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The Marie Backus McGaughey Award for Childhood

Thank you, Molly Lieberman and Loop It Up Savannah, for your service!

The Marie Backus McGaughey Award for Childhood philanthropy was established in 2015 to honor one of Savannah’s important benefactors. Marie McGaughey has quietly contributed to our city for decades, supporting important institutions that range from health care to houses of worship. In the early years of operation, Mrs. McGaughey helped keep the Matthew Reardon Center afloat when it looked like we might have to close our doors. She has remained a staunch supporter of our mission, and this award honors those who, like her, are generous beyond measure to childhood causes. Full disclosure: Mrs. McGaughey bears the distinct honor of being Matthew Reardon’s grandmother!

This 2018 recipient of the Marie Backus McGaughey Award for Childhood Philanthropy is Molly Lieberman. Molly is a household name to many a young Savannahian. A Massachusetts native, who like many, found her way to our town by way of SCAD, has been described as an innate nurturer. While still a student, Molly made her foray into the Savannah non-profit world as coordinator of a creative after school art program at the West Broad Street YMCA. Out of this experience, her independent organization Loop it up Savannah was born. Loop it Up Savannah brings art to young children, but it is so much more than that. Through Loop it Up, Molly has nurtured, fed, clothed, soothed, educated, and provided refuge countless children. She has become a godmother to many. For her love, dedication, and ceaseless joy to provide for Savannah’s young community, we honor Molly Lieberman with the 2018 Marie Backus McGaughey Award.

Special Education Teacher

Currently accepting resumes for:

Job Description – Special Education Teacher

Reports to: Advance Academy School Director
Main Function: Directly supervise and administer classroom instruction for each student assigned to his/her classroom in The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism’s Advance Academy.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Confers with parents, administrators, testing specialists, therapists, and others to develop IEPs for students.
  • Prepares lessons and other instructional materials according to the achievement levels of students and the goals established by the IEPs. Lessons may focus on academic, social, daily-living, and vocational skills, along with other skills as appropriate.
  • Instructs students in academic subjects, utilizing Applied Behavior Analysis techniques, including discrete-trial teaching, activity schedules, and reinforcement systems.
  • Directly supervises classroom instruction for each student and other staff as assigned.
  • Coordinates all material with teaching team members.
  • Communicates with Center leadership (as needed) regarding the progress of students and continued development of curriculum.
  • Maintains daily observation notes, program data, and graphs of learning progression.
  • Maintains daily written communication with parents and participates in quarterly parent/teacher conferences, as needed.
  • Observes, evaluates, and prepares reports on progress for IEPs of students.
  • Develops and maintains classroom
  • Any other duties as assigned.

Organizational/Departmental Requirements:

  • Exhibition of good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Contribution to a positive work climate and to the overall team effort of the organization.
  • Adherence to all organizational policies and procedures.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to interpret guidelines and requirements
  • Ability to multitask and work within established deadlines
  • Punctuality and reliability

Experience, Education and Other Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Education or Special Education, or a related field preferred.
  • Georgia Teaching Certification preferred. Compliance with MRCA accreditation and GSNS standards must be met. If certified in another state, steps should be taken to obtain certification in Georgia.
  • Experience/training in educating children with Autism and/or other developmental disabilities preferred.
  • Experience with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) preferred

Please send resumes to Jack O’Connor, School Director,


Autism Training with SCCPSS Police Officers

On Tuesday, July 11th, MRCA’s Jack O’Connor presented a 2 hour Autism and Crisis Management training with Savannah Chatham County Public Schools Police.

Topics included the basics of autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, understanding the sensory needs of individuals on the spectrum, communication and related behavior, body language, and crisis management.

We hope to collaborate with SCCPSS again in the future.

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