Judy Gerich’s passion is education. She loves to work with and on behalf of students. She is the new academic coordinator for CIP Berkshire. In the summer of 2016, she and her animals relocated to the Berkshires from the Buffalo area, where she had always lived. She looks forward to all of the changes that will accompany her move and her new position. Since 2012, she has worked at CIP Amherst: first as the career coordinator, and then as the admissions coordinator. In all of her work with students, she strives to get to know each student’s strengths, challenges, aspirations and learning style. What motivates her is a love of learning, a passion for teaching and making a difference, a desire for equity and equality, and a fascination with how people think and learn.
Judy taught history classes to 7th and 8th graders at an independent school in Buffalo for many years, where she was an academic advisor, girls basketball coach, assistant drama director, and outdoor education leader. She has also taught in two public high schools and at two colleges. She earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and teaching certification from the State University of NY at Buffalo.
Judy has an active private tutoring practice for students with various learning styles. She has offered engaging presentations at many conferences on behalf of CIP, including NYSACAC, HECA and PACAC. She loves animals, including the charming family Wheaten and three idiosyncratic cats that live with her family. She loves to read, watch films, hike, dance, travel, listen to music, camp and kayak. Judy is the proud mom of a daughter who spent the past year teaching in Madrid, and who will be an assistant teacher and learning specialist in Poughkeepsie this year.
Judy knows the difference that a great education in a progressive, nurturing environment can make; she is very excited to begin to work with students at CIP Berkshire to help them to work toward their goals.