With a new school year under way, the Child Development Center of the Hamptons has appointed a new leader. Patricia A. Loewe, who has more than 20 years of combined classroom and administrative experience, replaces Maria A. Taliercio as the school’s education leader. For the past eight years, Mrs. Loewe worked for the Montauk School District, where she was the director for pupil personnel services. She lives in Springs.
Dawn Zimmerman founded the school in 1997 after her son was diagnosed with autism. For many East Hampton Town residents, the school’s Wainscott location is a welcome alternative to daily bus rides west to the Eastern Suffolk Board of Cooperative Educational Services.
A charter school, C.D.C.H. now enrolls 130 children from preschool through grade five. Besides children with autism, the school also provides services to special education students and gifted students.
“I am very excited to have joined C.D.C.H. and look forward to working closely with the students and teachers to enrich the educational experience for each child,” Mrs. Loewe said in an e-mailed statement. “I am so impressed by the academic excellence that C.D.C.H. has achieved over the years, and I am committed to implementing teaching strategies that continue to result in successful outcomes for every student at C.D.C.H.”