Work History

Work History

President and Founder

Gersh Academy

I am the founder and director of several schools and programs (from kindergarten to college) that address the needs of students with autism-spectrum disorders. I hire, supervise, and train staff and ensure the quality and consistency of our programs. I also represent our programs to the public. Executive oversight and hands-on leadership for of all of our schools and programs. I am recognized nationally for success in addressing the needs of children, teens, and young adults suffering from autism-spectrum disorders. I recently was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the nation's top businesspeople, receiving an Inc 5000 award and a British Airways Face to Face Award which included a trip to Dubai to research education opportunities there. I am pursuing ways to bring US quality special education services to other parts of the world--including the middle east, where special-needs children are often shunned or neglected. I am also the vice president and executive director for West Hills Day Camp, one of the premier traditional day camps on the East Coast.

Summary

In 1999, Kevin Gersh founded Gersh Academy to serve the educational and life skills training needs of children and adolescents diagnosed with neurobiological disorders—especially autism-spectrum disorders. Gersh Academy also accepts students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, Tourette syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and a variety of other issues. Diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia as a child, Kevin Gersh possesses an intimate understanding of the need for an institution devoted to the education of such students. Gersh Academy at Hauppauge serves students in middle and high school, while the Gersh Academy located in Glen Oaks, Queens, serves a school population including elementary, middle school, and high school grades. The Gersh Experience addresses the needs of post-secondary students in partnership with Daemen College and Erie Community College near Buffalo, New York. Kevin Gersh supervises staff at these institutions after hiring and training them. As founder and President, he also represents the face of Gersh Academy to the general public and has received recognition for his work. Inc. magazine honored Kevin Gersh on its 500/5000 list of top businesspersons in the United States, and British Airways also recognized him with its Face-to-Face Award, which enabled him to travel to Dubai to study educational opportunities for special needs children in the Middle East. Kevin Gersh belongs to the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and the Entrepreneurs' Organization, and he is active in the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). He has lectured to the Developmental Disabilities Institute on the subject of helping special needs students with their transition into the post-secondary educational system. He has made charitable donations to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. During his leisure time, Kevin Gersh enjoys scuba diving, rock climbing, water skiing, traveling overseas, and competing in polo. He regards The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children, by Dr. Ross Greene, as one of his favorite books. Kevin Gersh also loves the creative works of Shel Silverstein.

Interest

Competing in horse polo, snow ski, camping, scuba diving, water skiing, rock climbing, travel, international travel