The Academic Support program at Suffield Academy is designed to teach and support compensatory study strategies to students who have been identified as having atypical learning styles. The center staff meets two to four times per week with students.
Support in the Classroom
Progress reports are sent home each term to keep families up-to-date regarding the specific initiatives undertaken by the student in partnership with the Academic Support Center. Students who have documented special accommodations in classroom procedures and testing are expected to speak to their teachers about their needs. All requests for extended time or other accommodations in formal exams and standardized tests must be made through the Director of Academic Support and approved by the Academic Dean.
Progress is measured in four key areas:
- Awareness, acceptance, and understanding of one’s individual learning differences; challenges and strengths - Motivation for and commitment to making a change - Evidence of a growing mastery or compensatory strategies and self-advocacy skills - Application of the strategies developed by the academic support program
A native of the Midwest, Neil joined Suffield in 2018 as Director of Academic Support. Prior to Suffield, he spent 10 years as a learning specialist and team leader at Franklin Academy, a college prep boarding school specializing in students with high-functioning Autism/Asperger’s and non-verbal learning disorders. In that role, he also managed standardized testing accommodations. Earlier in his career, Neil was a testing coordinator and specialist of reading development programs to students of all ages.
Neil holds a Master of Science in Education from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Kenyon College. At Kenyon, he was a student associate of the Kenyon Review and participated in a yearlong study-abroad program at the University of Exeter in the U.K., where he traveled extensively.
As a proud Clevelander, Neil is always optimistic the city will win another sports championship during his lifetime. In his free time, he enjoys rock climbing and crossword puzzles. Neil lives on campus with his son Mason.
Before coming to Suffield, Heather worked at the Madeira School in Virginia (2000-03) as a physical education teacher, varsity soccer coach, and founded the track team. She then moved to Mercersburg Academy where she was the associate athletic director, varsity soccer coach and track coach.
Tori is originally from Holliston, Massachusetts and graduated from New Hampton School (New Hampshire) as a boarding student in 2014. At New Hampton she played field hockey, ice hockey, and softball. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bates College with a minor in education. There she played field hockey and was captain of the softball team. In 2017 Tori worked at Wolfeboro summer boarding school where she was a residential advisor, coach, and instructor. In 2018 Tori spent the summer as a junior sports director at Roxbury Latin in Boston, Massachusetts.
Tori joins Suffield Academy as a member of the academic support program and coaches field hockey and softball. She lives in Fuller Hall and is a dorm associate in Nathena Fuller. Tori has a passion for athletics and still enjoys participating in sports whenever possible. Tori loves warm weather, music, and spending time with family and friends.
Lyndsey is a member of Suffield’s Academic Support office and Leadership Program. A graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University, Lyndsey most recently worked in academic support for the town’s public school system. Lyndsey was a member of Eastern’s varsity field hockey team and has extensive experience in both coaching field hockey and basketball.
Lyndsey is the dorm head in Barnes House with her husband Bennett and cats Barney and Wilma. She is also the head coach of varsity field hockey and the assistant coach to girls’ varsity basketball.