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BRIDGING THE GAP ELEMENTARY

Bridging The Gap Elementary Information

The BTG Elementary program is designed for students between the ages of 5-12 who require more intensive practice of classroom skills, but benefit from learning in a group setting. The BTG model includes the use of applied behavior analysis (ABA) principles and a classroom setup modeled after a mainstream elementary classroom. Two teachers work together to increase attention in a group, with one teacher leading a group lesson and the other serving as a shadow. Students also receive individualized small group instruction for their core academic subjects.

BTG classrooms are set up with a 4:1 student-to-teacher ratio.  The BTG program has a mix of certified teachers and Registered Behavior Technicians, all of whom receive extensive training on the principles of behavior and classroom management.

K5 CLASSROOM

The BTG Kindergarten classroom is designed for children 5-6 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 appropriately.

1ST, 2ND, 3RD-4TH, and 5TH-6TH GRADES

BTG Elementary also includes a 1st grade classroom, a 2nd grade classroom, a 3rd/4th grade classroom and two 5th-6th grade classroom. Students are placed in classrooms based on a variety of factors, including social and academic skills.  A consistent curriculum across grades allows teachers to individualize goals and meet students at their individual level. 

To find out more information about the BTG philosophy or get more information for your child, please contact the BTG Coordinators at 864-676-0028 or complete the interest form.

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.

BTG Kindergarten Weekly Schedule

BTG Kindergarten Weekly Schedule


Lead Teacher, Ms. Sandie

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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!


Classroom RBT,  Ms. Jenna

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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. 

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Bridging the Gap First Grade Classroom

The BTG first grade classroom is designed for children 6-7 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 appropriately.  BTG classrooms also participate in regular field trips to community locations throughout the year.

The focus of the BTG First Grade Classroom is to continue the foundation of group and social skills established in Kindergarten, while expanding those skills to include consistency with classroom routines and academic performance.  The hours for BTG 1st Grade are 8:15am-1:00pm.

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.

BTG 1st Grade Weekly Schedule

BTG 1st Grade Weekly Schedule


Lead Teacher, Ms. Lindsay

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My name is Lindsay Gaynor. I started working with Project Hope in May of 2014 and continued to work summers until June of 2017 when I graduated from Winthrop University with a degree in Psychology. I was so excited to join Bridging the Gap as the 1st grade lead teacher. I went to Hope Academy from 2nd to 5th grade and was influenced tremendously by watching the growth within my peers. This made me want to become involved in helping other students grow to their full potential.

When I am not working you can find me working on my masters in Behavior Analysis,playing with my cat Mitsy, and spending time with my fiance and family.

Classroom RBT, Ms. Julia

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Hello, my name is Julia Gaffney and I joined Hope Reach in October, 2016, as a line therapist. I am extremely excited to be a part of Bridging the Gap this year. Over the past seven years I have had the opportunity to educate of ages from PreK-1st grade. Working with children is my passion. I look forward to watching our students learn, grow, and be successful  this school year. In my free time I love to travel and attend Carolina Football games with my husband. 
 

Bridging the Gap Second Grade Classroom

The BTG second grade classroom is designed for children 7-8 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 appropriately.  BTG classrooms also participate in regular field trips to community locations throughout the year.

The focus of the BTG second grade classroom is to continue the foundation of group and social skills established in Kindergarten, while expanding those skills to include consistency with classroom routines and academic performance.  The hours for BTG 2nd Grade are 8:15am-3:15pm.

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.

BTG 1st Grade Weekly Schedule

BTG 1st Grade Weekly Schedule


Lead Teacher, Ms. Layla

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During my senior year at Furman University, I began interning with the various programs of Project Hope Founation. As a psychology student, I’ve always had a passion for people, and knew that my future career would involve helping others in some capacity. My interest in education and working with children led me to the special place that is Hope Academy.

Upon graduating in May of 2013, I started working as a line therapist and shadowed children in Bridging the Gap. I loved the way that therapy and education are integrated in this program and knew it was a perfect fit. My teaching position began in the summer of 2014 with the onset of BTG 1st-3rd grade. These students completely captured my heart and I am happy to say that I am now co-teaching in our 2nd-3rd grade classroom.

I absolutely love when a new skill or idea seems to light up in the mind of my students. I can’t seem to get enough hugs in throughout the day either. However, my favorite part of the BTG classroom is seeing the relationships between our students slowly form and develop throughout the year. When I’m not at school, I love to explore Greenville’s local events, bake semi-homemade desserts, and enjoy some occasional retail therapy. Layla enjoys spending her free time with her fiancé Paul, daughter Leighton, and dog Maezy. 

Classroom RBT, Ms. Meg

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Meg is so excited to be apart of Bridging the Gap as a the Registered Behavior Technician in the classroom.  She moved to Greenville in 2009 to attend Bob Jones University and gratuated with a Bachelor's in Performance Studies in 2013. In 2016, she received her Masters in Arts in Theater Arts.

Meg began working with Hope Reach as a line therapist the summer of 2016 and taught drama as a specials class  during the spring semester for Bridging the Gap. After a year of working as a line therapist, Meg transitioned to working in BTG and has enjoyed the classroom setting and the interaction with her students. Meg is so glad to be apart of helping children learn , not only in an academic setting, but also in social settings. 

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Bridging the Gap 3rd and 4th Grade Classroom

The BTG 3rd-4th Grade Classroom is for students 8-10 years old (as of September 1) who benefit from a small group learning environment based on structure and reinforcement.  Students are taught using both small group and whole group instruction.  Academics, as well as social skills, are taught based on individual performance.  Both South Carolina State and Common Core Standards are utilized to guide curriculum selection and presentation.     

The focus of the BTG 3rd-4th Grade Classroom is to extend the academic skills gained in 2nd grade and continue the development of group and social skills such as team work and peer play.  BTG classes also attend regular field trips in the local community.  The hours for BTG 3rd-4th Grade are 8:15am-3:15pm.

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.

BTG 3rd/4ht Grade Weekly Schedule

BTG 3rd/4ht Grade Weekly Schedule


Lead Teacher, Ms. Valerie

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Valerie joined the Hope Reach team in January, 2016, as a line therapist. She previously work with children with autism for five years in Pennsylvania.
Valerie loves interacting with kids of all ages, and teaching them is her passion. 

Valerie grew up in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Edinboro University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education. She has many years of experience in the school setting with children in grades Prek-12.

Outside of work Valerie enjoys boating, traveling and gardening. 

 


Classroom RBT, Ms. Jackie

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Hi, my name is Jackie Selvaggi and I joined the Project Hope team in September 2017 as a classroom RBT.  I was born and raised in Stony Point, New York and moved down to South Carolina with my family in Summer 2017 upon graduating with my bachelors in psychology.  I am currently working towards a masters degree in social work.

I have previously worked with children and adults with autism in varying capacities for the past 5 years and have loved every minute of it!  I am so grateful for the opportunity to work for Project Hope.

During my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and exploring Greenville! 

Bridging the Gap 5th/6th Grade Classrooms

BTG 5th/6th grade classrooms are small-group classrooms designed where the student to teacher ratio is 4:1. Students are instructed independently, in small groups, and as whole class. Multiple learning styles are incorporated in the intimate classroom setting through the use of hands-on group activities, technology based instruction, and independent work that is differentiated to their level. In a typical day, students learn and practice core academic subjects, as well as social skills and age appropriate functional tasks. We also incorporate fun and creativity into the classroom through art, and utilizing the outdoors and the community around us.

The focus of the BTG 5th/6th grade classrooms are designed to extend the academic skills gained in 3rd/4th grade and continue the development of group and social skills such as team work and conversation.  BTG classes also attend regular field trips in the local community.  The hours for these classes are 8:15am-3:15pm.

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, Mr. Jacob 

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Jacob joined the Hope Reach staff in January of 2015, after 6 years of work with children on the Autism Spectrum. He began his ABA training with the Early Autism Project in 2008 and spent 3 years doing one on one ABA therapy for children in the Fort Mill and Clover areas of South Carolina. He also spent 4 years working with Turning Point Services, teaching functional and vocational skills to teenagers and young adults on the spectrum, and 2 years in the South Carolina public school system, as a shadow and an ABA therapist. Jacob joined the BTG team in June of 2015 as a Middle School Co-Teacher.  He brings a great deal of experience and excitement to the classroom!

Jacob’s favorite part about working for Project HOPE is the opportunity to merge his passions for ABA and functional/vocational teaching. In the Bridging the Gap classroom, he gets the chance to teach academic as well as life skills in order to give his students a leg up for their future.

Classroom RBT, Ms. Jordan

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Jordan was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia. She moved to Greenville in 2016 for her husband's job. 

Jordan began working for Project HOPE Foundation in April of 2016. She began as a line therapist and a shadow in the classroom before accepting a position as a Classroom RBT. Her first experience in ABA was one year with The Autism Learning Center in Columbus, Georgia. 

Her favorite part of working at Project HOPE and in the BTG program is seeing the interactions between the children. 

When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with her two dogs, going to beach, reading, and spending time with family and friends.