Laura D. Mead, MSEd

Laura D. Mead, MSEd, MBA

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Laura D. Mead, MSEd, MBA, a teacher and administrator with 20 years of experience in special education, is currently the co-director of Pathways Academy, McLean Hospital’s school for students on the autism spectrum often with co-occurring psychiatric diagnoses.

Ms. Mead’s background is in psychology, education, and art. She has taught elementary and middle school special education to students with social-emotional and behavioral challenges in both private and public school settings. Her interests lie in building students’ self-esteem within the therapeutic learning environment.

Education & Training

  • 1996 BFA in Painting, Alfred University
  • 1996 BA in Psychology, Alfred University
  • 1999 MSEd in Education, College of St. Rose
  • 2007 Graduate Certificate in SPED Administration, Johns Hopkins University
  • 2021 MBA, Concentration in Organizational Leadership, Norwich University
Board Certifications:
  • 2009 Licensed Special Education Administrator, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Commonwealth of Massachusetts


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