VanAvery named special education director

VanAvery named special education director

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Cynthia VanAvery has been appointed director of special education for North Providence Schools, bringing nearly 20 years of experience in special education to the role.

She will fill the vacancy left last month by former special education director Christopher Jones, who left the district on Feb. 14 to accept a position in Thompson, Conn. under former North Providence Supt. Melinda Smith.

VanAvery has served as director of transition and vocational services for the Northern Rhode Island Collaborative since 2015. She started her career with the collaborative nearly 20 years ago, working in various roles in North Providence through the NRIC and rising through the ranks to her current position.

Supt. Joseph Goho said the school department was “ecstatic” to land a candidate like VanAvery, the unanimous choice of the interview committee who “stood out far and above other candidates” for the position.

“(VanAvery) is one of the most respected special education administrators in the state,” he said. “I believe strongly she will work effectively with our outstanding teachers and support staff to create a special education program that meets the needs of all students in an exemplary manner.”

She will begin in North Providence in mid-April after transitioning into the position with interim director Susan Moore.