EPIC

Education. Partnership. Inclusion. Counseling.

Meaningful And Effective Student Support

Through our EPIC program, we are proud to offer Jacksonville students the support and care they need to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom. We’ve implemented this approach at both DuBow Preschool and Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, providing students with the help they need to learn, grow and move forward in their educations.

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Education

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Partnership

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Inclusion

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Counseling

EPIC is a program provided by Jewish Family and Community Services that integrates support services into your students’ classrooms. EPIC spans the full preschool-through-eighth-grade spectrum of needs from identifying young children who may be in need of early intervention to guiding students toward independence in preparation for high school.

How Does The EPIC Program Work?

We believe that students should be able to participate in their preferred school regardless of diagnoses or academic achievement. Some of the ways that we assist both parents and students at Galinsky Academy through this program include:

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Observations within the learning environment to pinpoint needs

Assistance in locating evaluation services

Opportunities for one-on-one or small group work with EPIC staff

One-on-one, small group or whole class counseling lessons

Monthly communication on student progress

Information on early intervention opportunities

Assistance when applying to high school

Referrals and information on outside therapies

Accommodations or drafting service plans

About Our Counselors

We believe that students should be able to participate in their preferred school regardless of diagnoses or academic achievement. Some of the ways that we assist both parents and students at Galinsky Academy through this program include:

Kristil Wilson Brown

Krystil Wilson Brown

My name is Krystil Wilson Brown and I currently have the pleasure of serving as the Exceptional Education Teacher through our EPIC program at Jewish Family Community Service. As a military dependent, I had the opportunity to live around the nation,  experience diverse cultures, and formulate lasting friendships along the way.   I was born and raised in Meridian, MS and will always be a southern girl at heart! I have had the experience of working with and teaching students of varying exceptionalities across all grade levels for over fifteen years.  I hold a Master’s Degree in Psychometrics, a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, and certifications in Exceptional Student Education, Visual Impairment, and Autism. I am passionate about ensuring educational relevance for all students with or without disabilities. By helping bridge, the gaps between parents, teachers, schools and communities while equipping them with the tools they need to support EVERY child’s right to be uniquely different. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband William Brown III and three daughters KayLIn, Katie Grace, and Eva Kate.

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Lauren Lodato

My name is Lauren Lodato and I am the supervisor of the EPIC program. I was born in Rochester, NY but have also lived in Indiana, Illinois, California, and Tennessee. After high school, I moved back to New York and attended The State University of New York at Buffalo. In 2013 I graduated with a degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences. After an internship in a school for children diagnosed with Autism and related disorders, I fell in love with education and especially the education of students with diverse needs. In 2015 I graduated from Canisius College (also in Buffalo) with a degree in Childhood and Special Education. After a particularly rough winter, I decided to leave the snow and cold behind for a job in Florida. I can honestly say these past 4 years have been the most wonderful and exciting yet! When the teaching day is done, I am lucky to go home to my fiancé, Charles, and two dogs. We love to go to dog parks, travel, and relax at Disney World.

Need more Information?

If you would like more information on EPIC and how it may benefit your student, please contact Lauren Lodato at LLodato@jfcsjax.org.

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