Admin Team

  • Rebecca Altepeter

    After her first visit to Dearborn Academy in the mid-1990s, Rebecca Altepeter left and told her friends and family, “Someday I will work there— they are doing incredible work and it feels like family!” Rebecca finally realized her dream when she became the Director in 2016 after building her leadership skills as the Principal at a therapeutic residential and day school for adolescent girls and as a Coordinator in the Office of Student Services for Cambridge Public Schools.  


    Rebecca earned her BS with a dual major in Slavic and Environmental Studies from Indiana University and her MS in Moderate Special Needs from Wheelock College. She holds certifications as a Special Education Administrator, Moderate Special Needs teacher, and General Educator.

  • Carol Cole
    Carol Cole
    Director, Elementary/Middle School

    Carol Cole was a classroom teacher before she was promoted to director of Dearborn's elementary/middle-school program in 1989. Under her leadership, Dearborn has become widely respected for its success in addressing language-based learning differences. Carol has also focused on enhancing Dearborn's clinical and behavioral programs and has helped transition a higher percentage of students back to public school programs.

    Carol earned a BA from SUNY Buffalo (1973) and an MEd (1976) from Lesley University. She is certified in elementary education and moderate special needs and as a generic special education teacher.

  • Mark Dix
    Mark Dix
    Director, High School

    Mark Dix came to Dearborn Academy High School in 1988 as education coordinator and became director of the High School in 1998. During Mark's tenure, Dearborn has received a number of commendations from the Massachusetts Department of Education.

    Mark is certified in guidance counseling and moderate special needs. He has a BA (1971) and an MAT (1973) from Cornell University, and an MEd from the University of Massachusetts (1979). He also holds a certificate in Family Systems Therapy at the Boston Family Institute (1982). In addition to his work at Dearborn, Mark is co-author of Discovering AutoCAD, a college text book in continuous publication since 1988. Prior to coming to Dearborn, Mark worked for nine years as a co-director and teacher at the Clearway School in West Newton, MA.
  • Ginny Doxsey
    Ginny Doxsey
    Public School Liaison, Elementary/Middle School

    Ginny Doxsey has worked as the Public School Liaison for Dearborn’s Elementary and Middle School programs since 1996. She coordinates admissions for new students and facilitates meetings between parents and school districts. She takes particular pride in finding workable school placements for students who have successfully completed Dearborn's program.

    Ginny received her BA in Special and Elementary Education from Boston University in 1979 and her Masters in Public Administration from Suffolk University in 1988.
  • Linda Johnson
    Linda Johnson
    Clinical Coordinator/Associate Director

    Linda Johnson joined the Dearborn Academy team as a home-based family therapist in 1986 and became the program’s clinical coordinator and associate director of the high school in 1997. With her extensive clinical experience, Linda’s primary role is to provide training and guidance for the staff about the complex mental health needs of our students. Today Dearborn offers one of the most comprehensive arrays of clinical services in the state.

    Linda holds a BS in sociology from the University of Houston and received her MSW from the University of Texas. She also holds a LICSW license in Massachusetts and recently completed a year-long certificate in relational and multi-contextual treatment of trauma at Simmons Post-Graduate College.

  • Tanya
    Tanya Linehan
    Public School Liaison, High School

    Tanya Linehan has worked as the Liaison to the Public Schools for Dearborn’s High School program since 2015.  In her role, Tanya works from start to finish with students, parents, and school districts.  Whether she is reviewing referral documents in the admissions process, working with teachers and staff on developing appropriate educational plans, or tracking credit necessary for high school graduation, Tanya helps students achieve their goals and transition into a post high school setting.


    Tanya earned a BS in Sociology and Elementary Education from Clemson University in 2002, and an MS in Educational Psychology from the University of New York in 2004.

  • Stefanie
    Stefanie Ritzau
    Educational Coordinator, High School

    Stefanie Ritzau joined Dearborn in 2008 as an assistant teacher; she then served as a classroom teacher for several years before becoming the Educational Coordinator in 2016. As Educational Coordinator, Stefanie leads the teaching team and oversees curriculum, ensuring that it meets the complex and individualized learning needs of the students while adhering to the state curriculum standards.


    Stefanie earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2008 and received her Masters in Special Education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston in 2013.

  • Pam Sweeney
    Pam Sweeney
    Educational Coordinator, Elementary/Middle School

    Pam Sweeney started at Dearborn Academy in 2000 as an Assistant Teacher in the Elementary/Middle School Program. She became a Lead Teacher in 2002 and served as a Mentor Teacher from 2008-2012 before being promoted to the Education Coordinator position.

    Pam earned a BA in Sociology from Harvard University in 1997.  After a few years in marketing, she realized her heart was in the world of education. She attained much of the expertise that she uses in teaching and in her curriculum development through her MA in Curriculum and Instruction studies in the Peaceable Schools Program at Lesley University (2000). She has earned licensure in both elementary and moderate special needs education through Lesley University and Cambridge College.