Academic Tutoring 

Teresa Kucia
Learning Specialist

M.A. Special Education

Terri Kucia is a K-12 Certified Special Education educator who earned her degree in 1996 from the University of Saint Joseph. She did a yearlong internship as a Reading Specialist and took additional graduate classes in both reading and writing to advance her skills and knowledge. Before starting with Burke Therapy, Terri worked for The Hartford, New Britain and Newington public school districts.

 

Terri joined Burke Therapy in September 2015 as a way of continuing to fulfill her passion for working with children struggling to establish academic independence. Since starting in September, Terri's efforts and acknowledgements have not gone unrecognized.

 

Multiple families and local private and public school administrators celebrate her efforts by highlighting individual student growth patterns related to grade level increases, dismissal from RTI programming, and honor roll recognition. Terri has completed the VIRTUS training, a National Catholic requirement of the private Catholic School community. Burke Therapy is proud to be able to offer its families such an educated and compassionate professional.

Jennifer Thompson
Learning Specialist 
M.A. Education

After graduating from Massachusetts College with a degree in Biology, Trista has spent the last 10 plus years working one-on-one with students from kindergartner through college to improve their grades in all major subjects, including: Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, and more. In her experience, these subject areas are often portrayed as difficult and boring. Dedicated to empowering students with constructive feedback, practical test-taking strategies, time management and alternative learning strategies, Trista makes an effort to present math as something that can actually be fun. "I don't expect all kids to love it. But, my goal is that they can at least enjoy math enough that they don't hate it and can see how it will be used throughout their lives."

Trista Leonesio
Learning Specialist

B.S. Biology

Jennifer is a K-6, Certified Elementary School Teacher in both Connecticut and Massachusetts. Jennifer's passion for working with children, combined with her energetic personality, creates a positive learning environment for all her students and their families.

Jennifer brings to Burke Therapy a wide variety of experience providing high quality instruction utilizing research based interventions in the areas of mathematics and literacy. Through the use of these techniques, she is able to equip her students with the skills and tools needed for the learning experience to be ongoing and uninterrupted. Jennifer's s gift in identifying each individual student’s strengths and learning modality continues to make her top of her trade. We are so happy to have Jennifer as a part of our Academic Support Team. 

Marsha Adams
Support Specialist

M.S. Human Relations

If you or your child has been fortunate enough to work with Marsha, you will agree that her endearing spirit and love for children is infectious. Marsha brings 15 years of Paraprofessional experience to the Burke Therapy team. Throughout her tenure as a Paraprofessional, she has worked with a wide variety of children with various complex needs.

 

Marsha's true gifting is in her ability to motivate, support and implement specially designed programming under the guidance of certified professionals while working as a valuable part of each child's team of professionals and family members.  Marsha's experience includes working alongside both Occupational and Speech Therapy professionals supporting speech, language, behavior and sensory challenges commonly associated with mild disabilities such as Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD), Emotional Disturbance (ED), mild Intellectual Disabilities (ID), Asperger’s syndrome, Autism, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Marsha’s strengths in positive behavioral interventions, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) (specifically Discrete Trial Instruction), assistive technology, and feeding support make her a strong resource for the entire Burke Therapy team.

Jennifer  Bonnett
Learning Specialist 
M.S. Education

Jennifer is a CT Certified Educator who brings 15 years of field work experience as a Geologist and classroom educator to the Burke Therapy Academic Tutoring team. Over the last 4 years, Jennifer has worked at the American International College tutoring graduate and undergraduate students in a variety of subject areas including: Physical and Biological Sciences, English,  Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology, and specialty courses in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Health Science. We are so happy to have Jennifer as our newest member of the Academic Support Team. 

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