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NEW STAFF – A mix of new and familiar faces have joined The School of Bright Promise with Brenna Johnson, up front, as the intervention specialist. At the back are Sara Wright, a board-certified behavior analyst; Mandy Thomas, Intervention Specialist; and Jodie Braswell, occupational therapist. — Contributed

STEUBENVILLE – A mixture of new and familiar faces are on staff at Bright Promise School as four members have joined the establishment.

Sara Wright is now on board as a board-certified behavior analyst with Jodie Braswell as an occupational therapist and Brenna Johnson and Mandy Thomas as intervention specialists on the main wing. They all began service in August and are excited to be part of the Jefferson County Board of Developmental Disabilities school and community.

Wright, who is the first BCBA involved with the school and the JCBDD, received her undergraduate degree in psychology and neuroscience from The Ohio State University and her master’s degree in applied behavior analysis from the University of Cincinnati, in addition to have completed an internship at the Haugland Learning Center. to Columbus. She then worked at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Steubenville Catholic Central High School.

She said there was a need for more support in the behavioral area and that she is meeting the needs of students and adult residents of Shaffer Plaza apartments.

“I work with children at school and at Shaffer Plaza and help with behavioral supports. I provide positive supports and work with staff and clients. I love it,” she says. ” It was great. I work quite closely with the teachers and staff here.

Braswell returned to her local roots after traveling the country as an occupational therapist. She has spent the past eight years working with the Delaware Autism Program in Wilmington, Del., and is thrilled to be back in the area. She got her start while attending Wheeling Central Catholic High School and volunteered in the Occupational Therapy Department at Wheeling Hospital at the suggestion of her mother, who is a nurse. She eventually graduated from West Virginia University and earned a master’s degree in occupational therapy, after which she served as a traveling occupational therapist and worked primarily with geriatric centers and hospitals from Florida to Washington State. .

Her current position involves assisting students with fine motor and visual skills as well as self-care and sensory processes. Braswell said she looks forward to her new career.

“Everyone was welcoming and helpful” she says.

Johnson is a transplant from the Hancock County School System and earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in special education from West Liberty University. She taught at Weirton Elementary for four years and is currently pursuing her Masters in Special Education with plans to graduate in December. It focuses on K-2 students at Bright Promise.

Like the others, she was happy to be part of the JCBDD school community.

“It was really wonderful. Everyone was super friendly and helpful. Johnson continued. “I love all the students and it’s a really friendly and rewarding work environment.”

Meanwhile, Thomas returns to a new role as a second- and third-grade teacher after serving the school as a substitute. She started as an assistant last fall and has also worked as a substitute teacher. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bethany College and her master’s degree in counseling from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is now pursuing her alternative resident educator license. She has a child in school and has enjoyed working on the site.

“I was here and I loved working with children. I felt like home,” said Thomas. “I love it here. It’s my happy place.

Georgia Pavlic-Roseberry, director of children’s services, welcomed the new additions and said they would greatly benefit the JCBDD and the school’s 66 students.

“We are happy to have (Wright) here. We definitely need support for behaviors. His wisdom is amazing and gives our children a better opportunity,” said Pavlic-Roseberry.

Her praise extended to Braswell, which she was delighted to have on board.

“His experience, especially in the area of ​​sensory needs, was vital”, she added.

Speaking of Johnson and Thomas, Pavlic-Roseberry noted that the new intervention specialists were assets to the school system.

“(Johnson) does a fantastic job in the classroom for our students and we are happy to have him here,” she commented. “(Thomas) was an assistant last year and she is getting her alternative licence. She fits in perfectly and is fantastic.



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