The Intensive Education Academy (IEA) is delighted to announce that Jeffrey L. Forman has been named interim Executive Director, effective July 1, 2017. Mr. Forman comes to IEA following a distinguished career as Director of Pupil Services in the Windham Public School system and as a long-serving educational administrator in Hartford Public Schools. His experience and commitment to serving children and youth with disabilities align well with IEA’s mission to help students reach their full potential through a nurturing and individualized learning environment.
The Intensive Education Academy (IEA) was founded by the Sisters of Saint Joseph and is a private, non-sectarian school serving children ages 5-21 in grades K-12. It is a State of Connecticut-approved special education program that has been supporting and educating students with special education needs since 1971. IEA educates the whole child in order to motivate and challenge each student to develop the skills necessary for success in life.
Mr. Forman, who lives in West Hartford, is an exceptional professional with deep connections to the local community and an impressive career in special education leadership in Connecticut. As Director of Pupil Services in Windham, Mr. Forman oversaw the school district’s special education programming and spearheaded the implementation of new approaches to supporting students with special education needs, including the use of Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS) and other strategies designed to improve student success. Prior to this, Mr. Forman was a well-respected administrator, serving as the Senior Assistant to the Superintendent in Hartford for nine years and as the Director of Social Work Services for eight years before that. More recently, Mr. Forman served as President of the Connecticut Council of Administrators of Special Education from 2012–2014.
Mr. Forman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Social Work from Adelphi University. He also earned sixth year diplomas in Educational Administration and Supervision of Special Education from the University of Connecticut.
“I consider this an exciting opportunity for me to have an impact on the lives of students with disabilities and to assist IEA in its vision to be a premier private special education facility in the state” said Mr. Forman, who said he was struck by the positive atmosphere and student laughter during a visit to IEA.
Dr. Natasha Segool, a member of the IEA Board of Directors and Chair of the Search Committee said, “We were very impressed by Jeff’s expertise and thoughtful approach to leadership. As Jill O’Donnell, our current Head of School retires, we are excited that Jeff has the skills and experience to enhance our already strong educational program. We look forward to a vibrant future providing excellence in special education programming.”
The search for an Executive Director was facilitated by a professional search firm, Cooperative Educational Services of Trumbull, which has an excellent track record of finding the best leaders for schools and districts throughout Connecticut.