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Bridging the Gap Post-Elementary

Bridging The Gap Post-Elementary

The BTG Junior and Senior High programs are designed for students between the ages of 10-16 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 classroom. Two adults work together to increase attention in a group, with one teacher leading a group lesson and the other serving as a RBT. Students also receive one-on-one instruction for their core academic subjects.

BTG classrooms are setup with a 4:1 student-to-teacher ratio. Each classroom has a lead and classroom RBT and a maximum of 8 students. All of the BTG teachers come with a strong background of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), which is the foundation for all of our classroom settings.

 

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

 DAVID HILL, Junior High

DAVID HILL, Junior High

 ERICK SPIVEY, Junior High

ERICK SPIVEY, Junior High

 JORDAN LEWIS, Senior High

JORDAN LEWIS, Senior High

 ERIC CYTERSKI,  Senior High

ERIC CYTERSKI, Senior High


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Bridging the Gap Junior High Classroom

The BTG junior high program is designed for students between the ages of 11-14 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 middle school classroom. Teachers work together to increase attention during group instruction, 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.  Students are placed in classrooms based on a variety of factors, including social and academic skills.  A consistent curriculum across classrooms allows teachers to individualize goals and meet students at their individual level. 

BTG junior high allows students to make academic, social, and behavioral gains by utilizing a fast-paced, fun environment.  The Middle School program also utilizes an extended school day (8:15am-4:30pm) to target functional life skills such as cooking, money management, daily chores, and self-care.  Students are able to participate in weekly community outings where they are able to practice skills such as ordering food at a restaurant, shopping for specific items, exchanging money, and manners.  This class is unique in it's blended instruction of academic, social, behavioral, and life skills.


Lead Teacher, Mr. David

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David began working with Project Hope Foundation as an RBT in 2015 while studying Secondary Education at USC Upstate. Since then he has worked as the assistant teacher in the Senior High classroom before accepting the role as Lead teacher for the Junior High class.

David’s favorite part of his job is seeing students succeed at a task that once seemed impossible and the pride that they have in themselves for sticking with it. He looks forward to seeing his kids grow and seeing the strides they make throughout the year.

He is passionate about serving our students and families and looks forward to growing with Hope as he works towards getting his BCBA. In his free time, you can find David spending time with his dog, Millie, or riding bikes with his cycling team. 

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.

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Bridging the Gap Senior High Classroom

The BTG senior high classroom is designed for students between the ages of 11-14 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 middle school classroom. Teachers work together to increase attention during group instruction, 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.  Students are placed in classrooms based on a variety of factors, including social and academic skills.  A consistent curriculum across classrooms allows teachers to individualize goals and meet students at their individual level. 

BTG senior high allows students to make academic, social, and behavioral gains by utilizing a fast-paced, fun environment.  The Middle School program also utilizes an extended school day (8:15am-4:30pm) to target functional life skills such as cooking, money management, daily chores, and self-care.  Students are able to participate in weekly community outings where they are able to practice skills such as ordering food at a restaurant, shopping for specific items, exchanging money, and manners.  This class is unique in it's blended instruction of academic, social, behavioral, and life skills.

  Typical Weekly Schedule

Typical Weekly Schedule


Lead Teacher, Ms. Jordan

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Jordan began working for Project Hope Foundation in 2014 and served as a shadow in the Middle School classroom for a year and a half before accepting a teaching position in 2016. 

She has been passionate about working with children and being involved in education for children on the autism spectrum ever since her younger sister was diagnosed with autism over 10 years ago. Project Hope, Hope Academy and Bridging the Gap did wonders for her sister's growth both socially and academically and she is so excited to now be a part of a company that offers so many opportunities for kids. 
She is looking forward to getting to watch her students learn, grow and succeed in the Middle School class! 

Hobbies: Skydiving, Yoga, Traveling, Dancing and Hiking. 

Classroom RBT, Mr. Eric

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Eric was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. He attended the University of Pittsburgh until 2010 and Penn State Behrend until 2013 with focuses in study in Psychology and Chemistry, before moving to Greenville in 2016.

Jordan began working for Project HOPE Foundation in September of 2016, as a line therapist with Hope Reach and worked for s short time as a senior therapist prior to accepting a position with Bridging the Gap as an RBT in the Senior High Classroom.

His greatest satisfaction while working at home comes from successfully working some of the more difficult goals or problems specific to his students.

When he is not working, Eric enjoys spending time with his wife and dogs.