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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]

February 10, 2011

Going the Distance for Clarke

February 10, 2011—Talk about going the extra mile. Dan Montero, a Clarke – Jacksonville alumni parent and member of Clarke’s Board of Trustees, ran 26.2 miles - to be exact- to benefit Clarke children.

“I have wanted to run a marathon for some time. I am always thinking of ways to promote Clarke Schools, so I made a few t-shirts with Clarke’s logo, created a Facebook Cause and here we are,” said Montero. The Disney Marathon took place Sunday, January 9th and attracted 53,000 runners from 60 countries.

Through his efforts, Montero raised over $2,000 for Clarke - Jacksonville, which will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a charitable foundation committed to furthering Clarke’s mission.

Montero’s son, Pierce, age 8, has a profound bilateral hearing loss, and uses bilateral cochlear implants to help him access sound.  Pierce has attended Clarke-Jacksonville since 2007, and he is preparing to enroll in his neighborhood school by September.

“I can't find the right words to describe what Clarke has done for our son, Pierce. Just listen to him talk - enough said. Clarke has taught him the fundamentals of speech and language which give him endless opportunities he did not previously have before receiving his cochlear implants and attending the Clarke School,” said Montero.

When asked what he would say to others to encourage them to support Clarke Schools, Montero responded, “I would say nothing.  I would let my son do the talking, and then I would remind anyone listening that he is deaf. I would also tell them that it does not come natural or easy. Countless hours of speech and language therapy and oral deaf instruction helped get us here. The talented staff at Clarke have spent numerous hours receiving specialized training in order to serve children like my son.  I am grateful to Clarke and to all the wonderful people who support this amazing organization.”