Rx for School Success
Coaching your child to better learning and health
The goal of the Rx for School Success program is to provide a team approach to identify and manage the type of learning issues that can affect a child’s health and well-being before those concerns get too big.
Participating Alice Peck Day (APD) doctors (Bachelder, Greer, Stephens, Williamson) will lead a team that also includes a learning specialist and behavioral health specialist. The role of your child’s provider is to identify their patients who are struggling in school with the assistance of a health and learning screener. The role of the Specialists is to help these children better understand their learning strengths and weaknesses. They will also work with the children to find ways that will make schoolwork easier.
APD Medical Staff
Linda Addante M.D., M.Ed, Rx for School Success Behavioral Health Specialist, is Board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. She also has a Master’s Degree in Education in Supervision and Administration from Antioch New England Graduate School. Dr. Addante has experience working with students from pre-K to graduate school. She is also a trained facilitator. Dr. Addante’s interest is in helping individuals, and the systems in which they work, realize their fullest learning potential. Over the last twenty years she has been a teacher, pre-school director, medical student mentor and instructor, counselor, consultant to school districts, school board member, as well as a facilitator for large community and school district groups.
Steven C. Atkins, Psy.D., Rx for School Success Behavioral Health Specialist, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and school consultant. He holds a doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Atkins serves as Chair of the NH Board of Psychologists, and he operates a clinical practice which focuses on child, adolescent and family therapies. He consults with several schools in the Upper Valley region of NH/VT. In addition, he has co-authored several books on parenting strategies which have been published in over 11 languages. He is an international speaker on various topics and has served as the President for the New Hampshire Psychological Association (NHPA) and as the Chair of the Ethics Committee for NHPA.
Elizabeth (Beth) Reed, MEd, Rx for School Success Learning Specialist, holds a Master’s Degree in Early Education from Plymouth State University. Over the past thirty years she has worked with students from pre-K through graduate school, as a pre-school teacher, childcare director, special education learning assistant, teacher and college instructor for several colleges including Granite State College and Southern New Hampshire University. She served as a Senior Learning Specialist on a transdisciplinary educational assessment team through the Center for School Success for twelve years.Currently, aside from teaching college courses, Beth works as an independent consultant specializing in pre-school and K-12 school-based professional development.
Nancee Tracy, Ed.M., Rx for School Success Program Coordinator, earned her Master’s Degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has worked with children, families, teachers, physicians, community providers and state policy-makers and administrators for over 30 years in a variety of educational, medical and community settings. She has also been responsible for managing a number of federal and state funded grant projects to enhance and expand services to NH children and families. For the past 13 years she has served as the clinic coordinator and program manager for the Center for School Success (CSS). She has been responsible for coordinating transdisciplinary educational assessments and supporting research and program development at CSS. Most recently, she contributed on Project Pediatric PROMIS (Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System), funded by the National Institutes of Health which helped to inform what is now the Rx for School Success health and learning questionnaire and coaching program. In addition, she has provided consulting, training and technical assistance to diverse audiences.
Leslie Williamson, Rx for School Success Program Manager, is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for School Success (CSS). She has served as an adjunct faculty member of Plymouth State University and Southern New Hampshire University, both in New Hampshire and has also co-designed several courses for and been an instructor at the Harvard University Extension School. Ms. Williamson and her colleagues at CSS created a Master in Education and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) program delivered in partnership with Plymouth State University, each with a concentration in the “Neurodevelopmental Approach to Teaching,” which ran from 2007-2016.
In her capacity as Executive Director of CSS, Ms. Williamson served as a project coordinator and contributor on Project Pediatric PROMIS (Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System), funded by the National Institutes of Health. The project, led by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), focused on improving the conceptualization and measurement of children’s health, well-being, and learning outcomes. The project involved development of valid, useful, and efficient tools for the measurement of children’s academic and health-related strengths and weaknesses. CSS has used information gained from that project to develop a holistic health and learning screener and team delivery model. The program, Rx for School Success, is geared to identify school-related risk and protective factors that impact health through a screener administered during well child visits. Integrated coaching is also offered by a team of specialists comprising behavioral health and learning specialists. Ms. Williamson is currently managing the Rx for School Success program in collaboration with Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital.
Ms. Williamson’s other vocational pursuits include serving as the President of the Academy of Brain Health and Performance, a public benefit corporation, committed to creating the gold standard in brain health, performance and wellness programming. Ms. Williamson has also been an educational consultant, grant coordinator and freelance writer. In addition, she has spearheaded several community-based projects aimed at fostering commitment to the healthy development of youth using an asset approach. Ms. Williamson has served on numerous boards and actively seeks associations with agencies and groups throughout the US and abroad to promote the health and well-being of young people.