Melissa Barrett, who helped develop and build the Wilton Public SchoolsCommunity Steps program, has been named as the district’s secondary assistant director of special services. She will work continue to with Andrea Leonardi, the Wilton Schools’ assistant superintendent for special services.

According to a press release sent by Maria Coleman, the district’s director of human resources and general administration, Barrett was selected “after a thorough search and interview process.”

“Ms. Barrett’s commitment to students and innovative leadership have been evident throughout her time working in the Wilton Public Schools. Through her record of success and her demonstration of a strong skillset during a multi-round interview process, Ms. Barrett established herself as the most qualified candidate for this position,” Coleman writes.

Barrett currently oversees Community Steps, the district’s program for students ages 18-21. In addition to holding this position, Barrett has been a leader in the following groups and organizations:  Wilton Youth Council; Wilton United Unified Sports; and Wilton Swag, a non-profit business dedicated to employing individuals with disabilities.

Outside of her work within the district, Barrett is an adjunct professor at the University of St. Joseph and has worked extensively with the Best Buddies program.

Prior to joining the Wilton Public Schools in 2016, Barrett was a special education teacher in the Fairfield Public Schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in assistive technology, and a sixth year certificate in administrative leadership. She also holds graduate certificates in comprehensive special education and applied behavior analysis.

She will begin her new role on July 1, 2019.