High School Team

HS Team Leader

Stephen Castles, Assistant Principal of the High School, has been with Gifford for 18 years in roles of increasing responsibility. He's been an integral member of the team supporting our high school students and their families daily. 

Danny Joseph, Head Teacher 
has been with Gifford since 2012. He has previously held the positions of High School Assistant Teacher and High School Science Teacher. 

Favorite thing about working at Gifford?
Observing the high school students interact with the larger community and witnessing their personal and educational growth as they prepare to enter the next phase of their lives. 

Samantha Resnick, LICSW has been with Gifford for 9 years as a social worker in the High School. Sam received her MSW from the University of Michigan and has worked in a number of different settings including an outpatient mental health clinic where she helped develop an adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program, an inpatient unit, and a hospital emergency room. 

Favorite thing about working at Gifford?
One of the most important lessons that I have learned at Gifford is that through struggle and hardship comes growth and renewal.  I am perpetually amazed and inspired by watching Gifford students learn about themselves, develop new strategies and overcome challenges, and by the fortitude of families throughout that process. There is nothing more poignant than attending graduation in June and watching students walk across that stage as more competent, insightful young adults.  


Becky Freedman, LICSW 
joined Gifford School in August 2017 as a High School Social Worker. Since receiving her MSW from Simmons College in 2007, Becky has worked with children and families in a range of clinical settings.

Favorite thing about working at Gifford?
I am impressed by the strong multidisciplinary team here at Gifford School. No two students are identical, and Gifford School values these differences. Everyone collaboratively works together to meet the individual needs of the students. It’s extremely rewarding to have the opportunity to celebrate a success that happened during the school day, regardless of how big or small, with students and their families.






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