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.
Lead Teacher, Ms. Jordan
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
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.