Erin Chase earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership at the University of Southern Maine and a Master's Degree in Education and Human Development, with a concentration on teaching students with serious emotional disturbances, from The George Washington University. She has been a special services administrator since 2002 in both public school districts and private special purpose school settings. She is also a former president of the Maine Administrators of Services for Children with Disabilities (MADSEC). Erin has worked with children with disabilities and their families in several states for over twenty years as a volunteer, caseworker, educational technician, teacher, and administrator. Erin has been a presenter for local student advocacy groups on topics of student empowerment, transition to adulthood, referral practices and moving from Child Development Services to Public Kindergarten. As Education Director at the Collaborative School, she is responsible for oversight of all educational programming, coordinating with the sending schools in the IEP Team process, participating with local districts in their local assessment systems, and ensuring curriculum alignment with Maine's state achievement standards.
Erin enjoys running and yoga and anything that brings her outdoors in warm weather. She resides in Portland with her husband and 3 children.