Degrees and Certifications:
Pennsylvania State University - B.S. in Rehabilitative Services Education with High Distinction
Eastern University - Post Graduate Special Education and Elementary Education
Mr. Jeff Kerchner
Thanks for visiting my web page! I am excited to begin my 6th year at the Pottsgrove School District! Here's a little bit about me...
My wife Becki and I live in Phoenixville with our 3 sons, a very old cat, and a 6 year old "rescue" dog that just joined our family. I enjoy simply being around my family; whether we are visiting grandparents, going out to eat, playing wiffle ball in the backyard, or trying to defeat my son in MarioKart. Music and songwriting have also been a big part of my life since I was very little, and if you walked past my house you just might hear me playing my guitar and singing. Growing up I became a big fan of the Philadelphia sports teams, and enjoyed playing baseball and tennis. Professionally, I always thought I'd wind up being some type of counselor, but I really just wanted to help people and wasn't sure exactly what that would look like as a career. I went to Penn State University and decided to major in Rehabilitation Services Education and minor in Psychology. Following graduation, I worked as a Therapeutic Support Staff at HELP Counseling in West Chester. I left there the following Fall to take a position at an inner city Drug and Alcohol Facility as the Education Supervisor. I worked with about 20 men ages 16 to 60, and delivered a lot of literacy instruction as well as counseling services. After a year, I was promoted to the Head Counseling position, and worked in that role for another year before moving on to work at an Approved Private School for students with Severe Emotional Disorders. I worked there for just over two years as a classroom aide before going to graduate school at Eastern University to get my teaching certifications in Special Education and Elementary Education. I worked for over 9 years as a classroom teacher, and the last several years that I taught there had classes that contained students who fell on the Autistic Spectrum combined with students with Severe Emotional Disorders. While it was be challenging, I began to enjoy working with the students who were diagnosed with Autism. I did some intensive training with the Timothy School to learn more, and attended the National Autism Conferences that were held over the Summer at Penn State University. I was told about the chance to work in Pottsgrove School District as an Autistic Support Teacher, and though I wasn't sure that I wanted to leave my current school, I decided to apply. In 2009, I accepted the position as the first Autistic Support Teacher in Pottsgrove, and worked with High School and Middle School students. While I missed my old school, the students and staff at Pottsgrove were so welcoming, and I have had the privilege to work with so many wonderful students, families, and teachers within our district. During my first year working in this role, one of my own son's was diagnosed with Autism. I have learned so much about supporting students with Autism from my students, their parents, and from my own son. My teaching responsibilities change a little every year, as I try to adjust our program depending on the needs of my students. I truly love my job and love working in this district.