Brendan Cartlidge

Director of Admissions and Outreach

Brendan is enthralled by the opportunity to serve as the Director of Admissions and Outreach at Fusion’s Princeton campus. He spent the past year as the Director of the Homework Café; responsible for facilitating the academic and social balance of the student experience. In that time, Brendan was inspired by Fusion’s commitment to providing loving mentorship as the foundation for the education model. He believes that the role of DAO will provide a unique opportunity to carry such values into the broader community.

Brendan’s love of learning and passion for helping kids, led him to obtain his Master’s degree in education. Before coming to Fusion, Brendan was the director of a social/ recreational program for individuals with social challenges in the Princeton area. Simultaneously, Brendan worked as a life coach/ mentor for teens with ASD, ADHD, and Executive function delays. Before that, Brendan was a middle school social studies teacher in a public school. He is an energetic person with a natural ability to connect with others.  He understands that making a personal connection is the cornerstone of the educational experience.  Brendan has a kind and welcoming air which makes him easy to be around. He is genuinely interested in what others have to say, and sees the value in every individual.  Brendan has an innate ability to see the world through the lens of others which gives him valuable perspective when assisting families. In the past few years, Brendan has plunged head long into the worlds of Social Thinking and Executive Function and was a presenter at the 2015 Social Thinking Providers’ conference in San Francisco.

In addition to being the Director of Admissions and Outreach, Brendan is a devoted husband and a father to his 2 year old son Sawyer, and 7 month old son Xavier. Brendan lives in Bordentown, NJ where he uses his spare time to practice woodworking, kayak on the Delaware, and surf at the Jersey shore. He has travelled most of the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean, and looks forward to someday hiking the John Muir Trail with his two sons.