Residential Administrators

Residential Administrator

A Connecticut Shoreline native, Mike joined the Grove staff after completing his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Child and Adolescent Development from Franklin Pierce University. He has filled a variety of roles in his time, including a Care Staff, Teacher/Counselor and Residential Administrator. He currently serves as the Coordinator of the Transition Program, Student Advisor, and Dorm Administrator.

Mike has been an avid soccer player for his entire life, excelling in high school and in college. He brings his expertise to Grove as the Head Soccer Coach.  Mike also leads the Longboarding Club and leads many ASTEE trips to snowboard and explore the outdoors.

Mike values his relationships with the students, parents and staff as his favorite aspect of his job. He has dedicated his life to working with people because feels he can make a difference every day and gets the opportunity to have fun and laugh with creative and interesting people.

When he is not playing soccer or longboarding, Mike spends time outdoors and with his family.

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Jacob joins the Grove staff from snowy Michigan. He graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Health Education. He was recognized by the University as the Outstanding Undergraduate in Physical Education in 2007.

He and his wife moved to Connecticut in July 2007 to join the Grove School as Teacher/Counselors. They spent their first married years living in boys and girls dorms and teaching together. In his time at Grove, Jacob has worked as a leader in the Physical Education department and has played an important role in restructuring the P.E. and health education program. Jacob has also served as an Assistant Coach for the Basketball and Baseball teams. He continues to satisfy his love for adventure as a staff member of ASTEE trips, including the Caribbean and El Salvador. Additionally, Jacob has been actively involved in service projects conducted by school Civics classes.

Jacob enjoys helping students reach their maximum potential through esteem-enhancing activities. He also enjoys working together with families and students to help them make positive, practical changes.

Jacob enjoys weight training and playing slow-pitch softball and he follows many other sports including football, baseball, basketball and martial arts. In his free time he also studies Christian theology and creative writing. Other interests include camping, food, travel, comic books, reading, music, nature, and all things related to Michigan. He and his wife live on campus with their young sons and dog.

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Ashley was raised on the Connecticut Shore and joined the Grove staff after completing her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Adolescent Education from Pace University in 2012. While at Pace, Ashley volunteered at Middlesex Hospital and The Cottage School, a middle and high school program with learning differences, and social/emotional issues.  She is currently finishing her Masters Degree in Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University.

Ashley began her tenure as a Teacher/Counselor in the Emmerich Dorm, and currently serves as a Residential Administrator, Student Advisor, and Dorm Administrator.   She nurtures her love for science in the classroom by teaching Anatomy, Physiology and Biology. She has been a part of various aspects of the Grove community, such as the OutRun38 Running Club, Drivers Education, as well as community and special events. Ashley has participated in grove’s ASTEE programming and has taken students indoor and outdoor rock climbing, white water rafting, and zip-lining.  

Areas of professional interest for Ashley include working with young teenagers that have anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive behaviors, and wellness and nutrition. Ashley cares for each of her advisees and is passionate about helping each of them develop better coping skills and healthy relationship strategies while at Grove and within their own families.

In her free time, Ashley enjoys training for long distance running events, the beach, boating, and spending time with her family.

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Amanda joins the staff at Grove from the great state of Tennessee and graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Physical Education. She is a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine and before arriving at Grove, Amanda worked in therapeutic weight loss at Wellspring Academy of North Carolina and Wellspring Camps in La Jolla, CA. She began working at Grove in December of 2012 as a teacher/counselor before taking on the role of Residential Administrator.

Amanda has been heavily involved in sports and outdoor activities her entire life. Amanda enjoys watching the students at Grove reach their full potential not only academically but also through sports and outdoor adventures. Working with the families and helping the students and families make positive changes in their lives is one of the many things Amanda loves most about her job.

Amanda has spent her entire life below the Mason-Dixon Line and since coming to Grove she has enjoyed sharing her passion for SEC football, southern hospitality, and all the many reasons the winter is way too long.

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Victor is a Connecticut native who served in the US Army, and was stationed in South Korea as an Intelligence Analyst. He returned to Connecticut to attend UCONN, where he graduated with a BA in Philosophy.

Victor started working at Grove School as a care-staff and teacher/counselor in 1996, and shortly after became a Residential Administrator and Activities Director.  He Left Grove School in 2005 to begin working at Vista Vocational & Life Skills Center where he stayed for 9 years as the Counseling Program Manager. There, he focused on staff training and development for young adults with a broad range of disabilities to live independently. He received special training in working with Autism Spectrum Disorders and certification in working with Traumatic Brain Injuries.

Victor returned to Grove School in 2014 to assist with the development of a vocational skills program at Grove. He believes in the incorporation of meaningful and constructive activities into the lives of young people is an indispensable therapeutic tool. Whether it be work, volunteerism, sports, recreation, or the arts—adolescents need these opportunities as a means of discovering themselves and to heal and recover.

When he is not at work, he loves to ski, run, cycle, kayak, rock-climb and doing pretty much anything in the outdoors. He enjoys the arts and staying active with his wife and two young boys.

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Christie earned her Bachelor’s degree from Keene State College in New Hampshire. She was elected into the National Honor Society for Education while earning her Master’s degree in Special Education with certification in Learning Disabilities from Franklin Pierce University. Before coming to Grove, Christie worked as a paraprofessional for a students with special needs. She was also a gymnastics coach as well as a gymnast for 17 years.

Christie loves working in the therapeutic environment because she believes the best way to positively affect a person’s life is to be involved in all aspects of it. Working as a dorm staff and teacher, and now a residential administer and special education teacher gives her that opportunity. Christie has always been driven to help teens find a different, more positive way to view themselves and the world. Working with the great people and the students at Grove is an invaluable experience. There is nothing better than helping a student work hard on a specific goal, watching them grow through the process and eventually, witnessing them accomplish something they never thought they could.

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Dennis was born and raised in Westchester, New York and joined the Grove staff after completing his Bachelor’s of Science in Economics at Western New England University.   Prior to working at Grove School, Dennis worked and volunteered for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, founded by Paul Newman, serving critically ill children and their families coping with cancer and other serious illnesses and conditions. Dennis brings this passion to Grove by creating opportunities for  students to volunteer and fundraise to benefit the Camp. 

Dennis began at Grove as a Teacher/Counselor in the Patch dorm and currently serves as a Residential Administrator. He has taught financial literacy, business math, nonprofit and organizational management, and sports Economics. Currently he serves as a residential administrator, student advisor, and dorm administrator.

Dennis was a standout member of the Men’s Basketball team at WNE as a three year starter and captain his senior season. In his senior season, Dennis earned a spot on the All-conference first team and the most valuable player award.  He led the team in scoring and is one of the top rebounders in school history.  He brings his skills as one of the coaches of the boys’ basketball team at Grove.

Dennis has been an active member in the activities department at Grove. He has started a fishing club at the school. When Dennis is not at work he enjoys watching football, fishing, and playing basketball. 

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Kelsey holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services with a minor in in Child and Adolescent studies from Lasell College in Newton, MA.  While at Lasell she was a member of the Women's Lacrosse team and served as the campus representative for Friends of Jaclyn, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with cancer.  During her studies, she interned at Riverside Early Intervention and at Boston Children's Hospital in the hospital's Activity and Child Life departments. 

Prior to joining the Grove community, Kelsey worked and volunteered at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a camp founded by Paul Newman, serving critically ill children and their families coping with cancer and other serious illnesses and conditions.  From a young age, Kelsey has been passionate about working for children and adolescents who have struggled physically, medically or emotionally.  She continues to bring that passion to Grove as a Residential Administrator. Kelsey is an advisor, dorm administrator, works in the Education Office, and has taught Physical Education. Kelsey is also active within the Activities Program but leading various ASTEE trips and has the role of assistant Soccer Coach.  She coordinates Community Service for the campus and leads a program for dorms to participate in monthly service projects. 

Kelsey enjoys working with the students and families at Grove and watching them learn and grow together. One of her favorite aspects of Grove is observing students excel in all aspect of their lives; in the classroom, on the athletic field, on the stage, and in their relationships with their peers, family, and themselves.

Kelsey grew up on the South Shore of Massachusetts. She enjoys spending time with her family, skiing, and being at the beach.  She also enjoys coaching both youth soccer and lacrosse within her community.