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The
Bristow Team

Experienced Mentors
for Your Children

Meet The Team

The Bristow Center is Family-owned, and all mentors are specially trained to help your child develop 21st century social skills

Jessica Colligan

Bristow Mentor

Passion

From the moment I started my career, I saw that education is so much more than teaching core reading, writing, and math skills but the much more important are the functional skills such as peer interactions, problem solving, and general life skills.  There is nothing better than watching the progress children make and seeing them generalize their skills outside of the classroom.  I saw immediately the impact a teacher has on development, and have pursued work over the last 10+ years in both private and public schools as a teacher, a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant, and now a Bristow Center Mentor!

Education / Experience

7+ yrs Certified Special & Disabilities Education Teacher

Kristi Diklich

Bristow Mentor

Passion
My passion has always been education and empowering children to be the best versions of themselves. Over the last 22 years, I've had the honor to focus my time primarily with special education children between pre-school and middle school, and I have been in education long enough to understand that it is not a lack of social skill development, but a lack of awareness in just how important understanding these skills are. Whether it's understanding our brains, developing social-emotional learning, or being able to take another's perspective,  these skills are truly fundamental in leading a happy and healthy life in today's world.  Working at the Bristow Center teaching social skills helps me also pursue my personal passion and I could not be more excited to be a part of this team.

Education / Experience
20+ yrs Certified Special Education Teacher

Kaitlyn Bird

Bristow Mentor

Passion

I love helping children learn and explore about themselves and their world around them. My passion is setting a firm social/emotional foundation for a child to help them grow and have greater success at home, at school, and in their everyday life. The Bristow Center has inspired me to now make this my permanent career path. I look forward to working with children to help make them the best, most happy versions of themselves!

Education / Experience

10+ yrs Certified Teacher

Stephanie Kurp

Bristow Mentor

Passion

Hi! My name is Stephanie and teaching social skills is a passion of mine. It is my mission to help your child learn how to form positive relationships, develop and read body language, communicate and share ideas effectively with others, and most importantly have fun while learning! I am a firm believer that the student-mentor connection will build your child’s motivation and engagement in all aspects of their life.

Education / Experience

7+ yrs Certified Special Education Teacher

Melissa Sucich

Bristow Mentor

Passion

I have worked with both special education children and general education students for the last 20+ years and I have seen firsthand the deficits in social skill functioning in children today as well as their importance.  Social Skills remediation will help kids be able to communicate more effectively, problem solve, make and keep friends, and more easily adapt to situations that are unfamiliar to them.  I love my job and I get a great sense of achievement from seeing the students that I work with develop and grow as individuals.  This is why I am so excited to be on the Mentor team at the Bristow Center so I can be a part of teaching these specific skill sets and have an even further positive impact on these children's futures.

Education / Experience

20+ yrs Certified Teacher

Danielle Kaczynski

Bristow Mentor

Passion

Working with children in a school setting has driven my passion for social skills education. I am personally 100% aligned with the Bristow Center's mission and truly believe that in order to best help children succeed in this world, we need to equip them with a strong set of social skills and tools early in life. I love working with children at the Bristow Center and helping them gain the confidence and social skills needed to thrive in their everyday life.

Education / Experience

6+ years Dual Certified Teacher | Special Education & Elementary

Jillian Borruso

Bristow Mentor

Passion

Jillian believes that social communication is a fundamentally important life skill that helps us connect and feel connected to one another. She has a passion for engaging younger children in meaningful learning activities by using their strengths to work on areas of need step-by-step and disguising this learning through play and fun experiences. In her free time, she practices yoga and teaches her dog new tricks, and she is excited to be a part of the Mentor team!

Education / Experience

Licensed Speech Language Pathlogist; Columbia University

Bi-lingual certification (Spanish / English)

Mentor Testimonials

Hear for yourself how our mentors are transforming lives.

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