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Teacher in Residence

The International Teacher-in-Residence grant is a philanthropic award presented bi-annually to a professional from a country where training in the use of assistive technology (AT) and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is limited. This program furthers The Bridge School's mission of disseminating effective teaching and communication strategies to the global community by providing training and promoting skill development to an individual who is committed to disseminating what they have learned during their year-long residency when they return to their home country. We seek candidates who possess the appropriate education and background to serve children in special education settings, or to train teachers/therapists to work in these environments. The specialty training opportunity at The Bridge School enables the individual to return to their country and promote the use of AAC for children/adults who are currently being underserved.

The residency is presented in collaboration with the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC). ISAAC is an international nonprofit organization made up of professionals, families, manufacturers, researchers and consumers, whose goal is to improve the quality of life for people with complex communication needs. It does this through research, education, networking, and information dissemination.

2016-2017 Teacher in Residence, Carmen Valcu

Carmen Valcu

My name is Carmen Valcu, I'm from Bucharest, Romania and I have been a Special Needs Teacher since 2009, in a class formed by students with severe, profound, associated intellectual and communication impairments. I have also worked as a ABA therapist for a few years and as a Speech and Language Pathologist after graduating the Master in Language and Speech Therapy.

I worked with children who have special educational needs such as severe mental disabilities, autism, ADHD, Down syndrome, neuromotor impairments, behavioral difficulties; all of them had complex communicational needs that limited their day-by-day life.

Being the Teacher in Residence at The Bridge School is an amazing enriching experience, from which I already gained new skills in the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication, that will give me the appropriate strategies to maximize the potential of every child I interact with and to use new approaches in managing the communication difficulties of their everyday existence.