Meet Jennifer Cotterill, PEP’s New Director, Special Education

Jennifer Cotterill faces forward, looking into the camera, smiling.

Meet Jennifer Cotterill, PEP’s New Director, Special Education

On Dec. 4 PEP welcomed Jennifer Cotterill to its team as the director, special education. This role is an essential part of the PEP leadership team and is responsible for developing and maintaining all special education programming at PEP’s Day Treatment Centers.

Cotterill, who holds a master’s degree in education from Notre Dame College and an administration license from Baldwin Wallace University, joins PEP with close to two decades of experience. In her most recent role as a ReadOhio coach at the Educational Services Center of Northeast Ohio, Cotterill worked with laws pertaining to Ohio’s EdChoice Scholarship program and dyslexia laws. Prior to her time there, Cotterill was the special education coordinator at Midview Local Schools.

Why PEP?

“Having worked as a district partner with PEP for several years, I saw the work that is done with students and families to identify and build on strengths,” says Cotterill. “I understand that students have unique needs and feel that the approach PEP takes with each child is individual and supportive. This opportunity was exactly what I was looking for!”

Cotterill says one thing that has always surprised her about PEP is how happy the staff are. “I have said this for years! Everyone you meet is happy and welcoming and very eager to help. It’s so refreshing!

As for her primary goal at PEP, it’s simple: She is hoping to make a positive impact, collectively, on the lives of PEP students.

When She’s Not Working

In her free time, Cotterill admits she can’t resist the pull of what she calls “trashy television.” She particularly likes the Real Housewives series.

Her favorite food is tacos. In fact, she says she will eat them “any time, day or night.”

“Every Little Thing She Does is Magic” is Cotterill’ favorite song.

Cotterill lives with her partner Patrick, along with their five children and an “amazing golden retriever.”

If you see her, introduce yourself and welcome her to the team (but hide your tacos).

Learn More

To learn more about Positive Education Program and the services overseen by Jennifer Cotterill, visit our website.