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Celebrating Inclusion – Honoring Mr. Noah

February we celebrate Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). This is an effort among numerous Jewish organizations and communities worldwide to raise awareness and foster inclusion of everyone. 2020 is the 12th annual observation of JDAIM and The Gordon School and The Tikvah Center are honored to be part of such an important effort. 

The next few blog posts will center around how The Gordon School and The Tikvah Center accomplish inclusion on our campus. This post is highlighting one of our staff members who, in addition to all he does during our school day to promote inclusion, founded an after school program centered around the integration of all students and learning how to succeed together. 

Noah Schalit, known to the students as Mr. Noah, has been part of The Gordon School family for a few years as an Academic Coach. He has extensive experience helping children with varied needs, contributing to his success with our students. As an Academic Coach, he provides support for all grades enrolled in The Tikvah Center. He primarily works to provide support to those students mainstreamed in the Day School. The support he provides is meaningful in both social and academic settings throughout the school day. This is seen by prompting participation in conversation and games with peers among many other things! Mr. Noah’s dedication extends beyond the school day into our enrichment after school programs where he saw the need for more inclusion opportunities. The Buddy Program started last semester and has been an amazing success! This inclusive group of students in the Day School and The Tikvah Center work together through cooperative games, learn skills for self-expression, and engage in other team-building exercises. This semester the after school group evolved to focusing on working together while playing various sports. The Buddy Program has created lasting friendships between peers!

His outgoing personality, friendly disposition, and kind heart are just a few reasons why the students love and respect him. Students say he is:

  • Funny – always making us laugh
  • Nice – helps all of us and gives us compliments
  • Athletic – enjoys playing sports with us during Physical Education especially football

Teachers describe him as reliable, always on time, dedicated, and upbeat. They say Mr. Noah…

  • dedicates all his energy- and he has lots of it- to make sure our kids feel loved and respected! He, in turn, is loved by all students and co-teachers, making inclusion look easy and fun! 
  • is always extremely helpful in assisting PE class!
  • is a great coworker and teacher.  He is always so open to helping in class. Whether it’s to grading papers, or taking the students to electives. Many of the days he stays with them and participates in the activities. He goes out of his way to make sure all students do well.  He often reviews homework or studies with the students in morning care. It is apparent he loves the students very much and loves working with them. The students and I appreciate all he does!
  • Oh! He is ALWAYS ON TIME! 

On February 11, 2020 at 6:30 pm, we continue our JDAIM celebration by welcoming Dr. Michael Alessandri, Executive Director from the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of Miami, for an interview and Q&A session.

Interested in joining The Gordon School community? Make an appointment to tour our school and learn more about our program via email at or via phone at 305.854.3282 ext 242.

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