Antoinette “Annie” Willis will join The Guild as chief education officer on Monday, July 22, Chief Executive Officer Amy C. Sousa announced.

Annie is joining The Guild School from the Valley Collaborative Elementary School in Tyngsboro, where she was principal and served about 80 students and supervised 70 staff. She has deep knowledge and experience in special education and has administered IEPs, overseen school budgeting, managed referrals for appropriate placements, and was instrumental in developing an effective integrated model for treatment of students with emotional and behavior issues.

She joined the Valley Collaborative in 2007 as a classroom teacher and lead BCBA before being promoted to principal in 2012. Earlier in her career, she worked as a behavior consultant at Boston ABA and as a teacher, classroom supervisor and educational coordinator at the May Institute. Annie has also served as an adjunct professor at Fitchburg State University, where she taught a course titled Behavior Analysis in Applied Settings.

Annie earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a specialization in neuropsychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her master’s in applied behavior analysis from Northeastern University.