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Professionalism and Inspiration

The “IT” Factor

All of our teachers are NYS certified professionals with extensive experience working with children of all levels. They utilize multiple modalities in all the lessons they present in order to accommodate each and every child’s preferred learning style. Licensed and certified related service professionals are also a part of our team, including speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, social workers, and mental health counselors.

Below is an overview of some of the key people that have been helping us make West Hills Academy what it is today.

Kimberly Doxey, M.A., CCC-SLP

Senior Director

Kimberly received her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Hofstra University. She also holds a New York State Teaching Certification for Students with Speech and Language Disabilities Prior to joining the Gersh Organization, Ms. Doxey worked in the special education field for the past 12 years in a variety of capacities. Her most recent role included a directorship of a special education department in a community center, where she designed and implemented social and recreational programs for children with special needs.

Emily Chen-De Jesus, M.S. ED.

Assistant Director

Emily Chen-De Jesus received her Master’s Degree in Special Education with a concentration in autism from Long Island University. She holds a dual teaching certification in Elementary General Education and Student with Disabilities from Marist College. Emily has over ten years of experience working in special education in a variety of capacities including teacher assistant, lead teacher, and most recently as the lead special education coordinator for a charter school. Through these positions, she was given the opportunity to work closely with families, guiding them through the special education process. She is passionate about establishing and maintaining a culture of acceptance, as well as fostering a strong school and home connection.

Bridget Moore

Therapeutic Coordinator

Bridget received her Masters of Arts in Social Work from Fordham University. She holds her New York State School Social Work Certification, as well as specialized training in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Virtus Training, and Mandated Reporting. During the summer season, Ms. Moore is the Division Leader of our related summer camp program, Gersh Academy at West Hills Day Camp. Prior to joining the Gersh Organization, Ms. Moore was a social work intern in a BOCES school program, where she co-facilitated socialization groups for students with developmental disabilities, mental health disorders, and co-occurring neurobiological disorders.

Meet the Team

We encourage you take a tour, visit an open house, or just give us a call if you would like to get a better feel for the culture at West Hills Academy. We are happy to assist you in any way that we can.



Joining our team means making a positive impact on the lives of children every day. If this is something that drives you, we would like to meet with you! Click the button below and attach your resume to get started. A career specialist will reach out to you with further details.

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Learn more about our programs, including our K-8, High School, Extended School Year, and Orton-Gillingham Reading Program.


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