• The Co-Directors of Special Education welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year!

    Catherine Zinni is the Director of Elementary Special Education, grades PK-5. She has worked in the field of education as a special education teacher, school principal, and special education professor at Bridgewater State University. When not at work, Catherine enjoys walking along the Cape Cod seashore and spending time with her family. Catherine has been busy this summer meeting students and staff involved in our summer programs while familiarizing herself with the components of the Barnstable school system. She looks forward to building positive relationships with families and educators so our students are able to learn and grow through the support of home and school. Catherine can be reached at 508-862-4993 and email at Being new to the district, she will be attending each elementary school's Open House event so she can say hello in person.

    Eric Bruinooge is the district's Director of Secondary Special Education, grades 6-12+. Eric has worked in Barnstable since 2001 as a School Psychologist, Curriculum Director, Coordinator of Special Education, and, most recently, as the district's Assistant Director of Special Education. Eric has been busy this summer involved in the interviews of new staff, supporting summer services, and working on state funding initiatives that impact Barnstable's special education department. When not at work, Eric enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, and driving his 1974 Chevelle. Eric looks forward to working with parents and educators to create strong partnerships that result in student success. Eric can be reached by phone at 508-862-4993, and email at

    We both look forward to an exciting year of collaboration between you and the Barnstable public schools.

    Eric Bruinooge and Catherine Zinni
    Co-Directors of Special Education

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