Marin’s Oak Hill School Appoints Whitney O’Keefe as Associate Director
O’Keefe brings more than 15 years of special education experience to new leadership role at innovative Bay Area school for young people on the autism spectrum
SAN ANSELMO, Calif. – September XX, 2017 – Oak Hill School, an innovative learning campus helping young people on the autism spectrum build skills in relating, communicating and thinking, has appointed Whitney O’Keefe to the newly created position of Associate Director. In this role, O’Keefe will have responsibility for teacher and program development, student enrollment, school district relations, grants strategy and community outreach .
"I am delighted that Whitney has joined the Oak Hill School leadership team as we enter a new phase of expansion. She brings the compassion, knowledge and expertise in autism and special education that is required to support our teachers, therapists and paraprofessionals who directly impact the educational experiences of our students,” said Oak Hill School Executive Director, Michael Breard. “Whitney’s considerable experience working with Bay Area school districts and regional support programs will be a tremendous asset to us as we look toward expanding our unique program and partnerships within the Bay Area special education community.”
With more than 15 years of experience, O’Keefe is a committed educator with a stellar track record in fostering a culture which supports both student learning and teacher development. Prior to joining Oak Hill, O’Keefe was a special education consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area, a position she had held since 2010. As a consultant, she worked as an education and behavior coordinator, case manager and XXX at Oak Hill and other schools in the Bay Area and beyond. From 2002 to 2010 she worked with Spectrum Center in Northern California, most recently as an Associate Director with responsibility for more than 50 staff members and 100 students across 12 classrooms in San Pablo and San Francisco. In this capacity, she oversaw staff recruitment and training, budgeting, student enrollment, collaboration with school district program managers, transition planning and family communications, among other duties.
“All young people on the autism spectrum deserve an educational experience that will enliven their learning today and help make them more independent tomorrow. Having already worked alongside the dedicated, enthusiastic, and hard-working team that make up the wonderful Oak Hill School community, I am confident that through our data-driven approach, we will be successful in expanding and strengthening the social, emotional, and educational support all the students we serve receive so that they can be successful as they transition into adulthood,” said O’Keefe.
A Marin County-native, O’Keefe holds a Bachelor of Science, Psychology and a Masters of Arts, Special Education from the University of Oregon. She is a licensed Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapist and holds a Clear Level II Education Specialist Instruction certification from the State of California . O’Keefe regularly presents at national and California state conferences including those held by the California Association of Private Special Education Schools (CAPSES), Association for Behavioral Analysis, California Association for Behavioral Analysis and STAR, among others.