As an education undergraduate at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, New York, Greg Gerkens concentrated on human relations and child studies and maintained a consistent presence on the dean’s list. After earning his bachelor of arts in elementary education and special education, he matriculated at Long Island University in Brentwood, New York, to obtain his master of science in literacy education. Greg Gerkens returned to academia later in his career to complete the English Language Learners ITI Program at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York, and obtain a certificate of advanced study in school building and school district leadership at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York.
Since 2013, Greg Gerkens has served as an assistant principal at the Eastern Suffolk Board of Cooperative Educational Services, a Centereach-based high school special education program that operates in conjunction with the New York state government’s Boards of Cooperative Educational Services. This position places Mr. Gerkens in charge of meeting the educational needs of 9th- through 12th-graders who have severe educational and behavioral challenges.