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Important Advice for Polar Plunge Participants

An experienced education professional, Greg Gerkens has held positions like special education teacher and assistant principal. Outside of work, Greg Gerkens gives back to the community in several ways, including participating in the Polar Plunge, which benefits the Special Olympics. The Polar Plunge involves jumping into frigid water during the heart of winter to raise money for a meaningful cause. When preparing for the event, … Continue reading Important Advice for Polar Plunge Participants

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Three Tips for Novice Kite Flyers

From 2008 to 2013, Greg Gerkens worked as a special education science teacher for the Wyandanch Union Free School District, where he also acted as an athletic event supervisor, leadership team member, and coordinator of multiple school programs. Outside of his work life, Greg Gerkens enjoys spending time flying kites with his son. While it may look simple, launching a kite and keeping it airborne … Continue reading Three Tips for Novice Kite Flyers

Autism Speaks-Funded IBIS Links Brain Growth and Autism

  New York educator Greg Gerkens recently served as the assistant principal for a BOCES high school program for students with special needs. He has long maintained a passion for helping individuals in his community and is a volunteer New York State Emergency Medical Technician. Greg Gerkens also supports various charitable organizations, including Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks funds a number of research activities focused on … Continue reading Autism Speaks-Funded IBIS Links Brain Growth and Autism

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Early Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Greg Gerkens is a special education science teacher in Wyandanch, New York. He has also served as an assistant principal in Centereach. Outside of his work in education, Greg Gerkens supports a number of not-for-profit organizations, including Autism Speaks. According to Autism Speaks, one of the most important steps family members can take to help in its cause is to learn the early signs of … Continue reading Early Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder

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The New York Islanders’ Dynasty

Greg Gerkens works as a special education and science teacher in Wyandanch, New York. He has additional experience as an assistant principal at Eastern Suffolk High School in Centereach. In his free time, Greg Gerkens enjoys following a number of New York sports teams, including the New York Islanders. The New York Islanders joined the National Hockey League (NHL) as an expansion team ahead of … Continue reading The New York Islanders’ Dynasty

Autism Speaks Awards $105,000 to Improve Employment Access

  A graduate of Long Island University with a master of science in literacy education, Greg Gerkens has more than 10 years of experience in the field of education. Complementing his work in education, Greg Gerkens contributes to charitable organizations such as Autism Speaks. Dedicated to advancing research on autism spectrum disorder and providing solutions that improve the lives of those on the spectrum, Autism … Continue reading Autism Speaks Awards $105,000 to Improve Employment Access

Autism Speaks Looks Beyond “Finding a Cure” to Emphasizing Acceptance

Greg Gerkens is a special education administrator who has directed programs that assist youth in overcoming serious behavior management hurdles. Community-focused, Greg Gerkens supports charitable organizations such as Special Olympics and Autism Speaks. The latter nonprofit recently announced it would no longer include “seeking a cure” for the disorder as part of its mission statement. This change of emphasis reflects a realization within the scientific … Continue reading Autism Speaks Looks Beyond “Finding a Cure” to Emphasizing Acceptance