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Cline Appointed New Walden School Director
Posted 04/15/2017 08:11AM

Cline Appointed Director of Walden School at The Learning Center for the Deaf


After a robust interview process, The Learning Center for the Deaf is pleased to announce Michelle Cline has been named the new Walden School Director.

Michelle comes to The Learning Center for the Deaf (TLC) with over 20 years of experience in the social work field and has a strong background in mental health.

Michelle is currently working at St. Joseph’s Health Care System in New Jersey as the director of a small residential treatment program, Deaf Specialty Services. Michelle was charged with setting up their residential treatment program and is responsible for all the hiring, financing, and oversight.  Michelle works collaboratively with New Jersey School for the Deaf - Katzenbach and coordinates with their enrollment director, academic staff, and support personnel to support students who are mainstreamed for educational services.

In addition to her management experience at St. Joseph’s, Michelle has served in a direct care role as a Clinician-LCSW at St. Joseph’s and prior to that as a Senior Mental Health Clinician at Barnert Hospital (Paterson, NJ), a Clinical Rehabilitation Service Counselor at Jackson Memorial Hospital (Miami, FL), and a Social Work Therapist Intern in the Adult Ambulatory Clinic at the University of Rochester Strong Medical Hospital (Rochester, NY).

Michelle has a Bachelor of Science in Social work from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master in Social Work from Syracuse University.  She is a licensed clinical social worker (NJ).

In addition, Michelle is currently on the National Association of Deaf (NAD) Board serving as the Region 1 Representative.  She has also been active in the New Jersey American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association (ADARA) and the New Jersey Association of the Deaf and previously served as president of each organization.  Michelle is also a co-founder of the Deaf Advocacy Project, which focuses on domestic violence and sexual assault services for the Deaf Community.

Michelle and her family will be relocating from New Jersey in June 2017.




The Learning Center for the Deaf is a nationally recognized leader in educational, therapeutic, and community services for deaf and hard of hearing children and adults.  Headquartered on a 14-acre campus in Framingham, Mass., The Learning Center For The Deaf (TLC) provides comprehensive educational and support services to over 1,500 children and adults annually from 94 communities in Massachusetts and 12 additional states.  TLC is the largest provider of services to deaf and hard of hearing children in New England and is the largest employer of the deaf in Mass. TLC is a pioneer in bilingual-bicultural education.

Walden School, at The Learning Center for the Deaf, is a nationally recognized bilingual-bicultural residential program providing comprehensive treatment and educational services for deaf and hard of hearing children and adolescents between the ages of 8 and 22. Walden School students are challenged by severe social and emotional difficulties, and have significant treatment needs that have not been successfully addressed in other academic and residential settings.

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