Our New Sassafras Program Director

Our New Sassafras Program Director

Dear TQS Families,

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.” —Helen Keller

Here at TQS, relationships are core to our educational model – and we want to give every child the opportunity to forge meaningful, lasting bonds with peers, faculty, and staff. 

This is especially important in our Sassafras program, which enables young students with more challenging autism to develop the skills they need to succeed. 

That’s why I’m especially excited to introduce one of our new staff members. Seda Mkrticheva has joined our team as the new Director of the Sassafras program, and she knows all about helping kids with complex challenges develop deep and meaningful connections.

Here’s a peek into a recent conversation, so you can get to know her better:

Alex: How did you get into the field of education?

Seda: My educational background is focused on counseling, clinical and behavioral health. While completing my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Holy Family University, I began working at the Center for Autism in Northeast Philadelphia, allowing me to gain valuable experience and knowledge while providing relationship-based treatment for kids diagnosed with ASD.

Alex: What have you experienced working with children with ASD?

Seda: During my 8 years at the Center for Autism in a variety of roles, I’ve seen so much growth and potential in all of the children I’ve worked with. I’ve most enjoyed helping children to develop appropriate coping skills, identifying and establishing functional communication, assisting in regulation development and appropriate behavioral or emotional responses, and transferring skills to families.

Alex: What led you to TQS?

Seda: As I came across the opportunity at TQS, I could not contain my excitement and eagerness. It’s been a long-term goal of mine to serve in a leadership role in an educational setting for children who benefit from smaller group sizes and individualized support.

We know Seda will be instrumental in giving our students the tools and support they need to build positive relationships and develop their sense of self. Please join me in welcoming Seda to our TQS team!

Shine on,