About Us

Chava Bodner, MS ed., SAS/SDA

Director

     A graduate of Education from the famed Rika Breuers Teacher’s Seminary and from Touro College, Mrs. Bodner has amassed over twenty years of knowledge and experience in the areas of Jewish Education, Early Childhood Education, and Special Education.
    Beginning her career as a very successful educator in the preschools of TAG and HANC, Mrs. Bodner recognized that enhancing her skills as a Special Educator would ultimately allow her to better service the community. She earned a Masters in Special Education and subsequently taught at the On Our Way learning Center. 
     She returned to school to pursue a degree in Educational Leadership and became the Educational Director of Included Educational Services. There she managed a program committed to a trandisciplinary approach to learning, and became proficient in all areas of special education administration.
    In 2012 Mrs. Bodner founded the Gesher Early Childhood Center, whose success is attributed to her focus on multi-sensory learning and her inter-disciplinary approach. Throughout her career she has built a solid network of highly qualified educators and providers with whom she collaborates and consults. She is trained in the Orton Gillingham based PAF model.
    Mrs. Bodner’s multi-dimensional experience has prepared her to successfully provide the highest quality service that fully supports her students academically and socially.

 

Dahlia Weiss, M.S. CCC-SLP TSHH/Bi

Director of Student Support

    Mrs. Weiss is a seasoned educator. She is a bilingual Hebrew speech-language pathologist and private practitioner with nearly 20 years of educational, therapeutic and supervisory experience.
    After receiving her M.S. she completed her TSHH (Teacher of Speech and Hearing Handicap) and bilingual certification, and conducted research on the theory and application of bilingual storytelling as it facilitates language acquisition with preschool children. She brings broad professional experience, having worked in a bilingual special education pre-school, in public and private schools, in private practice, and has provided home based early intervention services for children representing a wide variety of deficits. She has supervised and mentored graduate students, presented parent and staff workshops, and provided comprehensive monolingual and bilingual pediatric assessments and intervention.
    Additionally, Mrs. Weiss has received advanced training in oral motor/feeding therapy, sensory integration, behavior management and academic modification for children struggling with ASD, Anxiety, Executive Function difficulties, ADHD, and other attention deficits. She is a Certified IM (interactive metronome) Provider and is trained in PAF. Additionally, Mrs. Weiss is an ASHA S.T.E.P mentor, and continues to provide consultation services for parents, administrators, classroom teachers, and other healthcare professionals.