Jaclyn Silva, BS, Special Education Case Manager

Jaclyn Silva earned a bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College in elementary education and special education with a focus on severe intellectual disabilities. She holds a New Hampshire Education License for Elementary Education and General Special Education. Before she joined the Birchtree staff, Ms. Silva worked as a Special Education Teacher at a nonprofit special educational school […]


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Debbie Patten, MEd, Transition Coordinator

Debbie Patten, MEd, has a graduate degree in Special Education from New England College and has over 18 years of experience as an educator and service provider for individuals with disabilities.  Her professional experience includes work in public schools, home-based services, and a residential program for children with disabilities.  Ms. Patten joined The Birchtree Center as […]


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Michelle Laing, MEd, Special Education Case Manager

Michelle Laing, MEd,holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and psychology and a master’s degree in special education, both from the University of Rhode Island. Her professional experience includes providing home-based therapeutic services and early intervention services to children with a range of disabilities and serving as a pre-kindergarten teacher and assistant director in a private daycare […]


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