July 25, 2022

Hello SES Families!

On behalf of SES, please take a moment to help us in celebrating the promotion of our former Principal, Arlene Reidinger, and Assistant Principal, Kim Kozak, to new roles in the Lawrence Public Schools.  We also celebrate the promotion of our new Principal, Erik Desmond, and new Assistant Principal, Angely Alba Burgos.  Check back for Mr. Desmond's 2022-2023 Welcome Letter!

Meet the SES Administration


Erik Desmond (Principal):  A licensed Special Education teacher, Mr. Desmond has over 15 years’ experience in the field of education. As a teacher, Erik has over 9 years of experience teaching Math and History at the high school level. Throughout his years of teaching, he also coached football and wrestling at the high school and collegiate level. During the 2015-16 school year, Mr. Desmond transitioned into the role of Dean of Students at the SES. While serving as Dean, he was an instrumental part of a team that reformed the academic and therapeutic services that the school offered to their students. During this time, he also worked closely with the administration team, staff, students, and community members to help create and maintain a positive school climate. Mr. Desmond transitioned to the Assistant Principal role at SES in the 2021-2022 school year.  In this position, he served as the head of student services, which includes addressing student concerns, guiding enrichment opportunities, and assisting staff in guiding students toward academic achievement.


Angely Alba-Burgos (Assistant Principal):  Ms. Alba-Burgos joined SES during the 2014-2015 academic year.  Throughout her time at SES, she has served as a crisis aide, teacher, specialist, and facilitator.  Her impressive trajectory in the field of education has led her to the role of Assistant Principal at the School for Exceptional Studies for the 2022-2023 school year.  She has an extensive knowledge of curriculum and the Massachusetts State Standards, and received intensive training for unpacking the standards in order to meet each of  her students' individual needs.  In her new role, Ms. Alba-Burgos will mentor all educational staff.  She will assist teachers with the development of different UDL strategies that allow all students access to the curriculum.  Ms. Alba-Burgos is also bilingual in English and Spanish.


Ms. Alba-Burgos has earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Lasell College and her Master’s Degree in Education from Cambridge College.

If You are Looking for Community Activities

Si Estan Buscando por las Actividades de la Comunidad



Youth Soccer

Beyond Soccer, Inc.

280 Merrimack Street, Suite 309

Lawrence, MA 01843

Cell:  617-970-1623



Youth Football

Lawrence Pop Warner Football



City of Lawrence Recreation Department

Lawrence Recreation Director

Nelson Ortiz

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Music and Arts 

Movement City

168 Newbury Street

Lawrence, MA 01841




Essex Art Center

56 Island Street, Lawrence, MA 01840




Lawrence YMCA


Executive Director

Daniel Halloran


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Sports Director

Jaycob Morales

978-686-6191 x49

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Ice Skating

Vetrans Memorial Skating Rink

229 Brook Street

Haverhill, MA 01832

Rink Director

Vin Ouellette

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MA Department of Children and Families


If You are Looking for Counseling Agencies and Community Supports in Lawrence

Si Estan Buscando por Agencias de Consejeria y Apoyo Comunitario en El Area de Lawrence


St. Ann's Home

100A Haverhill Street

Methuen, MA 01844

Phone:  978-682-5276

(ask for intake - Lucy)

Fax:  978-688-4932


Arbour Counseling Services

599 Canal Street #1E

Lawrence, MA 01840

Phone:  978-686-8202

Fax:  978-686-1281


Counseling for Change Associates

60 Island Street #43

Lawrence, MA 01840

Phone:  978-687-3700

Fax:  425-928-2856


South Bay

15 Union Street, 2nd Floor

Lawrence, MA 01840

Phone:  978-688-5222

Fax:  978-688-4901


MA Society Prevention Cruelty to Children (MSPCC)

439 S. Union Street #116

Lawrence, MA 01843

Phone:  978-682-9222

Fax:  978-681-9508


Children's Friend & Family Services

15 Union Street, Ste. 200

Lawrence, MA 01840

Phone:  978-682-7289

Fax (CSA):  978-686-2954

Fax (Clinic):  978-482-2014


Lahey in Lawrence

12 Methuen Street

Lawrence, MA 01840

Phone:  978-683-3128

(ask for Intake)

Fax:  978-682-7296


The Psychological Center

11 Union Street

Lawrence, MA 01840

Phone:  978-685-1337

Fax:  978-681-1281


LPS Family Resource Center

Lawrence Public Schools

60 Island Street

Lawrence, MA 01840


The School for Exceptional Studies is located at the North Common Education Complex (NCEC- Old Lawrence High School)  NCEC is a large building, and houses SES, UP Academy Oliver, the High School Learning Center, and the Superintendent's Office.  As each school, and Central Office have their own designated enterances, please use the following guide to help you access SES. 


Visiting SES

School for Exceptional Studies is located at 303 Haverhill Street.  When visiting SES, please be sure to ring the bell at the lower right door.  Identify yourself and your reason for the visit, and await further instructions.