Executive Director

August 2019

On behalf of the Central Massachusetts Collaborative, I would like to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year and introduce myself as the new Executive Director. I bring to this position twenty-three years of experience in education. My administrative experience includes both building-based and central office positions. I have worked as an assistant principal and principal at the elementary level and as a Special Education Director. Most recently, I have served as the Assistant Director of Special Education for the Worcester Public School System. In each of my previous positions, I have worked to ensure high-quality education, built on a foundation of strong academic programming, within a safe and supportive school environment.

I am pleased to tell you about some changes we have made for the coming year. This year, all of our programs will run five full days. We hope the elimination of the weekly half day will be a welcome change for families. Our school hours will be Monday through Friday 9:10 am to 3:30 pm at Hartwell Learning Center, Thrive, Central Mass Prep, Central Mass Academy and Robert Goddard Academy. Rockdale Recovery High School's hours will be 8:10 am to 2:30 pm and Woodward Day programs will run from 7:20 am to 1:40 pm. We have also had some changes to our administrative team. Program Director Elizabeth Pinzino and Assistant Director Deb DiTommaso will share the oversight of Hartwell Learning Center and the Thrive Program. I know they will be a great team supporting these two special programs. All other programs will have the same dedicated administrative teams returning.

Our goal at CMC is to ensure that all children reach their full social, emotional and academic potential. We know that a strong partnership with parents is vital to this mission and we value your input regarding your child's education. Should you have any questions or concerns during the course of the school year, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher, counselor, program administrator, nurse, or any other staff member for assistance. You can reach me by email at [email protected]. We are truly a team working together to provide your child with the best possible experience and education. I look forward to getting to know the students, parents and staff of CMC.


Dr. Susan Farrell

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