Crabb named new senior director for School-Based Therapy Services at HCDE

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February 8, 2017 by HCDE Communications

Carie Crabb named new Therapy director at HCDECarie Crabb is the new senior director for Harris County Department of Education’s School-Based Therapy Services. HCDE’s team of highly trained physical, occupational and music therapists provide on-campus support for more than 7,000 students with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities and other challenges in greater Harris County.

Crabb has 28 years of experience as a school-based therapist. After graduating from Houston Community College in 1988, she began working at HCDE as a physical therapist assistant and was assigned to Houston Independent School District. She later obtained her master’s degree in physical therapy at Texas Woman’s University and returned to HCDE as a physical therapist.

During her time at HCDE, Crabb has served Houston, Galena Park, Pasadena, Goose Creek and Humble independent school districts as a therapist. Crabb joined the management team in 2004, where she has partnered with various school districts, the Gulf Coast Co-op and the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Early Childhood Intervention program.

Her expertise in physical therapy led her to serve as the HCDE center coordinator for clinical education for professional physical therapy and physical therapy assistant students who attend local colleges and universities. She has also served on the advisory boards for the Houston Community College and Wharton County Junior College Physical Therapy Assistant Programs and has been a guest lecturer for the Texas Woman’s University doctoral program for physical therapy.

“I am committed to improving educational success for Harris County students through provision of high quality therapy services in partnership with the area school districts and charter schools,” said Crabb. “I have been very fortunate to have a career I truly love and I’m excited about this next chapter at HCDE.”

Crabb will begin her role as senior director on Feb. 1, 2017. She replaces retiring senior director Jean Polichino, who has led the division since 2007.

For more information about HCDE’s School-Based Therapy Services, visit

About Harris County Department of Education (HCDE): Serving students, teachers, schools and communities throughout Harris County, HCDE is a local governmental organization providing value for school districts while supporting educational opportunity. Partnering with Harris County school districts, HCDE maximizes local resources and responds to the needs of locally elected school boards and education leaders. HCDE services include school-based therapy for students, afterschool programs, Head Start, educator training, adult education and programs to promote safe schools. To learn more about how your county department of education can help you:


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