Stepping Up Support: Hyde School’s Connecticut Campus Finds the Right Ingredients for Academic, Social, and Emotional Success

Hyde Students walking on campus

“It’s no secret, teenagers today need as much support as they do challenge. The Hyde School culture has really hit its stride. Our community is inspiring, and we’ve found that our unique combination of a traditional school atmosphere, a growth curriculum centered on leadership, family engagement, and now a comprehensive academic and emotional support structure is often the perfect recipe to help students realize their potential.”  -Jason Warnick, Hyde School Director External Engagement

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Hyde School enjoys a history of recognition as a leader and pioneer in Character Education. Most in the education world understand that Hyde’s approach focuses on character, family involvement, and a school culture grounded in Leadership. Some in the field may not be aware of the strategic measures that Hyde School has taken to ensure that every student has the professional academic and emotional support they need to safely and successfully realize their potential.

Megan Bugoni
Megan Bugoni

This year the Hyde-Woodstock campus welcomed Megan Bugoni LCSW as the Director of Student Support. Megan earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Montana in 2005, a Masters in Social Work in 2007, and became licensed in 2010. Megan’s professional experience includes serving as a lead field instructor at SUWS of Idaho, a therapeutic case manager for Youth Homes in Missoula, Montana, a Therapist with The Comprehensive School and Community Treatment Program, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the Veteran’s Administration in the state of Montana.

As Director of Student Support, Megan is the conduit between the Hyde Faculty, the Academic Support Program, the Admission team, and Health Services. Working directly with the Director of Health Services Bobbi-Jo Saucier R.N., Megan is Hyde-Woodstock’s on-staff point person for mental health. Megan and Bobbi-Jo help to identify and match students who benefit from regular therapy with one of the mental health professionals available to see students in the Health Center on campus.

Pam Racicot
Pam Racicot

Megan also collaborates with the Academic Support Coordinator Pam Racicot. Pam manages Hyde School’s Academic Support Program which offers one-on-one tutoring, a fully staffed “Guided Study Hall” in the evening, and SAT prep classes throughout the year. Pam Racicot is a veteran educator and administrator with over 15 years of experience as a certified special education teacher and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. In addition to working directly with students, Pam drives the academic support experiences, and in particular, the Guided Study Hall program leading a team of 10+ tutors made up of certified special education teachers, retired school administrators, and certified teachers with years of experience. Pam facilitates data collection and strategic communication between the Guided Study Hall team and the Hyde teaching faculty.

Character, Family, and Academics remain at the core of the Hyde School approach and now additional comprehensive support seems only to increase the ability for students to succeed.