Sheila Burgess is a retired Special Education administrator from the North Attleboro Public Schools. She currently serves as an Inclusion Specialist for the Hockomock Area YMCA, where she works to include individuals with disabilities in all aspects of programming, including sports, the arts, and camp programs. She serves as the coach of the inclusive golf team and supervises the YMCA’s youth theater program.
Throughout her career, Sheila’s background in general and special education has enabled her to intuitively meet the needs of hundreds of children with disabilities and their families. She is passionate about including individuals of all abilities in every aspect of life in their respective communities.
Sheila and her husband, Joe, live in Cumberland, Rhode Island and have two grown children both of whom are educators, and three grandchildren. In addition to Sheila’s work in the special needs community, she enjoys serving on the Board of the State Ballet of Rhode Island and as costume designer and head seamstress for their biannual performances. In her retirement, she has developed an interest in golf, and enjoys reading, gourmet cooking and travel