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Ever since it was founded in 1971, the Berks County Intermediate Unit has been providing special education programs and services to school-age children in Berks County. In partnership with the county’s public and non-public schools, BCIU works to help students with special needs succeed in school and in adult life after graduation.
BCIU’s involvement in school-age special education is extensive and varied; it responds to the community’s need to care for a population of students who face a wide range of challenges. Classroom programs provide educational programming, such as autism support and preparation for independent living. BCIU’s special education professionals travel throughout the county to provide many related services, including audiological, psychological, sign language interpreting, and others.
Brian Hocking serves as program administrator of the Office of Early Childhood and Student Services, School-Age Student Services.
He came to the BCIU on January 5, 1995, after serving as a behavior management specialist (1990 through 1991) and special education teacher (1991 through 1995) for the Devereux Foundation. Mr. Hocking served as special education teacher, assistant to the principal, and dean of students from 1995 through 1997.
He has served in his current position since 1997.
Mr. Hocking earned a bachelor of science degree in special education from Millersville University and a master of education degree in special education from Penn State University. He also has Supervisory Certification in special education.
Sara George serves as the assistant program administrator for the Office of Early Childhood Student Services, School Age Student Services.
She began at BCIU on February 2, 2015, after serving as the special education coordinator and special education teacher for Behavioral Health Associates, an alternative education and behavioral health program. Since 2007, she has served as a regular education, special education teacher, and special education coordinator for students in early intervention through high school.
Mrs. George earned a dual bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from Bloomsburg University and a master’s degree in special education from Saint Joseph’s University. She also has her supervisory certification in special education from Penn State University.