Special Education Services

Francis A. Lagace, Director of Special Education and Student Services

Letter of Introduction

 Fran Lagace Introduction Letter.pdf 

Hello Parents, Guardians and Families,

I would like to formally introduce myself as the new Director of Special Services (since November 30, 2020) of Westbrook Public Schools!  My name is Fran Lagace and I come to Westbrook with 20 years of educational experience that includes nine years of teaching and eleven years in educational leadership.  As some of you may know, Madeline Illinger “retired” in June of 2020 but then stayed on in the role of Interim Director of Special Services until the end of November. 

It has certainly been challenging to “hit the ground running” in the middle of a school year during a global pandemic and the amazing staff and families here in Westbrook have been truly supportive and wonderful!  It has been my privilege and honor to meet many of you in meetings already since I started.  I am looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you to support you and your child(ren) in having the best and most successful, personalized educational experience here in Westbrook.

If you would like to contact my office and set up a time we can meet and discuss your child’s specific needs, or just to say “Hi,” please do not hesitate to reach out to me at the contact information above. You can also reach out to my administrative assistant, Jillian Carr at jcarr@westbrookctschools.org, to schedule a meeting.  Currently we are conducting all meetings remotely through Google Meet or by teleconference due to the pandemic conditions.

I look forward to meeting all of you and working with your grade level team to provide the very best services possible for your student(s)!


Sincerely and in partnership,




Fran Lagace

Director of Special Services

Westbrook Public Schools



cc  Dr. Kristina Martineau

     Jillian Carr

Westbrook Public Schools Bilingual Education

Daisy Ingraham Bilingual Education

Middle School Bilingual Education

High School Bilingual Education

How to schedule a virtual appointment

To schedule an appointment with special education staff please click the link to the right.


To schedule an appointment with the Director of Special Education and Student Services, please contact Jillian Carr, student services administrative assistant. JCarr@westbrookctschools.org