Teacher Aide II
A career in education seemed to be in his future, but Jason Sorg never thought about special education until he began working at Mary Cariola five years ago. “I just fell into it and haven’t left,” he said. “I figured out that this is where I am meant to be.”
Jason grew up in Penn Yan and graduated from SUNY Cortland. He finds that his job working with older students as a Behavior Therapist at the East Henrietta Campus is always interesting, and he laughs every day. He says the special bond that develops with the students is fulfilling and their progress is very rewarding, whether it is in leaps or baby steps. He loves interacting with the students who are “smart, intuitive, funny, and sarcastic.”
As part of his job, Jason accompanies the students on volunteer assignments in the community where they organize food shelves, help cook at a soup kitchen or deliver Meals on Wheels. He also goes along on activities like rock climbing and football outings. These experiences help the teens go where they have never been before and feel comfortable.
Jason also helps students with academics and the myriad of skills they will need for success in an adult program. Mainly it is helping them though their daily routine with generous amounts of coaching on how to navigate the glitches and work out the problems.
Another attractive part of the job is that Jason loves the people he works with and values the bond that develops among the staff who are setting these young adults up for success in the real world.