About Us

Our History

Educational Directions provides a student-centered, nurturing environment
to help individuals realize their full potential.

With over 100 years of collective experience in a variety of school, college,
and therapeutic settings, our experienced staff is ready to guide you
in selecting the appropriate fit. At the heart of our work is our client.
Your Student Matters!

Meet The Team

Marilyn Engelman

Marilyn F. Engelman, Ph.D., CEP

Dr. Engelman has been a professional special educator since 1971, with public school and university faculty appointments. She has done research concerning college students with learning disabilities and attention deficits, administered a university LD support program, and has taught at the university level in all main aspects of special education and assessment.

She provides teacher training and in-service consultation and her private practice specializes in psycho-educational, neuropsychological assessments, college options advising, therapeutic options, and private school options. She has advised 1000’s of students of all abilities, helping them with college, school, and special residential programs. She has been a special educator and reading teacher.

Dr. Engelman has taught assessment and special education courses at Clark University, Boston College, Simmons College, Tufts University and Regis College. She is a professional member IECA, and is a Certified Educational Planner, an affiliate member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP), and is a member of: the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC); the International Dyslexia Association (IDA); the Learning Disabilities World Wide Association (LDWWA); the Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD); and Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD).

She co-chaired three of the New England Joint Conferences on Specific Learning Disabilities, and in 2013 was recognized by IECA for her commitment to and dedication in helping families through the receipt of the Irvin W. Katz Award.

Dr. Engelman also serves on the Board of Saving Teens In Crisis Collaborative (STICC), a non-profit dedicated to assisting families with teens in need of help. She has also spoken at numerous local, regional, and national conferences.

Jacqueline D. Jewett, M.S

Jacqueline comes to Educational Directions with 30 years of experience in the special education field directly working with both schools and families. Jacqueline is a nationally recognized learning disabilities, post -secondary and transition expert presenting at National Conferences and providing presentations and workshops for schools. These include: How to College and College Transitions, LD support Services – the difference between HS and College, The Parenting Journey, Anxiety and College, Management of your EF-take control of your brain!

“I was attracted by the company’s mission and dedication to helping guide families to better understand the intricate world of special education. The opportunity to work alongside of Marilyn and her team is a once in a lifetime opportunity. , ” Jacqueline said. “I believe that the opportunity to provide positive guidance towards independence and achievement, of students and their families who are negatively affected emotionally, academically or physically by the stigma associated with being different is so rewarding.”

Before joining the team at Educational Directions Inc., Jacqueline worked at Mitchell College, as Managing Director of Student Relations, Education Outreach and Parent Engagement bridging enrollment with advancement, providing a pathway to successful outcomes. Jacqueline cultivated relationships for the college with a variety of constituents, as well as provided management of the five student support departments for Mitchell College.

Jacqueline’s prior experience includes Director of Thames Academy, Director of Education Services for a public Charter School, Associate Director of an International Montessori teacher training program and her private work as an advocate and consultant in the greater CT shoreline for 20 years. This background has helped Jacqueline to make an easy transition into her current position with Educational Directions. Her extensive work with parents coupled with her k-12 Special Education, experiential learning and Montessori background, provide a solid foundation to complement the existing professionals.

Peter Antalek

Peter has worked at Educational Directions since 2009, and he has over ten years of experience working with children who have special learning needs. Before joining the team at Educational Directions, Peter worked with adjudicated youth as a counsellor and teacher. Peter has a Bachelor degree in Psychology and a Master of Education in Psychology.