BUFFALO, N.Y. — Beyond Support Network is proud to announce that Andrew Shanahan has been hired as the new Director of Education for Beyond Learning Center, formerly the Cantalician Center for Learning. Shanahan joins Beyond with more than a decade of experience as the Education Director at Autism Services, Inc. (ASI).

“I am truly honored to be welcomed on board by such a highly dedicated group of professionals at every level,” Shanahan said. “The Beyond Support Network has a strong reputation for providing quality services in our community, and I am looking forward to contributing to that effort in the years ahead.”

Shanahan will oversee the operation of the Daycare Evaluation/Outreach Program, Special Education programs, Nursing Clinic and Cafeteria through Principals, Clinical Supervisors, Coordinators, and Department Heads all at Beyond Learning Center in Depew, N.Y. He’ll work directly with fellow members of the Beyond Support Network administration team to assist in the development, implementation and monitoring of Special Education procedures and programs consistent and compatible with New York State educational requirements for Special Education.

Beyond Learning Center is currently responsible for the educational opportunity and development of more than 330 students.

Shanahan has served as Education Director as ASI since July of 2012 where he has been responsible for the supervision of Autism Services School Program, an 853 Private Provider School for 102 K-12 students, enrolled across two separate schools. Prior to his appointment as Education Director, he served as a Staff Professional Development Training Associate at ASI for nearly three years.

In total, Shanahan has spent more than 15 years working with and advocating for individuals with developmental disabilities and was published alongside his colleagues in 2016 in the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology: “Community Effectiveness RCT of a Comprehensive Psychosocial Treatment for High-Functioning Children with ASD”

He graduated in 2005, Cum Laude with a B.A. in Psychology from SUNY College at Buffalo before earning an M.S., Counseling and Human Development, Concentration in School Counseling at the University of Rochester. He has since gone on to earn Certificates of Advanced Study in School District Leadership and School Building Leadership from St. Bonaventure University and Niagara University, respectively.