I serve as our Educational Director and Curriculum Coordinator for the upper grades. In this capacity, I design learning environments that engage students who have all types of disabilities and challenges. I am attuned to the need of our student body to be successful in the community at large. For this reason I meet with teachers and staff on a regular basis to develop personalized educational and social skill solutions to allow each child to thrive to his or her fullest potential. I am passionate about educating children; this leads to children who are more passionate about learning and are better prepared for the future. My skills-based approach stems from an ideal to provide children with the tools to survive in life. “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Along with other duties, I am responsible for staff development, evaluating students for class placement and participating in the hiring and supervision of teachers and assistants.
My education encompasses a B.A. in psychology and an M.S. in Special and General Education from the College of Staten Island, as well as an M.S. in educational administration from The College of St. Rose. I am a Wilson certified reading specialist and I also spearhead the use of technology in our classrooms.
Prior to joining Gesher Yehuda in 2005, I was the Principal at Ha’or Beacon School, a special education program, with a specialty in behavior intervention. I currently serve as a practicum supervisor at Daemen College and mentor both new and experienced teachers.