Profiles

Claire Troiano MED, OTC

“Claire has been an incredible work partner in my many years of working with Clarke,” says Laurie Farkas, director of Student Services for Northampton Public Schools. “Claire is a team player, always supporting creative ways we can improve services for students and increase their exposure and interactions with students in our school community while helping us to maintain our other goal of fiscal responsibility. She is kind, sensitive and positive. I feel fortunate to know her and work with her.”

Claire Troiano M.E.D., OTC, began her career at Clarke as a classroom teacher where she taught in both Middle and Upper School from 1976 to 1982. After a few years as an educational mainstream consultant from 1982 until 1985, she began to miss her daily interaction with students, bringing her back to her role of classroom teacher, where she taught math, social studies, speech, science and reading to students in grades six through nine. In addition to her teaching, Claire mentored student teachers in the Smith College/Clarke Masters of Education of the Deaf Program (now known as the Clarke -----  Fontbonne Northeast Collaborative). She was also appointed interim guidance counselor; and was the chairperson of the Math Department.

In 1994, Claire returned to Mainstream Services as the director of Outreach Training Programs and Oral Transliterating where she supervised staff in all aspects of outreach training and oral transliterating services. She developed and implemented workshops and training events for parents, students and professionals including Clarke’s Annual Mainstream Conference. Throughout this time Claire presented nationally on topics relevant to mainstreaming and oral transliterating.

In 2008 Claire became the director of Clarke Mainstream Services where she oversees all mainstream-related services at Clarke. Claire supervises itinerant teachers of the deaf and the Comprehensive Educational Evaluation team; collaborates with special education directors to identify needed services; oversees programs of support for students with hearing loss within public school districts (preschool through high school); attends IEP meetings to represent student needs; and oversees the development of educational products including the quarterly newsletter, Mainstream News. Claire loves to not only direct, but also participate in Clarke’s Summer Camp along with a variety of other socialization programs specifically designed for students in the mainstream. Her commitment to children and teens who are deaf or hard of hearing shines through in everything she does!

SPED director for Hampshire Regional School District, Irene Ryan shares that, "Claire is always a professional who has wonderfully supportive relationships with students and families. Claire has a consistent practical and student-centered approach to serving her students and working with community partners. She was instrumental in establishing the Clarke Mainstream Program at Hampshire Regional High School. We could not do the great work we do here, without Claire's unwavering support.”

In addition to her role as director of Clarke Mainstream Services, in 2013 Claire became the educational administrator of Clarke’s K-8 Program!

Claire enjoys kayaking, walks on the beach, yoga and spending time with her family and friends. She is a remarkable, multi-talented, much-respected and well-loved part of Clarke’s amazing family of professionals and we hope you enjoyed learning about this incredible woman!

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