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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

April 29, 2021—To raise awareness, knowledge and understanding of the options available to those with hearing loss, we are posting inspiring links, stories and resources throughout May. Be sure to check back daily and follow along on social media with the hashtag #ClarkeVillage. [More]

Celebrating College Signing Day: Clarke Alum Accepted to Honors College to Study Computer Science

April 29, 2021—For high school seniors bound for higher education, the pandemic continues at a pivotal time in life. Seniors are closing a monumental academic chapter in an unprecedented way and preparing to start a new chapter with many unknowns. The pandemic presents many...[More]

Join Us for Virtual Family Yoga on May 22!

April 26, 2021—Relax and re-energize with your family in a 45-minute family yoga class led by Alex Silver-Fagan, a Nike Trainer and certified yoga instructor, while supporting children who are deaf or hard of hearing! [More]

New Hear Me Out Post on Preparing for the Fall

April 8, 2021—In Clarke’s most recent Hear Me Out blog post, Teacher of the Deaf Heather Stinson, CAGS, MED, S/LP-A, discusses what she’s considering as she prepares for the fall school semester. [More]

 

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!