Director Jamie Levine’s decision to make this her life’s work was empowered by the “voice of a child,” stemming from many years of academic struggle and a late diagnosis with ADHD at the age of 20 while attending Boston University.
Levine received her Master of Science in Special Education from Fordham University in 2001 and since then has had extensive experience working with children struggling with social, emotional and behavioral challenges, speech and language delays and sensory needs. Jamie began her teaching career in Manhattan at The Gillen Brewer School and The Parkside School.
The Team Esteem™ concept was conceived in 2005, during a conversation Jamie had with one of her student’s psychiatrists. The conversation involved the frequent frustration which manifests between a child’s many service providers, parents and educators. This disconnect often creates inefficiency, confusion, and an overall barrier towards a child’s progression.
School directors came to recognize Jamie as an expert and an advisor who could handle the most challenging cases in and out of the classroom; opening lines of communications for all and raising the educational bar.
Team Esteem™ launched in 2009 and the curriculum has evolved from Jamie working as a 1:1 teacher to training, placing and managing other Team Esteem™ teachers, SEITS, paras and aids. Due to the lack of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum, school administrators wanted Professional and Parent Development Workshops in the Team Esteem™ Approach. Today, our program has evolved into an even better, more comprehensive hands on practical program, allowing even more students to realize their greater potential.