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Chagrin Falls’ Gurney Elementary Teacher Receives TEACCH Certification

Chagrin Falls Gurney Elementary kindergarten through third grade Intervention Specialist, Jacquelyn Gerber, received her TEACCH Certification this past December.

In 1972, the University of North Carolina designed the TEACCH Autism Program to serve as a statewide program to help those with autism as well as their families and service delivery providers. The program has developed training programs, lectures and hands-on learning activities for students and professionals who serve those with autism. TEACCH stands for Teaching, Expanding, Appreciating, Collaborating, Cooperation and Holistic, the core values of the program.

In order to receive this certification, Gerber had to implement TEACCH principles and practices into her work for one year, attend several seminars and create and submit a portfolio for review which was then followed up by an exam and interview. Her certification is valid for three years and now allows her to share information and consult on TEACCH principles and practices within Gurney Elementary.

“I have had the desire to work on the TEACCH Practitioner Certification for many years and Chagrin Falls gave me the opportunity to pursue that dream,” said Gerber. “With this certificate, I look forward to providing trainings, support, consult and modeling of the TEACCH methodology in the district.”

Pictured In Top Left Photo: Gurney Elementary Intervention Specialist, Jacquelyn L. Gerber

Chagrin Valley Rotary Club Student of the Month for January

Chagrin Falls High School Senior Leah Gillespie was chosen for her service and leadership qualities as the January Chagrin Valley Rotary Club Student of the Month. She is a National Merit Semi-Finalist, an AP Scholar with Distinction and is on the Honor Roll with Distinction.

Her AP and Honors classes include: AP Physics 1, AP US History, AP Chemistry, AP English Language, AP Calculus AB, AP Government, AP Calculus BC, AP English Literature, AP Spanish, AP Biology and AP Computer Science.

When Leah is not working hard in her classes, she is active in many extracurricular activities. She is on the swim team, softball team, crew for the spring musical and a member of the Chagrin Falls Education Foundation Student Board. She is also in marching band and is the Mellophone Section Leader, as well as Squad Leader for the Lincoln Douglas Debate Team.

Outside of school she volunteers at Rescue Village, is a tutor at Math Monkey, a lifeguard at Wembley and has a brown-black belt in Kuk Sul Do.

Leah was recognized at a recent Chagrin Valley Rotary Club meeting.

Pictured In Top Right Photo: January Chagrin Valley Rotary Club Student of the Month, Leah Gillespie

Chagrin Falls’ Educators and Staff First District in the United States to Achieve Complete Google Certification

All teachers at Gurney Elementary, the Intermediate School, Middle School and High School are now Level 1 Google Certified Educators. In addition to every full-time teacher, including art, music, physical education and foreign language, every principal, school counselor, intervention specialist, administrative team, as well as various secretaries, classroom aides and a long term substitute teacher have become certified. This makes Chagrin Falls Schools the only district in the United States to accomplish complete Google Certification.

Staff went through a rigorous 10-week training, passed their three-hour exam, and are now implementing many new ways to boost communications between home and school, post assignments and involved students in real-time learning experiments.

“Nancy Kevern did a phenomenal job on this project,” said Director of Technology and Information Systems, Mike Daugherty, Chagrin Falls Schools. “It truly was all her hard work, dedication and persistence that made this possible. Our staff is amazing and we are so thankful for their dedication to get us to where we are today.”

Pictured In Bottom Photo: Chagrin Falls’ Educators and Staff Achieve Complete Google Certification

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