About Our Pre-K/Kindergarten Coordinator
Lynda Berkowitz, MS, CED, LSLS Cert AVEd has been coordinator of the CID pre-k since August of 2004. She was named co-principal of the CID school in August of 2006.
Mrs. Berkowitz has more than 25 years experience in the field, starting as a teacher of the deaf at CID (ages 3–5 and 10–11). Later, she worked as a parent educator for the Ladue School District Parents As Teachers program. Along with her undergraduate degree in elementary education, she received highest university honors from the University of Illinois, Champaign. Later, she earned her master’s degree in deaf education from Washington University/CID, where she received an Antoinette Francis Dames Award for Outstanding Scholarship.
In the CID Family Center from 1997 to 2004, Ms. Berkowitz worked with families of newly diagnosed babies and toddlers and taught 2-year-olds beginning speech, language and listening skills. She also implemented a Parents As Teachers program, presented parenting lectures and led parent support groups. She holds Parents As Teachers certification and professional certification from the Council on Education of the Deaf. She is a certified Listening and Spoken Language specialist.
Mrs. Berkowitz serves on the faculty of the Washington University School of Medicine Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences (PACS). As an instructor in this CID at Washington University School of Medicine program, she helps guide and develop curricula for graduate students who will be future teachers of the deaf.
Mrs. Berkowitz has given presentations at the international conference of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She has written two Volta Voices magazine articles on helping young children who are deaf learn listening and spoken language. She co-presents the CID workshop, "Quality Preschool Programming for Children Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing."