programs for students with emotional disturbances so that they could remain in their neighborhood schools.  She received her masters in education from Wheelock College and is licensed as an elementary and special education teacher. She has also earned a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (C.A.G.S) in special education administration from Boston University and is licensed as a special education administrator. 

Julie Trani
Julie Trani, M.Ed
Special Education Teacher

Julie Trani, M.Ed, is Massachusetts licensed in both moderate disabilities PreK-8 and elementary education. She has over fifteen years of experience teaching students ages 3 to 14 in private and public Montessori schools. As a grade 4-6 program leader and as a teaching and learning coordinator, Julie gained experience coaching teachers on effective instruction and developing curriculum to meet the state frameworks.

Kate Mun
Kate Mun
Permanency Coordinator

Kate Mun graduated from Salem State University with a Masters in Social Work.  Kate has experience working with youth in foster care, congregate care and their families.  Kate's clinical focus is on helping youth return to a family setting safely and permanently.  Kate enjoys bike riding, traveling and hiking as well as spending time with her dog, Kenji.

 

Laura DiCienzo
Laura DiCienzo, LCSW
Clinician

Laura is a licensed certified social worker. She has a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Masters in Social Work from Simmons College. Laura has experience working with children and families (youth ages 3-21) as an in-home therapist through CBHI services.  She enjoys nature, hiking, reading, cooking, spending time with pets, and humor.

Michelle Mahoney
Michelle Mahoney
Clinician

Michelle graduated from William James College with a Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling as well as a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.  Michelle has experience working with youth ages 5-21 within in-home therapy and within residential treatment programs within JRI.  Michelle started her career within JRI in 2017 as a residential counselor while pursuing her graduate degree.  She enjoys baking, reading, and spending time with her dog outside of work.

Debbie Mihaley
Debbie Mihaley
Special Education Teacher

Debbie loves teaching 5th and 6th graders at Littleton Academy!  She has over ten years of experience teaching middle school level students with special needs English, math and science. She has worked on putting together several science fairs. Debbie also currently teaches first grade Sunday school.

Debbie has a Master’s Degree in Science of Education. Teaching students with special needs was her concentration. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Science of Education and double majored in Elementary Education and Humanities.


 

Katie O'Malley
Katie O'Malley
Special Education Teacher

Katie began her teaching career working in a private inclusive child-care setting where she remained for nearly eight years.  Her time spent working there provided her with opportunities to plan and implement curriculum for individuals whose ages ranged from 2-12 years old, while making accommodations for their various social, emotional, and behavioral needs, as well as providing ABA services both in the school and home setting.  Working in the inclusive child-care setting led Katie to spending additional time providing home-services to young adults in the home setting as well.  Following her time in child care, she transitioned to becoming an educational support personnel in the public school setting while finishing graduate school, where her job responsibilities were heavily influenced by the level of emotional and behavioral support required for the individuals she worked closely with daily.  Katie has experience implementing and assisting in the process of creating PBIS to ensure student success, while assisting individuals in meeting MA state standards as well as their individualized goals.   

Gina Pepe
Gina Pepe
Occupational Therapist

Gina graduated from Springfield College with a Bachelor's degree in Health and Science as well as a Masters of Occupational Therapy. Gina has experience in consulting with in home service teams to educate in home therapists on implementation and utilization of Occupational Therapy techniques. Gina also has experience implementing direct OT services to youth in therapeutic schools, ages 8-16. She enjoys baking, reading, hiking, and kayaking. 

Britny Pastuszak
Britny Pastuszak
STEAM / Art Teacher

Britny Pastuszak is a working artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, specializing in Interdisciplinary Arts. Britny has been working with young children since 2014 in after-school, early childhood and elementary settings. Britny is a Massachusetts licensed educator in K-8 Visual Arts and has completed continuing coursework at Lesley University, Fisher College and Southern New Hampshire University in early childhood, educational psychology and art therapy principles. Britny’s teaching philosophy encompasses methods of art therapy, process-based art making and facilitating a studio environment where students have access to multi-media and recycled materials. 

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child using laptop
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Education

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.

Class with books

 

Clinical

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.

SMART Room

 

Recreation

The school is situated on two and half acres with an 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.
Bobby
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