The Emilie Roy Pazdan Endowment Fund

At CCES there is a strong commitment to supporting and challenging all students, and meeting each and every student where they are. Nowhere is that more evident than in the Achievement Center (AC). The AC offers a wide array of services designed to meet the myriad needs of students in grades primer through twelfth. The AC Director and our six Learning Specialists collaborate closely with the Directors of the Lower, Middle and Upper School divisions to coordinate and deliver student support services.

The AC serves about 30% of our student body, contributing to elevated selfrespect, resilience, and self confidence. Through the AC each student is provided an opportunity to have equal access and level the playing field to explore all of the possibilities that CCES has to offer. In addition, after school, almost 50 students flood the AC for ACES to learn executive functioning skills, complete homework, and learn leadership habits.

Those who serve the AC are passionate about advocating for individualized student needs. The AC has been able to meet the needs of students with a variety of learning differences including Autism or Asperger’s, learning disabilities such as reading (Dyslexia), written expression (Dysgraphia) or mathematics (Dyscalculia), working memory or processing speed, ADHD: inattentive, hyperactive or combined types, anxiety, nonverbal learning disabilities, Central Auditory Processing Disorder, Convergent Vision Disorder, and selective mutism. “The creation of the AC has allowed us to broaden our services and has allowed our students to be able to write their own success stories before they head off to college,” Upper School Learning Specialist Lane Abrams, in her fifteenth year at CCES said. “By the time they have graduated from CCES our students are able to push themselves by choosing to participate in the IB/AP Program or take Honors Classes.”

John and Emilie Pazdan, parents to twins Mary Bradley and Susannah ‘15, and Sam ’19, generously endowed a major gift benefitting the Achievement Center (AC) this fall. The endowment, by nature of the AC, focuses on helping students gain the knowledge, preparation, insight, and skills needed for success in college and beyond. The gift supports a cause that is very near and dear to their hearts as the AC served their twin daughters Mary Bradley and Susannah.
“As a result of the education and learning support Mary Bradley and Susannah received at CCES, they went on to thrive at Furman, consistently making honor roll. In May, they will be graduating with honors. We are so proud of them and thankful to all who helped support them along the way,” said Emilie.

Quotes from Students:

“Directed Studies and all the services of the Achievement Center offered prepared me to take on the challenges of being a college student-athlete. I learned a lot in my four years at CCES but thanks to this program I learned how to study properly, manage my time, and advocate for myself. I am thankful for this program and all they did because I am now a successful college student majoring in Special Education where I hope to one day impact students the same way they impacted me!”

“Directed studies help me develop as a student. Allowing me to be able to understand the importance of developing one on one relationship with my professors. My CCES experience with learning support services has helped me to develop habits that I still use in college today.”

“Directed Studies and using the Achievement Center taught me a lot about how to advocate for myself and tell teachers what I needed from them to be successful. This skill translated into both my undergraduate and graduate program in making sure that I was receiving the help that I need. The Learning Specialists were also amazing resources and a guide for me throughout my CCES experience but especially my Upper School experience as I transition to Furman.”
Gifts/pledges to the Emilie Roy Pazdan Endowment Fund may be made through cash, stock, planned or deferred giving. For more information on making a gift to the Emilie Roy Pazdan Endowment Fund, please contact Jamie Inman, Assistant Head for Advancement, at 864.299.1522 ext. 1272.
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