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Faculty & Staff

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Susan Braccia

Susan Braccia

Middle School & Upper School Art
Kathy Brandon

Kathy Brandon

Middle School Writing and Wilson Reading Teacher
Mark Brandon

Mark Brandon

Upper School History
JoAnn Brenner

JoAnn Brenner

Middle School Wilson Reading Teacher
Jeffrey Brody

Jeffrey Brody

Associate Director of Institutional Advancement
Mike Brooks

Mike Brooks

Director of Athletics, Middle School Dean of Students

AIM in the News

AIMing High - Suburban Life - September 2018

Suburban Life's cover article "AIMing High" focuses on the vital partnerships, cutting-edge research and immersive curriculum that help students with learning differences "bring their passions to life."

Map of Haskins Global Hub Researchers

Haskins Laboratories, a Yale-affiliated research institute based in New Haven, Conn., has launched a new collaboration in its efforts to improve language and literacy outcomes for children at risk for reading difficulties worldwide. Haskins has identified AIM Academy, a grade 1-12 school for children with language-based learning disabilities, and the AIM Institute for Learning & Research, as its first education partner. Through the collaboration with AIM, Haskins will work with educational researchers, service providers, and academic leaders to translate the growing body of research in the science of reading and language into early identification of and best practices in treating language-based reading problems.

Total Raised for World Bicycle Relief

AIM Academy recently wrapped up its World Bicycle Relief service learning project – and raised an incredible $2,646 for The Power Of Bicycles!

The school, which also raised funds for WBR last year, started its project in November. This year, students in 1st through 5th grades used it as an opportunity to learn about Zambia and its culture, as well as WBR’s work there.

Through an “In Their Shoes” lesson, students studied members of Zambia’s Palabana community who had received Buffalo Bicycles. In addition to learning about their daily lives, the students witnessed the powerful impact of bicycles.

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AIM Institute's Deborah Lynam Joins Dyslexia Advocates in DC

AIM Institute for Learning & Research's Director of Partnerships and Engagement Deborah Lynam just returned from three days in Washington DC with dyslexia advocates from 17 states as part of the 5th annual Dyslexia Hill Day organized by Decoding Dyslexia parents. This three day gathering of families, professionals and policy-makers on Capitol Hill focused on discussing current trends and upcoming federal legislative efforts impacting individuals with dyslexia.


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Continuing Education Award for AIM Speech and Language Director

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month so it's fitting that we congratulate Erin DeVault, our Director of Speech and Language, on her recent award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Erin was recently granted an Award for Continuing Education (ACE) for her rigorous commitment continuing education in her field. ACE awards are provided to Speech-Language Pathologists who complete 7 ASHA continuing education units over a three-year period.
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AIM Academy Science Teacher Named Philadelphia Phillies Teacher All Star
AIM Academy Middle School Science Teacher Chrissy Mellon has been selected by the Philadelphia Phillies as one of their Top 10 Teacher All Stars for 2017. Mellon, who was nominated by an AIM parent, will be honored along with nine other Teacher All Stars in a pre-game ceremony prior to the Friday, May 5 Teacher Appreciation Night game. The nomination letter written by the parent of one of Mellon's current students highlights the focus and education the teacher herself undertook to find the best way to connect with a child with a specific hurdle that impeded being able to learn: "Chrissy Mellon embodies AIM Academy's vision - innovative teaching driven by fearless dedication in the teacher."
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Why AIM?

"I love the arts-based programs that students experience at AIM. Students are able to access the curriculum in a variety of ways that helps them make sense of abstract concepts. Through the arts, students are able to create fascinating projects, and learn the material in a way that stays with them."

Sonia Vosbikian - Lower School Teacher 

 

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