Brenda has worked in the field of social work and education, supporting students on the Autism Spectrum and with learning differences for 25 years. She previously worked as a special education teacher and clinician, which brings a well-rounded therapeutic and educational experience to her role as the Student Support Specialist at the Berkshire CIP campus.
As the Student Support Specialist at CIP, Brenda helps students by inspiring and fostering confidence for students in which to build valuable and meaningful relationships while providing a strength-based environment that fosters learning and practice of social competencies applicable in employment, personal relationships, personal development, and independence as a successful young adult. Brenda and her department lead classes and activities that support learning to gain confidence in advocacy and communication while navigating and developing relationships. Brenda has earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver and has spent many years volunteering across the county and abroad in Haiti and Mexico. Brenda received the Kindness Matters award, after launching a center-wide Kindness Initiative in 2019, inspiring a movement of students and staff in word and action.
When Brenda is not gardening or cooking, you can find her hiking with her two children and her golden retriever, Sebastian. Brenda has a son on the Autism Spectrum and has led many social skills groups with a variety of fun topics including animals, art, and nature-based therapies just to name a few.