Faculty

Louise Perryman, M.Ed.
Education Director

Louise has a Masters of Education in Special Education from University of Massachusetts Boston and completed an undergraduate degree in Applied Psychology and Statistics at Durham University in the UK. She started her teaching career at Ivy Street in the F1 classroom and served in many roles throughout the school including time on the residential floor as a supervisor. From Ivy she moved into administrative roles at Granite Academy and Weymouth Public schools. She was most recently at Learning Prep School in West Newton as an Educational Team Facilitator. Louise has over 13 years of experience in special education working with a variety of student profiles.


Andrew Cavanagh, M.Ed.
Assistant Education Director

Andrew joined Ivy Street in 2016. A licensed history teacher, Andrew graduated from the University of Maryland-College Park in 2011 with a dual major in History and American Studies and is currently pursuing a Masters in Special Education for Students with Moderate Disabilities at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He has worked with students with a variety of special needs for several years, most recently at Community Connections, a life skills and transition-based special education program at Newton North High School. He has experience working with students with a wide variety of cognitive, social, intellectual, behavioral, and emotional disabilities.


Chris Cantwell
Special Education Teacher

Prior to entering the Special Education field, Chris spent over 10 years in the Publishing and Advertising fields. After a brief stint as a Stay-At-Home Dad, Chris began his teaching career as an Educational Assistant at Norton High School and then moved onto The League School of Greater Boston as a Teacher in their Transition Program. Chris is a licensed History Teacher and pursuing a Moderate Special Needs license. Chris graduated with a Marketing degree from Nichols College. He brings a strong desire to make his students better communicators, both written and verbally along with being as independent as possible.


Special Education Teacher – Tara Considine, M.Ed.
Special Education Teacher

Tara began her career at Ivy Street School in 2014. Since then, she has performed several roles including educational 1:1, teaching assistant, and now special education classroom teacher. Tara has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from Suffolk University and a Master’s in Education for Secondary Special Education from George Washington University. Tara focuses on vocational and life skills curriculum in her classroom.


Dan Feingold, M.Ed., CAS Reading Specialist
Special Education Teacher

Over the years, Dan has worn many hats in the field of education. He coordinated an after school program for special needs high school students in Andover, MA; was the vocational coordinator at the Kennedy Day School; taught special needs high school students in Medford, MA; and taught English as a foreign language in Taipei, Taiwan. Dan enjoys presenting material using multi-media to increase his students’ engagement and participation in class. Dan has a B.A. in History from the University of Washington, an M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and is a Licensed Reading Specialist.


Patrick Flynn, M.Ed.
Special Education Teacher

Patrick came to the Ivy Street School in 2016. Having completed an undergraduate program in Political Science at Stony Brook University in 2007, Patrick was brought to the Boston area during his service in the United States Coast Guard. Upon completion of his service time, he decided to dedicate his career to education, receiving an M.Ed in Secondary Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2015. He has experience working with a diverse student population during his time as a substitute teacher throughout Boston Public Schools. This experience sparked a desire within Patrick to teach in a special education setting and a strong commitment to using unique learning strategies to help students meet their academic and personal goals.


Jen Shea
Special Education Teacher

Jennifer Shea began her career at Ivy Street School in the summer of 2018.  Always knowing her passion was to teach, she graduated summa cum laude from Bridgewater State University with degrees in both Moderate Special Needs and History. In the state of Massachusetts, Jennifer is a licensed teacher in both Special Education and English for grades 5-12, along with a Sheltered English Immersion endorsement to teach English language learners. Jen is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in moderate special needs. She brings her experience from working in a middle school classroom and substitute teaching across multiple grade levels to her position at Ivy Street. In the classroom, Jennifer focuses her lessons on functional academics, always putting content into a real-world perspective for her students.


Owen Snyder, M.Ed.
Special Education Teacher

Owen has over 10 years’ experience as a special educator and teaching assistant specializing in teaching and providing behavioral support to students needing modified instruction to achieve academic growth. Owen is entering his third year at Ivy Street School and is very appreciative of the highly skilled and collaborative staff here. Prior teaching experiences include as a behavioral resource room teacher in Brookline, Marlborough, and Waltham.  He has a degree in Moderate Special Needs from Lesley University.


Linda Yee, M.A.Ed
Reading Specialist

Linda is a certified Reading Specialist and was trained in Orton-Gillingham at the Carroll School. Other training includes ReadNaturally, Project Read, and Lindamood-Bell. She has a broad interest and knowledge in literature for students of all ages and skill levels, matching books to interests and reading levels in order to maintain motivation and to enrich student learning. She also integrates assistive technology whenever she can to help support students who struggle with reading and written expression. With her background in the arts and in reading, she enjoys working creatively and flexibly with those who have diverse learning styles and needs. Linda has taught in both public schools and in private settings. Linda has a M.A.Ed. in Reading from Lesley University and a B.M. in Music Education from Boston University.