Ryan DeJoy
Head of School

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Ryan is the Head of School at Windham Woods School in Windham, NH.  Windham Woods School, founded in 2018, educates children with mild to moderate learning disabilities and learning challenges who struggle to reach their true potential. Prior to joining Windham Woods, Ryan spent 18 years at Landmark School in Beverly, MA and held several positions including teacher, coach, athletic liaison, and Associate Director of Institutional Advancement. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at Emerson College and holds a Masters degree in Special Education from Simmons College. Throughout his entire professional career, Ryan has helped students of all ages find success in the classroom. He believes that all children can succeed in an engaging and dynamic learning environment.

Contact information: rdejoy@windhamwoods.org


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Christine Ozahowski
Director of Admission

Christine is Windham Woods School’s Director of Admission. Christine has a Master’s Degree in Education, with a concentration in Educational Counseling, as well as seventeen years of experience in private school admission, most recently at Landmark School in Massachusetts. She understands learning disabilities and learning challenges. Christine is expert at interpreting neuropsychological, achievement, and related testing, as part of an extensive admission process that will help determine whether Windham Woods School will meet the needs of a child. She also understands the challenges that parents experience. Christine is committed to an admission process that allows parents to confidently choose the right school for their child.

“I believe that each and every child has within them the potential to learn, and most importantly, to love their school experience. “

Contact information: cozahowski@windhamwoods.or


Amy Waterman
Elementary School Director

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A seasoned special education teacher, Amy brings nearly 25 years of experience to Windham Woods School. Elementary and Special Education certified, she has taught grades first through seventh in a range of private and public schools, both in the US and abroad. Most recently, she spent four years at North Beverly Elementary School serving as a classroom teacher for students in grades 2 through 5 as well as a special education liaison. Prior to that, Amy taught in the elementary and middle school programs at Landmark School for 11 years, helping students with learning disabilities reach their academic and social potential. Her expertise includes working with students with mild to moderate learning disabilities, creating an education plan for students, and developing curriculum. She has also served many years as a private tutor and coach. In addition to her passion for teaching, Amy is a dedicated mom to her two children.

Contact information: awaterman@windhamwoods.org


Matt Taffel
Middle School Director
Assistant Head of School

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Matt, a special educator and classroom teacher for the past 17 years, brings a wealth of knowledge and teaching experience to Windham Woods School. His teaching career began at Landmark School where he taught middle school students with learning disabilities. His instruction focused primarily on reading, language arts, and mathematics. Matt developed the critical skills needed to differentiate his instruction to match the learning style of each student. For the past 13 years, Matt has been a middle school math teacher, first in Rockport, MA and most recently in Newburyport, MA. From his experience with a wide range of students, he has developed an acute awareness of the importance of recognizing and validating the contributions every child brings to the classroom. He has always maintained high expectations of his students, while appropriately providing the necessary support to help them achieve their individual goals. Matt has been involved in many leadership roles in his career. These include participation on a school leadership team, a curriculum advisory board, and a community development committee. He is the father of three elementary aged children.

Contact information: mtaffel@windhamwoods.org