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The Gillen Brewer School

 
We opened Gillen Brewer in rented church space in 1992 with one boy enrolled. Years later, we are a community of 84 children and an exceptionally talented staff of more than 50 professionals. From the start, our mission has been steadfast - making a difference one child at a time. We offer a nurturing environment and a talented team of specialists.
Address: New York, NY, 10128    
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The Gillen Brewer School
The Gillen Brewer School
A Mission of Excellence
In 1992, Laura Bilicic and Laurie DuBos, two special education teachers, founded The Gillen Brewer School. The inspiration for this founding was the overwhelming need for a school in New York City where the children with the most challenging and severe disabilities and their families would be welcomed, educated and supported. The founders firmly believed that a knowledgeable and informed family is invaluable to each child's overall education. In the spirit of this commitment to family, the school is named after the co-founders' grandmothers Mattie Gillen and Virginia Brewer.
Gillen Brewer strives to maintain a diverse population of children from all socio-economic backgrounds.
Our Community: A Family Affair
A hallmark of GBS is the breadth and depth of the school's family program which includes parents as partners, resources and advocates. Research continually indicates that early intervention is critical to students' success. This is true for the Gillen Brewer student body. Therefore, GBS, unlike most other schools, begins educating children at the young age of 2.7 years old. When it is appropriate, students can stay at Gillen Brewer until they are 10 years old. This helps to ensure that individuals and their families are served during each child's most formative, early childhood years.
Gillen Brewer's unwavering commitment to each Gillen Brewer family is a cornerstone of the program. School philosophy is founded on the belief that changing the life of a child can only be achieved through meeting the needs of the family as well. GBS's goal for parents is that they develop an understanding of their child and acquire the information and strategies with which to be his/her strongest and most supportive advocate. As both mentor and partner to parents, the school strives to provide a network of resources and to develop a collaborative relationship which fosters awareness and sensitivity and enhances the progress of each individual child.
In true Gillen Brewer spirit, every Gillen Brewer parent is a member of the school's Parents' Association. A group of 18 parent volunteers act as Class Representatives (2 for each class), providing significant services for Gillen Brewer including assistance with programmatic initiatives and fundraising activities. The Parents' Association is led by two co-chairs.
Our staff:
Gillen Brewer staff represents a wide range of backgrounds. The school seeks educators who bring a wealth of professional experiences and who value a team-teaching approach to education and intervention. Gillen Brewer's head of School, Donna Kennedy, has been with the school since its inception. Administrators are chosen for their strong knowledge in their fields, as well as their commitment to the mission and vision of the school.
Head teachers have completed or are pursuing Masters Degrees and are certified in Early Childhood and/or Elementary Special Education. Assistant teachers and paraprofessionals are chosen both for their experience and desire to pursue advanced educational degrees. Our 5 Speech/Language Pathologists, 5 Occupational Therapists, 4 Psychologists and one Social Worker are licensed and certified by the State of New York in their specific disciplines. The arts department is comprised of individuals active in their respective fields including music, art therapy, yoga, creative movement and physical education. Additionally, Gillen Brewer is committed to employing a staff that reflects the diversity of our surrounding community.

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410 East 92nd Street New York, NY, 10128

Website: The Gillen Brewer School  We opened Gillen Brewer in rented church space in 1992 with one boy enrolled.

 
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