Judy Gerich has been the Academic Coordinator at CIP Berkshire since 2016. She began working for CIP in 2012, first as a Career Coordinator, and then as an Admissions Coordinator.
She earned all of her degrees at the University of Buffalo (UB), including a BA in Political Science and Women’s Studies/American Studies; an MA in Women’s Studies/American Studies; and a NYS Teaching Certificate in Social Studies Education, grades 7-12. In addition, she began teaching at UB while an undergraduate.
She taught history classes and served as an advisor and basketball coach for many years, including 20 years at the middle school level at an independent school where she wrote her own curricula, was the history department chair, was named to Who’s Who Among American Teachers, created a Diversity Committee, chaired a faculty development funding committee, and learned about multi-modal teaching to meet the needs of students possessing a variety of learning styles. In addition, Judy has taught at the high school and college level, and has worked for many years as a private tutor, most often with students on the autism spectrum and/or with learning differences.
Judy has presented at many regional and national conferences including NWSA, NETC, NYSACAC, HECA and PACAC. For several years, Judy was the board chair of the most racially and socioeconomically diverse ballet school in Upstate New York. She has ushered for the Buffalo Philharmonic and Jacob’s Pillow.
She loves basketball as much as she loves dance and music. Judy is the proud mother of a daughter who earned an MFA from Sarah Lawrence, and is currently employed by the University of Pennsylvania as a pension research council program coordinator. Judy is an avid kayaker, film watcher, hiker, reader, traveler, and diehard Shonda Rhimes fan. She lives with several charming animals, including Luka Oatcake, a rescue terrier mix, and two idiosyncratic cats.