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Empower Adds New Director of Education

 (Niagara Falls, NY) - Empower, a non-profit human services organization supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Western New York, has hired Rebecca Rush as the new Director of Education. In this role, Rebecca will oversee all operations and curriculum at our integrated preschool in Niagara Falls, New York. 

“I am ecstatic to bring my experience and passion to Empower’s Children’s Academy, a place where I have already witnessed the dedication and enthusiasm of the staff and the vibrant spirit of the students,” Rush said. “Together, we will continue to advocate for and support our students with diverse learning needs, ensuring that they receive the highest quality education and care.”

“We are thrilled to add a dynamic and experienced leader to our school,” Empower CEO Diane Baehre said. “Rebecca has a track record of working to improve student outcomes, enhancing student and teacher experiences, and effectively leading school operations. As Empower continues to grow and with new opportunities on the horizon, Rebecca is the right person to lead our school, help our students reach their full potential, and ensure we exceed our strategic goals.” 

Empower operates an integrated pre-school in Niagara Falls, NY that provides full special education services to children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and also provides physical, occupational, and speech therapies. Rebecca Rush joined Empower in May of 2024. She is a native of Buffalo, NY and has dual master’s degree in childhood education and special education, as well as a degree in Education Administration. Rebecca has previously worked as special education teacher and coordinator in Brooklyn, New York and she most recently served as the Director of Special Education at the Buffalo Collegiate Charter School. 


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