The League School recently welcomed four new staff members to our team:
Holly McKeown is a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA), returning to the League School after 10 years building her BCBA credentials. In 2009, she worked for the school as a teaching assistant under a BCBA, and became interested in behavioral analysis. She pursued her graduate degree and become a certified BCBA, first working for in-home and center-based behavioral service programs. She then worked in the public school system, working for four years in Wellesley as a one-to-one aide. She also was in Westwood for three years where she split her time between supporting an autistic student’s inclusion activities and working in a classroom for autistic children.
At the League School, Holly develops behavioral plans for students. She also provides teachers with intervention and management techniques for when a student becomes dysregulated. “It’s great to be back and connect with new and old colleagues,” Holly says. “We have a supportive team and bounce ideas off of one another.”
Jack Liu is the new Assistive Technology and IT Specialist. In this role, he supports teachers, identifies appropriate technology to use in the classroom, and repairs equipment. One of his favorite responsibilities is training the teachers on how to use technology in the classroom. Jack received his Special Education Assistive Technology graduate degree from Simmons University.
He brings over 12 years of special education teaching experience to his position, and has worked for the Cities of Lowell and Somerville Public Schools, and the New England Center for Children. “Most schools for autistic children use the Applied Behavioral Analysis approach to teaching,” says Jack. “The League School’s SCERTS® Program also encompasses social and emotional regulation, which is unique. It’s not a one size fits all model, and I was drawn to this comprehensive pedagogical approach.”
Kerry Figueiredo is the new Coordinator of Residential Services. She brings robust residential management experience to the role. Working primarily with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, she’s worked at Cardinal Cushing’s Adult Residential Program, Horace Mann Educational Associates (HMEA), and Road to Responsibility. She speaks fondly of her 12-year tenure at HMEA where she oversaw 24 group homes. She’s looking forward to the challenge of applying her background and expertise to a younger demographic. Since joining the School in April, she’s worked every shift to get to know the Residential Program staff. “We’re a 24/7 operation, and the staff and students are depending on me,” Kerry says. “I believe in digging in to understand the people, the work, and the challenges. The staff is very responsive and committed to the children we serve.”
Jenna Federer, is the school’s Human Resources Manager. Previously, she worked as a Human Resources Manager for an energy company. Prior to that, she worked for TechTarget in Newton, where she rose from HR Business Partner to HR Manager during her 12-year tenure. In her new position, Jenna is responsible for recruiting, hiring, and onboarding new staff. She ensures compliance with HR regulations, manages the school’s benefits program, and collaborates with the Payroll Department. “I was looking to work in a social service setting, which drew me to the League School,” says Jenna. “It’s a pleasure to be part of an organization where employees are dedicated to making a difference.”
Welcome Holly, Jack, Kerry, and Jenna!