Leah Thibodeau, M.Ed., CAGS

Education Director, Senior Administration

Leah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education, cum laude, from the State University of New York, Cortland, a Masters of Education in severe special needs from Boston College and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership from Bridgewater State College.

"I have always had a firm belief that teamwork is key to supporting students to reach their potentials. At Cotting, fostering partnerships between staff, parents and school districts is of significant importance in working with our students. Our staff strive to have ongoing communication before, during and after student meetings to ensure that student and parent concerns and priorities are taken into account as they develop goals and plans that lead to student success. There is nothing more rewarding than the opportunity to facilitate a team process that leads to the development of attainable goals that are in each student’s best interest. Though there are times when conflicting views can challenge this group effort, it’s always important to remain focused on the needs of our students to be able to come to constructive resolutions.

I’m reminded on a daily basis of our faculties’ commitment and dedication to the success of our students. They work with collective diligence to make sure that individual student’s access needs are met, and instruction is designed to enhance learning and independence. They have risen to the challenge of designing and implementing learning models and formats so that student learning continues whether in-person or from a distance even when crisis abounds. I’m so proud to have the opportunity to work alongside such a wonderful group of professionals. There is no better place to be."
What brought you to Cotting School?
I knew of Cotting's reputation and work with students prior to applying for a position, so I knew it was a place that I would like to work.
What is your favorite pastime?
Any kind of movement activity.
Favorite Cotting thing or something that happens at Cotting?
Graduation.
What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
Bhutan.
What is your favorite Cotting memory?
So many come to mind, but now that COVID-19 has entered our world, it might be our Senior parade with over forty cars in tow.
What is your proudest non-Cotting achievement?
My proudest non-Cotting achievement is my prior work with a private residential school program.