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Former Clarke Employee Wins ASHA Editor's Award

November 14, 2017—The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) honored former Clarke employee Frank Iglehart with the Editor's Award for the American Journal of Audiology.[More]

Honoring Trustees for their Service and Welcoming a New Addition to the Board

November 13, 2017—Clarke is honored to recognize Kevin Franck, PhD, Sara Grosvenor and Sharon McCarthy as they close out their terms with Clarke's Board of Trustees this fall. Kevin, the brother of a Clarke Alumna, joined the Board in 2011; Sara, Founder and President of The Alexander...[More]

Clarke Staff and Alumni Collaborate on Educational eBook

November 5, 2017—Thanks to the contributions from Clarke staff, Smith/Clarke alumni and Clarke Board Members, we are pleased to announce that the eBook Preparing to Teach, Committing to Learn: An Introduction to Educating Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, is now available...[More]

The 38th Annual Conference on Mainstreaming Students with Hearing Loss Draws Hundreds of Professionals, Parents and Teens

November 1, 2017—Clarke Mainstream Services’ 38th Annual Conference on Mainstreaming Students with Hearing Loss was a great success, drawing hundreds of attendees, sponsors and exhibitors from across the country. This year’s event was especially significant, as Clarke Schools for...[More]

 
September 7, 2016

Jeana Novak M.A., LSLS Cert. AVEd.


September 7, 2016—When parents of young children who are newly diagnosed as deaf or hard of hearing first come to Clarke Philadelphia, their initial contact is often with Clarke’s Early Intervention Coordinator Jeana Novak M.A., LSLS Cert. AVEd. Kristen McCuen, whose two young sons receive Clarke services, recalled that “Jeana was the first person to welcome us as we walked through the door at Clarke. She knew the worrisome look on our faces and, before she even knew our family, she offered a hug and assured us that everything would be okay.”

Jeana has been at Clarke in Pennsylvania since its inception in 2001 and she is a beacon of expertise for all things related to the field of Early Intervention for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Countless parents in Pennsylvania have a “Jeana story;” Jeana by their side at the hospital during a cochlear implant procedure, or Jeana on the phone with them at nine o’clock at night on a Sunday. There is an overwhelming sentiment from families that, “we couldn’t have gotten through this without Jeana. “ And that is no understatement.

Clarke parent, Kristen, sums it up best: “Jeana's knowledge and caring personality has always helped to make our family feel at ease. Our children are able to thrive and be successful in the mainstream thanks to her guidance and hard work.”

Jeana works ceaselessly to ensure that parents know all that is possible for their children, collaborating with them to provide the best listening and spoken language strategies available. Jeana Novak is dedicated to helping children at Clarke learn to listen and talk. All of us at Clarke, from staff to many indebted families – too numerous to count – are grateful to her beyond measure.