LEARN Names Gordon-Hickey Dep. Exec. Director

LEARN Promotes Gordon-Hickey to Deputy Executive Director
Bridgette Gordon-Hickey

OLD LYME – LEARN has named Bridgette Gordon-Hickey as Deputy Executive Director, recognizing her leadership throughout the agency over the past 11 years.

Gordon-Hickey assumes the new position effective immediately. As part of the Deputy Executive Director role, she will continue to administer the Office of Student Support Services (SSS), the agency’s special education division that supports students from throughout the region.

“Bridgette Gordon-Hickey led Student Support Services through a period of incredible adaptation and growth, renewing LEARN’s reputation as a leader in special education throughout the state,” said LEARN Executive Director Kate Ericson. “She is an educator who is relentless in her pursuit to ensure all students have access to high quality education.”

The Office of SSS has grown steadily throughout Gordon-Hickey’s tenure, culminating in the opening of LEARN’s state-of-the-art Ocean Avenue LEARNing Academy in New London. The LEARNing Academy is a premier regional center that serves 3 through 21-year-old students with diverse and complex developmental, learning, and social emotional needs.

Gordon-Hickey coordinated the growth of the SSS workforce to an office of 220 employees and a budget of $14 million. Under her leadership, each of LEARN’s 21 member districts have partnered with LEARN to seek and provide solutions for students and families.

“When I was hired to lead Student Support Services, there was a clear goal in mind to reconnect with our member school districts and to emphasize how we could positively impact special education in southeastern Connecticut. I am proud to say we have accomplished that,” Gordon-Hickey said. “LEARN is a regional leader in so many educational areas. I am happy to expand my role within the agency.”  

Gordon-Hickey began working at LEARN in 2008 as Associate Director of the Regional Multicultural Magnet School in New London. She was named Director of Student Support Services in 2013 and Associate Executive Director of Student Support Services in 2018. Prior to working at LEARN, she was a special education teacher in Windham, earning the district’s Teacher of the Year honors in 2001.

A double major in English and sociology, Gordon-Hickey earned her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and her teaching certification from Southern Connecticut State University. She earned both her master’s degree and sixth year administrator certification from UConn.

As LEARN and Gordon-Hickey look toward the future, designing and implementing programs and services that improve the quality of public education is the priority. To do that, growing the pool of experts working synergistically at LEARN and expanding partnerships to offer school districts regional efficiencies will be where Gordon-Hickey spends a portion of her time.

Gordon-Hickey, as part of LEARN’s leadership team, will continue to make a difference for all children.

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