Faculty

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 was promoted to Director of Education at the Community School of Maryland in 2014. Scott has a B.A. in psychology from University of Maryland Baltimore County, and is currently pursuing a Human Resources Development Master’s degree geared toward the field of Education from Towson University. Scott has several years of experience working with and teaching individuals with Autism, and children in general.


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.


Katherine Grube – Special Education Teacher

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


Katherine Kelley – Special Education Teacher

Office: 240-912-3661 Email: KKelley@csaac.org

Katherine is a Special Education Teacher at Community School of Maryland. She attended Western Governors University and received her master’s in teaching in May 2015. She graduated in 2010 from Shepherd University with a B.A. in psychology.  Katie has spent several years working with children with autism.


Robin Washington – Special Education Teacher

Office: 240-912-3648 Email: Rwashington@csaac.org

Robin obtained her Bachelors of Science in Education from California University of Pennsylvania. She majored in Speech Pathology and Audiology.  She did her graduate studies at Bowie State University in Special Education. She has over 15 years experience working with individuals with speech and language impairments. She has been a MD licensed Speech Pathology Assistant since 2001.


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.


Marcia Smith – Psychologist / Assistant Executive Director of Programs

Office: 240-912-2220 Email: MSmith@csaac.org

Dr. Smith has served as the lead psychologist at CSAAC since 1981 and in addition has directed federal research grants and worked on federal model program and replication grants awarded to CSAAC. Dr. Smith was awarded a Mary Switzer Senior Research Fellowship by the National Institute of Handicapped Research and in 1989, her work at CSAAC was recognized with the Governor of Maryland’s Health Care Professional of the Year award. Dr. Smith has authored several books, including Autism and Life in the Community. She has also written book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles. Dr. Smith has been an invited speaker throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.


Jake Eidelman – Psychologist

Office: 240-912-2271  Email: JEidelman@csaac.org/ Director of Psychology Services