Geauga County ESC
Geauga ACHIEVE Newsletter 2017

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A math lesson on ratios in Mrs. Kustron's Geauga ACHIEVE class at West Geauga Middle School.

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Robin Ludwig, Program Supervisor
robin.ludwig@geaugaesc.org
Geauga ACHIEVE
Program Description
Geauga Achieve is an educational program serving students with multiple disabilities who require moderate to intensive instruction. The program currently has six classrooms located throughout Geauga County in the public school buildings. Geauga Achieve offers two sites for half-day prevocational training programs to support students in their prepartion for transition to adult life and employment options. Geauga Achieve students are in kindergarten all the way through high school (their 22nd birthday). Geauga Achieve aims to provide all students, regardless of disability, an educational program in a supportive environment that meets the individual needs of the student. Each class can accommodate a maximum of eight students and is led by a licensed intervention specialist. Students receive instruction in the core academic areas with a modified curriculum based on the Ohio Department of Education Standards and Extended Standards. an educational program for children with special needs throughout Geauga County. Our program empowers young individuals with multiple disabilities through a supportive and integrated educational environment designed to ensure each student thrives to their best ability both in school and beyond.
Program Components
- Standards Based Curriculum
- Academics
- Community Experiences
 - Adaptive Living Skills
- Individualized Instruction
- Assistive Technology
- Structured Learning Environment
- Access to general education environments
- Team Instructional Approach
- Family Activities
Guiding Principles
  • All students can learn

  • Student outcomes are improved when structured teaching approaches are utilized

  • Consistency in the pattern of service delivery exists across classroom settings

  • Students are educated in a safe and healthy learning environment

  • The Geauga ACHIEVE classroom is effectively integrated into the general education program of the building

  • Instruction is standards-based with literacy and communication focus

  • Documentation and data collection requirements are completed with integrity
  • Classroom staff operates using a Transdisciplinary Model

  • Confidentiality of student information is maintained

  • Parents, as partners in the educational process, are afforded opportunities to become involved in program activities
Prevocational Training Programs
Huskie Hot Spot
Mrs. Brzozowski's classroom at Cardinal High School operates the Huskie Hot Spot coffee and cookie shop two afternoons per week. The remaining three afternoons are spent baking cookies and participating in other work related tasks. This prevocational training program allows qualified students to participate in school based work experiences aimed at teaching the necessary work skills, habits, and social skills for future employment. Students appropriate for this program are able to enroll for afternoon prevocational training only, or participate in the full day Geauga Achieve program which includes a standards based curriculum delivered through specialized instruction.
 
Cafe Achieve
In October 2013, Mrs. Swartzlander's class opened our second cookie and coffee shop which is located at West Geauga High School. Cafe Achieve replicates the goals of the Huskie Hot Spot, but is open for business M-F from 7:30-10:00 am in the cafeteria at West Geauga High School. Students appropriate for this program are able to enroll for afternoon prevocational training only, or participate in the full day Geauga Achieve program which includes a standards based curriculum delivered through specialized instruction.
 
Contacts
Robin Ludwig
Mobile: 440-754-0095
Program Director 
 
Carena Brittain 
Behavior Specialist 
 
Monica Chukayne
Timmons Elementary Intervention Specialist
 
Emily Swartzlander
emily.swartzlander@geaugaesc.org
West Geauga High School Intervention Specialist
 
Rachel Kustron
rachel.kustron@geaguaesc.org
West Geauga Middle School Intervention Specialist
 
Christy Vondracek
christy.vondracek@geaugaesc.org
Lindsey Elementary School Intervention Specialist
 
Ashley Brzozowski
Cardinal High School School Intervention Specialist 
 
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470 Center Street Building 2 Chardon, Ohio 44024 | Phone 440-279-1700 | Fax 440-286-7106
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