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Academic Support

Who We Are

The Cushing Academy community as a whole recognizes the individual styles and needs of each student. Students participating in our Academic Support Program come from many different schools, states, and countries and have varied academic histories, learning styles, and educational needs. We are here to help students recognize their strengths and weaknesses and develop the tools and skills they need to meet the expectations established by the school, their families, and themselves.

Some Typical Challenges

Students who have non-mainstream learning styles may have had some academic difficulties in the past, often affecting their motivation and self-image. They generally experience problems in verbal areas, attention span, and organization, contributing to significant gaps in learning and as well as ineffective study habits and test anxiety. With this in mind, our department's three primary offerings -- Reading Skills, Math Skills and Academic Support -- provide students with concentrated, individualized instruction in small groups and 1:1 for Academic Coaching. Our goal is to equip students with skills and habits that will give them confidence and help them achieve academic success.

At Cushing

Students in our program develop stronger verbal reasoning, fluency in written language, and a wider spectrum of problem-solving skills. They learn to manipulate information derived from reading and other sources and incorporate it into works of their own creation as they write papers and prepare for oral presentations and exams. If needed, teachers will also assist students with their academic work, by helping with assignments, re-teaching basic language and math skills, and conferring on topics to be discussed in class.

Meet Our Learning Specialists

List of 6 members.

  • Kathleen  Haywood 

    Academic Support - Dept. Head
    Yale University - B.A.
    CUNY – Brooklyn College - M.A.
    CUNY – Hunter College - M.S.
  • Deborah Harmon 

    Academic Support Teacher
    Northeastern University - B.A., Ed.M.
    Springfield College - B.S.
  • Jessica Devin 

    Academic Support Teacher
    Bowdoin College - A.B.
    Harvard Graduate School of Education - Ed.M.
  • Shawn Gebhardt 

    Academic Support Teacher
    Maine College of Art - B.F.A.
    Salem State University - M.S.
  • Brad Caswell 

    Academic Support Teacher
    Hamilton College - B.A.
  • Jennifer Willis 

    Academic Support Teacher
    Davidson College - B.S.
    LaSalle University - M.A.
    University of Cincinnati - Ed.D.

Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.