Bridging the Gap Kindergarten Classroom
The BTG Kindergarten classroom is designed for children 4-6 years old (age as of September 1) who will benefit from an intensive classroom experience. The principles of ABA are used to prepare children for future classroom placements, by teaching skills such as choral responding, following group instructions, following conditional instructions, and transitioning between tasks and activities appropriately. Academic skills are taught in small groups for individualization, but whole-group instruction is also utilized throughout the day to generalize skills learned in smaller settings. BTG classrooms also participate in regular field trips to community locations throughout the year.
The focus of the BTG Kindergarten Classroom is to continue the foundation of group and social skills established either in one-on-one ABA sessions or in the BTG Preschool class, and expand on those skills to gain independence and fluency with classroom routines and academic skills. The hours for BTG Kindergarten are 8:15am-1:00pm, Monday through Friday.
Stemming from a traditional one-on-one ABA setup, children are taught to respond within different student-to-teacher ratios, teaching styles, and classroom environments. This process generalizes skills learned in traditional one-on-one ABA therapy to a group environment and teaches students how to learn in a group setting. BTG places a large emphasis on improving adaptive and self-regulation skills to reduce the occurrence of potentially disruptive behaviors.
Lead Teacher, Ms. Sandie
Hello, my name is Sandie Brownlee and I am so excited to be a part of such a wonderful organization! I am thrilled that I will have the opportunity to help your child learn and thrive. Being a teacher in K5 BTG is such a wonderful privilege.
I have taught children of all ages for over 20 years. I am originally from Spartanburg, SC. I graduated from Dorman High School and have a degree from the University of Phoenix.
I lived in Virginia for 27 years, which is where I first started working with children on the spectrum and other special needs children through a wonderful organization called Jill’s House. It was also there that I knew that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
I moved back home in August 2014, and began my search. I am so thankful I found Project HOPE Foundation and its programs.Teaching children is my absolute passion. I would not have it any other way!
Assistant Teacher, Ms. Jenna
Jenna was born and raised in Galesburg, IL and moved to Greenville to attend college at Bob Jones university in August of 2008. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in counseling in May of 2013.
She began her career at Hope Reach in September of 2013 working in one on one ABA therapy sessions and as a classroom shadow in Hope Academy. She now works as a senior therapist and a Bridging the Gap teacher. Her favorite thing about therapy is hearing that first word or seeing the look on a child's face when things start to click with a program. She also enjoys seeing a child's confidence grow in social situations.
When she's not in therapy, you will often find her visiting one of the many unique coffee shops in Greenville. She also enjoys visiting different cities around the Greenville area looking for fun and original shops to explore.