2018 40 Under 40 Honoree
Sandcastle Clinical and Educational Services
Jaci Peterson, the Educational Director at Sandcastle Clinical and Educational Services since 2015, oversees all educational program requirements for the agency, including curriculum, treatment plans, staff requirements, meetings with Child Development Services, classroom observations, and most importantly advocating for families and children to receive access to the educational and clinical services for which they are eligible
Jaci began at Sandcastle as an Education Technician in 2011 and finished her degree while working as a lead teacher, and then moving into a lead special educator position. Jaci says, “The best parts of my career would be that I am honored to support families and children to gain access to developmental and clinical supports, allowing the child and the family to grow together.”
Born in Lewiston and currently residing in Lewiston, Jaci grew up in New Auburn where she learned to love local businesses, lakes and walking trails. Although she moved to Litchfield for high school, she returned to Lewiston with the intent to buy a home and to begin her career, and now, she says, “I am back in my favorite place to work, live, and play!”
She is passionate about access to quality food resources, education, mental health services, medical care, and basic housing needs, and states, “I feel strongly that all members within our community should have programs that support these basic needs to cultivate strong families, healthy children, and a compassionate future generation. The more we work together as professionals, the stronger our community will grow.”
Although she enjoys restaurants all over town, her favorite spots are Auburn’s Rolly’s Diner, Gritty’s, 84 Court St, Heathco’s, Top it Frozen Yogurt, and House of Bacon.