We Foster Understanding and Connection

Speech/Language Pathologists

Integration Specialist

Brian Smith

Brian joined TDS in 2003, after 25 years of teaching, performing, and program development in a range of secondary, college, and university settings.

 

He is a member of Actors Equity Association, the union of professional stage actors, and holds a certification to teach secondary Language Arts from the Massachusetts Department of Education.

Matt Baker
M.Ed.

Lead Social Coach

Matt joined the TDS Staff in 2010 where he started as a peer mentor.

 

He graduated from Springfield College in 2008 with a Bachelors Degree in Movement and Sport Studies.  He has been teaching Physical Education in public school working with students ranging from Pre-K to grade 4 since that time. 

 

Matt received his M. Ed. in 2012 from A.I.C. in Moderate Disabilities. 

 

Given his educational background and interest in sports and movement, Matt brings a unique approach to his social skills and social coaching programs.  Matt is committed to giving all students the attention and devotion they deserve while teaching them important real life social skills using the social emotional competencies approach.

Shelley Eldridge

Social Coaching

Coordinator

Shelley began working with TDS in 2004 as an SLPA.  She worked closely with the social coaching program for many years assisting with the creation of the highly successful mentoring component of the TDS practice. Thought Shelley has gone on to complete her degree in education, she continues to be a part of the TDS community as she love the connection there and deeply values the impact these programs have on the lives of so many students and families.

 

Shelley is currently a Special Education Teacher in the Belchertown Public Schools. 

 

In her free time, she enjoys spending time outside with her children and family.

Olivia Holcomb

   Social Coach

Olivia graduated from UMass in 2018 with a B.A. in Theater.  She came to TDS in the Summer of 2019 as a mentor for social groups and is now enjoying her role as a Social Coach. Her work at TDS confirmed her decision to go back to school to further her studies to become a Speech and Language Pathologist. She is currently finishing up her Post-Baccalaureate year in the UMass Communication Disorders Department. 

 

Olivia is fascinated by the power of speech, language and communication. Her background in Theater and the Arts has driven her to investigate the use of theater as a model for communication and social change. She has worked with theater groups around the Pioneer Valley that offer improv camps and workshops, often as a way to target specific social and emotional issues and provide a platform to make those issues seen and successfully mediated. 

 

As a Social Coach at TDS, Olivia brings her theatricality, playfulness, compassion and creativity to her social groups, facilitating a safe space to empower, explore and make meaningful connections.

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