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Finding a job that aligns your passions and talents is deeply fulfilling. Carrie Provenzale found just that when she became the executive director of Naperville’s Turning Pointe Autism Foundation in 2016.

Provenzale entered college as a special education major. After a few classes, though, she realized teaching wasn’t a good fit—and pivoted to pursue a career in nonprofit development. After working in the field for 20 years, Provenzale now uses both skills to run a school for children who are on the autism spectrum.

“I still pinch myself that I get to lead a special needs school and do it in a way I am good at,” she says. “Our teachers are complete rock stars; that’s the role they are meant to play. I’m meant to be more strategic.”

Turning Pointe Autism Foundation
1500 West Ogden Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540

Turning Pointe Autism Foundation
1500 West Ogden Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540

Turning Pointe Autism Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Turning Pointe Autism Foundation is an endorsed Center for Autism accredited by the IBCCES.

Our organization does not discriminate in employment or the provision of educational services on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, disability, citizenship status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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