On Wednesday, December 14, 2011 Dr. Kathleen Cashin, serving on the Board of Regents along with Dr. Robert Maher, Executive Director of St. Christopher’s Inc., a adolescent development organization visited Shema Kolainu Hear our Voices, a school and center for children with autism. Shema Kolainu was honored to have Dr. Cashin and Dr. Maher join them to tour the school, greet students and teachers as well as to share in her contagious excitement for the development of New York education.
Dr. Cashin was in turn inspired by the visit, saying Shema Kolainu was a wonderful school and expressed being moved and touched by the school’s endeavors, saying it was “God’s work.” In her meeting with Dr. Joshua Weinstein, CEO and Founder of Shema Kolainu, the two shared years of educational experiences in the public sector and discussed the goals of autism education. Dr. Weinstein thanked Dr. Cashin for her work and commitment to children with autism and other disabilities and commended her for her passion and dedication to further the “great work” of Shema Kolainu.
A Bay Ridge native and a product of the New York school system, Dr. Cashin has transformed some of the city’s most crime ridden and low test scoring schools with her steady determination and courage. She was first recognized for her work as Superintendent of Region 5 in 2003, her tactics of implementing a structured plan and sticking to it as yielded great results and won many praises. Dr. Cashin holds high standards to how curriculum is implemented and focuses especially on students writing abilities. Her election to the Board of Regents in early 2011 has continued to show her willpower that breaks boundaries and sews liaisons within the school system.
As Executive Director of St. Christopher’s, an organization dedicated to educating students in academic studies, social responsibility, character development and accountability, Dr. Maher says he is continued to be inspired by the way people work together to sustain positive environments. After 130 years St. Christopher’s keeps their motive, “to achieve the possible, we must attempt the impossible. To be all we can be, we must dream of being more” that everyone can learn by.
The visit proved to create a long lasting friendship between Dr. Cashin, Dr. Maher and Shema Kolainu in support of the mission of offering evidence-based education and therapy programs to children with special needs in a warm and nurturing environment to ensure that every child receives an equal opportunity to develop into a contributing member of society.