Spaulding Family

Stephanie Capen: Teaching with Heart

Stephanie Capen has always had a special place in her heart for children. She began her career in special education in 2008 and realized it was a perfect fit for her. After working in various paraprofessional roles, including at the Lighthouse School in Chelmsford, Massachusetts…

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Dawn Hinxman: Making a Daily Difference

If you ask Dawn Hinxman what she enjoys most about her role at Spaulding Academy & Family Services, one word comes to her mind: “family.” Dawn, who serves as office manager of the Support Services team, loves the supportive and caring family feeling that’s found…

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Caroline Ryan: Guiding Children with a Caring Heart

Caroline Ryan is no stranger to hard work. She successfully worked various jobs, including in retail services and as an overnight security guard, while paying for her college tuition. When a friend employed by Spaulding Academy & Family Services recommended she apply for an overnight…

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Morgan Bailey: Creatively Communicating to Improve Lives

The career plan to become a teacher was forever altered the day Morgan Bailey, MS, CCC-SLP, observed a speech language pathologist (SLP) help a dying stroke patient say, “I love you” to his family. “That’s when I immediately decided I wanted to help people find…

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John Fallon: Connecting Compassionately with Children

It was 2016 when John Fallon fell in love with the campus—and the unique spirit that encompasses it—of Spaulding Academy & Family Services. The community-based clinician had recently worked in a methadone clinic and knew that an increasing number of children were being negatively affected…

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Denise Elliott: Motivated by Enduring Relationships

In 1997, Denise Elliott learned that Spaulding Academy & Family Services was seeking part-time residential employees. She was employed at Franklin Regional Hospital, now Lakes Region General Hospital (LRGH), in the Central Sterile Department and received her LNA (licensed nursing assistant) license while working there….

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Bridget Desjardins: Making a Difference for our Youngest Students

Today, Bridget Desjardins is a Special Education Teacher at Spaulding Academy & Family Services, currently working with kindergarten through second grade students who inspire confidence that she made the right career choice. When Bridget was hired as a paraprofessional at Spaulding in 2015, she was…

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Brendan Donahue: Preparing Kids for Successful Futures

When Brendan Donahue was in high school, he was inspired to teach children with physical disabilities how to sail because of his father who survived and thrived with only one leg. These experiences were very meaningful to him, so when he saw an online job…

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Kori Kidder: Building and Modeling Healthy Relationships

Kori Kidder was still pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) when she applied for a position as a residential substitute in early August of 2019. Her degree, along with her interests and the connections…

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