Transition Specialist

Jerri Marie Roach
(508) 799-3062

Mission Statement:

"A student's last day of school should look the same as their first day of adult life"...

Worcester Public School's Special Education department has developed a curriculum guideline for teachers to assess, evaluate and record student's progress and needs in acquiring the skills necessary for transition between elementary, middle, and high school, graduation, vocational and transitional training into adult life. Worcester Public Schools will provide the traininging necessary to:

  • encourage and promote the empowerment of people with significant challenges so that each may pursue their highest possible degree of personal well-being and independence.
  • encourage and prepare students to be life-long learners
  • encourage and promote the self sufficiency of individuals with disabilities
  • encourage and enhance personal choice and the right to fail in the pursuit of independence and employment in the community


Transition Task Force Team:

Stephen Gannon, M.Ed Special Education Director
Midge Wetzel, M.Ed Assistant Special Education Director

Jamieson Cotton, M. Ed Teacher of Moderate Special Needs
Mary Hill Peters, M.Ed Teacher of Intensive Special Needs/Deafblind
Kimberly King, M.Ed Teacher of Intensive Special Needs
Maggie Lawler, M.Ed Teacher of Visually Impaired/Intensive Special Needs/Deafblind
Angela Muscetta-Smith, M.Ed Teacher of Moderate Special Needs and Assistive Technology Specialist
Jerri Roach, M.Ed Teacher of Moderate Special Needs
Jane Rosen, M.A. Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist
Margaret Shugrue, M.Ed Teacher of Moderate Special Needs
Michele Wrenn, M. Ed Teacher of Moderate Special Needs

Skill Modules

  • Self Determination & Self Advocacy Personal Care
  • Travel
  • Time Management & Organizational Skills
  • Money Management
  • Leisure & Recreation
  • Communication
  • Vocational Exploration
  • Pre-Vocational