Meet the Team

Dr. Amy Szarkowski

Dr. Amy Szarkowski

Dr. Szarkowski is the Director of The Institute and The Clinic at the Children’s Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf (CCCBSD). Prior to joining CCCBSD in 2018, she was a staff psychologist in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Szarkowski brings to CCCBSD her experience as a licensed psychologist with over 15 years of experience providing direct services to children who are deaf, hard of hearing, and/or have other complex needs. She recognized a need for connecting the exemplary services and expertise of CCCBSD to the wider community, which led to the founding of The Institute and The Clinic.

At The Clinic at CCCBSD, Dr. Szarkowski conducts psychological/neuropsychological assessments and provides guidance and support to families to address their child’s needs. She consults with and offers training to schools, districts, and organizations across a variety of clinic-related topics. Dr. Szarkowski utilizes English as her first language, and ASL as her second.

Dr. Sarah Brandt

Dr. Sarah Brandt

A licensed Teacher of the Deaf, Dr. Brandt has been affiliated with the Children’s Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf since 2006. Her experiences as a classroom teacher and early intervention service provider ignited a passion for exploring how technology and educational media can support learners with exceptionalities. Dr. Brandt earned her doctorate in Educational Technology while continuing her work at CCCBSD as a Media Specialist and Curriculum Coordinator. Along with Dr. Szarkowski, Dr. Brandt helped establish The Institute and The Clinic at CCCBSD in 2019.

In her work at The Clinic, Dr. Brandt performs educational and Teacher of the Deaf assessments with students of all ages. She also consults with families, schools, districts, and organizations to provide student- or topic- specific guidance and training. Dr. Brandt is fluent in English as a first language and ASL as a second language.

Kristina Gulati

Kristina Gulati

Kristina Gulati has been a speech-language pathologist at the Children’s Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf since 2006, and has worked as the Director of the Speech-Language Pathology department since 2014. She has experience working with children and adults who have autism spectrum disorders, developmental disorders, hearing loss, and complex communication needs. Ms. Gulati has implemented a variety of low- and high-tech augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems. She supports families with young children with and without hearing loss through her consultation at the Parent-Infant Program, which provides early intervention.

In her work at the Clinic, Ms. Gulati performs speech-language/communication and AAC assessments, and provides therapy with students of all ages. She consults with families and educational teams to provide techniques and training to maximize individuals’ communication skills. Ms. Gulati is fluent in English as a first language and ASL as a second language.

Serena Yure

Serena Yure

Serena Yure has been a speech-language pathologist at the Children’s Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf since 2012. Ms. Yure works with students who are deaf, hard of hearing, or hearing with a variety of communication needs and diagnoses including autism spectrum disorders and developmental disorders. She supports students who use a variety of communication modes including American Sign Language (ASL), spoken English, and low tech and high tech augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems. Ms. Yure provides consultation to families and classroom staff on modeling language and providing hands-on meaningful language opportunities. She supports families with young children with and without hearing loss through her consultation at the Parent-Infant Program, which provides early intervention.

In her work at The Clinic, Ms. Yure performs speech-language/communication and AAC assessments, and provides therapy with students of all ages. Her intervention includes consultation to and collaboration with families and educational teams to promote learning and generalization. Ms. Yure is fluent in English as a first language and ASL as a second language.

Erika Majeskey

Erika Majeskey

Erika Majeskey has been affiliated with the Children’s Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf since 2011. Her experience as a special educator kindled passion to support students with challenging behaviors. Following this interest, Ms. Majeskey became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2016. She now works as a Clinical Coordinator, supporting professionals as well as deaf and hard of hearing students. This includes behavior and academic assessment, academic programming that supports the individualized education program (IEP), and the creation and maintenance of comprehensive behavior plans.

In her work at The Clinic, Ms. Majeskey works with individuals with and without hearing loss to help determine the function of a specific behavior that may be impeding the academic growth of an individual. She offers functional behavior assessments (FBA), and other measures of behavior and daily living skills. She is a native user of both American Sign Language (ASL) and English.

Maddy Rynne

Maddy Rynne

A licensed Teacher of the Deaf and Reading Specialist, Maddy Rynne has worked at the Children’s Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf since 2018. As a classroom teacher, she has worked with both typically developing deaf students as well as those with disabilities. Ms. Rynne develops and implements language and literacy plans for students who use American Sign Language (ASL), spoken English, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices. She provides training on literacy in deaf education for teachers and related service providers.

In her work at The Clinic, Ms. Rynne performs reading and literacy assessments and offers reading tutoring for deaf, hard of hearing and hearing students ages 3-22. She consults with families, educational teams, schools, and districts to offer targeted planning and training to develop students’ literacy skills. Ms. Rynne is fluent in English as a first language and ASL as a second language.