SAU29 Announces Interim Director of Student Services

Adams holds a Master of Education – Special Education from Keene State College. She earned her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in 2018 from University of New England. Adams has been serving as Co-Interim Director of Student Services in addition to her role as the Special Education Administrator for the Town School Districts, a position she has held since 2022. Adams was named Co-Interim Director of Student Services following the resignation at the end of the 2022-2023 school year of Dr. Rick Matte, previous Director of Student Services since 2017.

Adams first joined SAU 29 in 2008 as a paraprofessional at Chesterfield School. She began her career as a special education teacher in 2010 serving first Chesterfield School and then Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Keene (NH) where she also served as the Behavior Interventionist. Adams served as the Principal/Instructional Coach of the Harrisville-Wells Memorial School from 2018-2022. She also served as an adjunct faculty member at Keene State College from 2016-2021.

In her position, Ms. Adams will be responsible for the overall leadership of the Special Education and student services of the 7 independent school districts of SAU 29. Adams will oversee the Special Education staff and service providers that encompass the purview of the Student Services Department for SAU 29 and its sending districts.

Upon learning of her selection, Ms. Adams stated, “I am honored to lead the Student Services Department to best serve our students throughout SAU 29. I look forward to working with our dedicated school teams and local community members to promote a strong sense of belonging and an accessible, inclusive education for all.”

“The Search Committee under the leadership of Assistant Superintendents Brian Campbell and Ben White, should be commended for the time and energy they put forward in order to assist with filling this critical role in the SAU 29 leadership team,” said Superintendent Robert Malay. “I also extend my sincere appreciation to Kate Adams and her fellow Co-Interim Directors of Student Services, Megan Battaglia (Keene Middle School Special Education Administrator) and Kristen Stroshine (Keene High School Special Education Administrator) for their willingness to step up to the plate and take on the additional responsibilities during this period of transition since the conclusion of the 2022-2023 school year. Their collective dedication to the students and families we serve is not only admirable, but vital to our success as an organization.”