The Bureau Welcomes Andrea Brinnel!

The Bureau of Special Education welcomes a new member, Dr. Andrea Brinnel.

Andrea joined the Special Education team earlier this month as an Education Consultant and is a welcome addition to the Grants Administration Unit.  Her primary responsibilities include: 619 IDEA Grant Coordinator, Special Education Early Childhood Coordinator, and Parent Partnerships.  Andrea will also manage the State Performance Plan Indicators 6, 7, 8, and 12, Complaint Resolutions, and provide general special education support for school districts and parents.

Andrea comes to the Bureau with a wealth of knowledge and experience from her previous role as a program manager for the Smart Start and School Readiness grant programs at the CT Office of Early Childhood (OEC).  Prior to her work at the OEC she was the program manager for the State Head Start grant program and staffed the Early Childhood Cabinet.  Before coming to work for the state, Andrea was a special education coordinator and preschool special education teacher.  She has worked in the field for almost 30 years.

Andrea may be reached by email at or by phone at (860) 713-6941.