Department of Support Services: Academic, Social-Emotional, and Physical Health Support

Sewickley Academy enrolls a diverse student body with a variety of backgrounds, skills, talents and interests. Recognizing that students develop, learn, and grow in a variety of ways, the Academy is committed to working with teachers and parents to help children understand their unique personalities and learning profiles. Parents are valued “partners in education” and are consulted and closely involved in individualized planning on behalf of each child’s personal and academic success.
 
The Support Services team coordinates with faculty and families to ensure that every child has both an academically and socially enriching experience Pre-K through Grade 12. Consultation and services are available in the areas of learning (reading, speech/language, and executive functioning skills), counseling and health. The Academy provides direct support to students through one-to-one and/or small group sessions, as well as classroom-based facilitations in coordination with faculty to help identify and support students’ personal and academic strengths.

Teachers and Advisors
Teachers and advisors offer the first line of support to each student Pre-K through Grade 12.  Our low student to teacher ratio allows for differentiated instruction and individualized attention designed to meet the needs of our students. When observations prompting concern related to the academic, social/emotional, or physical well-being of a student occurs, teachers implement different approaches or strategies independently or in collaboration with colleagues and or the student’s family.
 
Director of Support Services
Dr. Christine Herring is the Director of Support Services. She is available to consult with students, faculty, and families. Any temporary or long-standing diagnostic information having an impact on a student’s learning needs to be shared with Dr. Herring (e.g., a learning disability, mental or physical health challenge) so that she can in collaboration with teachers determine necessary action plans or strategies to assist the student.
 
Support Service Team
Each division has a Support Service team to facilitate comprehensive student support. The Support Service team meets weekly to analyze student-centered concerns and ensures that the needs of students are addressed in a timely and meaningful manner, while respecting confidentiality and “need to know” guidelines. 

List of 6 members.

  • Photo of Christine Herring

    Christine Herring 

    Director of Support Services
    University of Pittsburgh - Ed.D.
    University of Pittsburgh - M.S.
  • Photo of Lynn Sanborne

    Lynn Sanborne 

    School Counselor
    Harvard University - B.A.
    Bryn Mawr College - M.S.W.
  • Photo of Leslie Levine-James

    Leslie Levine-James 

    Learning Specialist
    Lesley College - B.S.
    University of Pittsburgh - M.A.
  • Photo of Sally Weir

    Sally Weir 

    Lower School Reading Specialist
    University of Akron - B.S.
    Slippery Rock University - M.Ed.
  • Photo of Beth Brown

    Beth Brown 

    School Nurse
    Carlow University - RN, B.S.N.
  • Photo of Douglas Jones

    Douglas Jones 

    Consulting Psychologist
    Michigan State University - B.S.
    Duquesne University - M.A.
    Duquesne University - Ph.D.

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