Student Services

Gesu Catholic School is committed to serving all of our students’ learning needs throughout their academic journeys. We are able to provide students and families with a variety of additional services which are covered by state funding from Auxiliary Services. Additionally, Gesu Catholic School offers an Early Childhood intervention specialist who is able to give additional support to students in Kindergarten – Grade 3.  These services include both classroom interventions and small group instruction.

These services include:

  • Intensive Learning in Reading and Math
  • Language and Speech Pathology
  • Psychological Testing
  • Guidance Counseling, Group and Individual

Parents who would like to avail themselves of these services should speak directly with their child’s teacher who will help them initiate the process.

Intervention Specialist

Mrs. Melissa Hensel is an important member of the primary team.  She is available to assist the teachers with students who need help in a variety of areas.  She can provide reinforcement for

  • large/small motor skill development
  • learning to handle distractions and staying focused
  • organizing school supplies and being prepared for class
  • appropriate social interactions
  • small group phonics and math lessons
  • Orton-Gillingham structured reading program
  • Huddle Program-after school program which offers help with homework/assignments for students in grades 4-8.

For more information, please contact Mrs. Melissa Hensel about additional learning services provided at Gesu.

Intensive Learning Services

The Intensive Learning program offers help and assistance to many Gesu students throughout the school year.  The goal of the program is to increase academic skill and self-confidence so that students grow as learners. The teachers in this program are in daily contact with the classroom teachers to communicate about the needs and progress of each child. Instruction is done in a small group setting, although occasionally it is handled individually.

The program, directed by Mrs. Maria Pozzuto and Mrs. Lee Liebenauer extends a variety of services to students and their families.  Some of these include:

  • extra preparation for upcoming tests
  • daily instruction in Reading and Math basics
  • troubleshooting for understanding within a junior high math class
  • assistance with organization/time management throughout the year

More than one hundred and twenty Gesu students are serviced each year, some for a brief period of time and others for ongoing support. The teachers have their offices in the Gesu Mobile Unit.  The phone number for the Mobile Unit is 216.321.4910.

For more information, please contact Mrs. Maria Pozzuto and Mrs. Lee Liebenauer about additional learning services provided at Gesu.

Speech Services

Mrs. Kim Cahn, the Speech and Language Pathologist, helps students eliminate articulation errors and increase communication skills.  She works three days a week at Gesu with individual students and small groups.

Frequently she works in conjunction with the classroom teachers, the Principal, and the Intensive Learning staff to coordinate a learning plan for each child.   Her work also includes initial screening of students in the early grades.

For more information, please contact Mrs. Kim Cahn about additional learning services provided at Gesu.