Scottsdale school dedicated to Arizona education idols

The Jones-Gordon School

Herzberg Education Services Inc., a growing Scottsdale business, announced on Jan. 25 the dedication of its private day school, The Jones-Gordon School, in honor of Dr. Clare B. Jones, a former chairperson of the Arizona Special Education Advisory Board; and Dr. Leonard Gordon, a former Arizona State University dean, professor and chairman.

Dr. Len Gordon

Dr. Len Gordon

Throughout 20 years of teaching, tutoring and special education consulting experience in the Phoenix Metropolitan area, Founder and CEO Dana Stempil Herzberg was time and again frustrated by the lack of appropriate education opportunities for high-potential students with specific learning differences, developmental learning differences, and those who are considered “twice-exceptional,” according to a press release.

In 2010, Ms. Herzberg began a private day school in Scottsdale, then called On-Track Academy, in order to fill the need for an education environment dedicated to these diverse learners.  This school, now called The Jones-Gordon School, fosters social, emotional and academic growth and helps students with learning disabilities in first through 12th grades shape their strengths, gifts and talents into advantages uniquely suited for problem solving and critical thinking.

“I believe the kids at our school are heroic; I wanted to recognize my heroes – Dr. Clare Jones and Dr. Len Gordon – by renaming the school in their honor,” stated Ms. Herzberg, in the release.

Diagnosed with learning disabilities in math and reading comprehension while in the fourth grade, Ms. Herzberg knows first-hand the

Dr. Clare Jones

Dr. Clare Jones

academic, social and emotional struggles that come with learning differently.

“My adviser, mentor and friend, Clare Jones gave me the confidence to be who I am today and I live my life by her most important principle: make sure that children know themselves for their strengths and not for their challenges,” stated Ms. Herzberg in the release. “The Jones-Gordon School embodies that most important aspect of what I learned from Clare—cultivating strengths.”

For more information on The Jones-Gordon School visit: http://www.jonesgordon.org.

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