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6/19/2017 - Director of Special Education Appointed

Mansfield Public Schools announce new Director of Special Education and Student Support Services

Mansfield, CT, June 19, 2017:  

Kelly Lyman, Superintendent of Schools, announced today that Dr. Shamim Patwa has been selected as the next Director of Special Education and Student Support Services for the Mansfield Schools.    As the Goodwin School psychologist, town resident, adjunct faculty member at UCONN, and former Board of Education member, many in the district already know Shamim and the wonderful qualities she brings to this new position.  Her start date is July 17, 2017

Dr. Patwa holds a BA in economics from Smith College, an MBA from The University of Colorado, a Doctorate in school psychology from The University of CT, and her administrative certification from Sacred Heart University.  She served as a school psychologist for ten years in Windham and East Hartford and then worked as an assistant professor at UCONN before coming to the Mansfield Public Schools in 2013.  In 2017, Dr. Patwa received the Outstanding School Educator Award recipient by the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education Alumni Board. 

While at Goodwin School, she has initiated or supported various programs such as the Goodwin Ambassadors, mileage club, and lunch bunch groups.  She has worked with colleagues to redesign the student support process, and provide training in dyslexia.  Her community outreach has resulted in a visit by Mansfield senior citizens, UCONN students to support our English learners, and yearly school psychology interns.  At the district level, she was most recently a member of the committee that created the 21st century learning vision for our graduates.

Mrs. Lyman thanked Dr. Rachel Leclerc, present Director of Special Education and Student Support Services for her dedication and commitment to the children and staff of the Mansfield Public Schools for the last 17 years.  She every confidence that Shamim will continue the culture of excellence that Dr. Leclerc has developed within the special education and student support services program.