Established in 2002, Woodhouse Academy is a Connecticut State Approved Special Education School. We provide an unparalleled educational, emotional, and therapeutic haven for adolescent students who have been diagnosed with internalizing psychological issues, autism spectrum disorder, and/or learning disabilities.

At Woodhouse Academy, students who have struggled in ordinary school environments or who have not lived up to their intellectual potential, can learn, adjust, overcome and be successful as they move onto college and out into the world.

Our Roles

Special Education Teacher Roles

Our Special Education Teachers play several roles in the lives of our students. They teach, mentor, guide, and help our students discover a world of new possibilities. You will play an integral role in the success of our students by helping each child develop the skills needed to be successful academically and throughout life.

Therapeutic Roles

The Woodhouse team seamlessly integrates social, emotional, and behavioral development into each student’s daily academic life. Our Certified School Psychologist and Certified School Social Worker along with our Consulting Psychiatrist, work together to give the student the strategies needed to be successful.

At a glance

Team Members

4 Oxford Road, Building F, Milford, CT 06460


Dr. Stephen Baranski

Director of Education

Steve’s Special Education and Music experience includes university level positions and working with students from age Pre-K to age 21. Steve began his career with the New York City Department of Education where he taught for 7 years. Following his work in New York, he worked in the Westport Public Schools for 23 years and taught in the Hamden Public Schools. In addition to teaching in the Special Education field, his music groups performed at the prestigious Connecticut Music Educators Association conference and received ratings of Superior at national and local adjudications and festivals. Steve completed his Administration Certification at Southern Connecticut State University and presented at several well-known conferences. For his development and application of technology-based innovation in learning, Steve was awarded the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium’s Teacher Innovation Award. In his spare time, he has served as a pianist on Broadway for Phantom of the Opera and off-Broadway for the Sullivan Street production of The Fantasticks. Steve earned his Ph.D. from New York University and holds a M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music.  

Ryan Plosker

Senior Vice President, Operations

Dr. Ryan Plosker serves as Senior Vice President of Operations in the Northeast region. In this role, he works to drive operational excellence and growth for all of New Story’s Northeast region-based schools and programs. Ryan also serves as the Executive Director and Founder of New England Academy. Throughout his career, Ryan has worked to bridge the gap between psychology and education to meet the needs of students—from his clinical work at Children’s Hospital in Boston to his later work as a public-school psychologist, school director, and special education administrator. He shares his educational and clinical insights, teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

“At our schools across the Northeast region, we’re passionate about breaking down social and emotional barriers that hinder academic success. By providing a supportive and challenging environment, we empower students to reach their full potential, fostering growth and preparing them for success after school.”


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