The Community School of Maryland is fully staffed by professionals and para professionals with specialized training in meeting the educational needs of students with autism. Teachers and instructional aides receive specialized training in autism. Related services personnel have expertise in autism as well as their professional area of expertise. School staff have ongoing consultation with professionals with expertise in autism. Staff are provided with ongoing professional development in areas pertaining to providing specialized educational services to students with autism.

Scott Murtha – Director of Education

Office: 240-912-3606  Email:  smurtha@csaac.org

Scott Murtha is the Director of Education for Community School of Maryland. Scott received Master’s in Human Resources Development geared toward the field of Education from Towson University. He received his B.A. in psychology from University of Maryland Baltimore County. Scott has several years of experience working with and teaching individuals with Autism across both school and residential settings. He has been working with children in general for over 20 years.

Sean Behzadi – Administrative Head

Office: 240-912-3658   Email: Sbehzadi@csaac.org

Sean is a the Administrative Head at Community School of Maryland. Sean has a Bachelor’s in Psychology from University Maryland University College. Sean has a several years experience working with students Autism in school, home and community environments.

Alida Delaney – School Coordinator

Office: 240-912-3693   Email: Adelany@csaac.org

Alida has been employed with CSAAC and working with individuals with Autism for over 20 years, and has been serving as the school coordinator for over a decade. Alida has Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from the University of Liberia.

Rita Saavedra – Special Education Teacher

Office: 240-912-3631   Email: RSaaverda@csaac.org

Rita is a Special Education teacher at Community School of Maryland, with over a decade in teaching experience. She has a Masters Degree in special education and a second masters degree in Reading from Johns Hopkins University. Rita has a BS in elementary education from Towson University She is also a certified Reading Specialist. She is trained in numerous programs including Fundations, Read Naturally and Edmark. She has been invited to speak at several conferences on the topic of disabilities.

Lindsay Segal – Special Education Teacher

Office: 240-912-3695 Email: Lsegal@csaac.org

Lindsay is a Special Education teacher with over 5 years of teaching and administrative experience. Lindsay has had the privilege of working with adolescents and young adults with emotional, physical, neurological, and developmental disabilities, both in school and home settings. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from West Virginia University and a Master’s degree in Special Education from The College of Notre Dame of Maryland. She is a member of Advancing Autism Awareness advocacy group and the Council for Exceptional Children.

Brian Tureck – Special Education Teacher

Brian Tureck is a teacher at the Community School of Maryland.  He has a Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of Virginia and a BA in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary.  Brian has worked in education for more than 20 years as a teacher, counselor and administrator, including seven years working in special education.

Krisha Patel – Special Education Teacher

Krisha Patel is a Special Education Teacher at the Community School of Maryland. Krisha received her Bachelor’s in Psychology at the University of Georgia. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Special Education at Grand Canyon University. Krisha has worked with students with disabilities since 2012. She has attended the National Autism Conference and is a member of the International Society for Autism Research.

Wayne Tart – Occupational Therapist

Office: 240-912-3668 Email: WTart@csaac.org

Wayne is a licensed Occupational Therapist that graduated from Towson University in 1996. He has over a decade of experience working in Prince Georges County Schools and over 15 years working with individuals on the autism spectrum. Wayne also serves as the adaptive PE teacher for CSM.