New DCIU Administrator: Hearing and Language Program

 Christy Hiergeist

The Delaware County Intermediate Unit (DCIU) Board of Directors, recently approved the appointment of Christy Hiergeist as the new Supervisor of Hearing and Language Programs and the Intensive Language/Learning Support Class at Springton Lake Middle School. Christy is completing her twentieth year working for the DCIU Hearing Program and in that time she has accomplished a great deal both in her career at the IU and in her educational pursuits. She is a complete professional who brings vast experience with children with disabilities to this new role. This will help enhance our alliances with partners, including school districts, agencies, medical communities, parents and staff.

A graduate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Christy was hired in September 2001 as a teacher of the deaf. She has worked with children/students with hearing loss from the age of identification through graduation from high school. She is currently an itinerant therapist who provides Auditory Verbal therapy in classroom-based programs and hearing support services in non-public schools.

While working for the IU, Christy received her Master of Science in Speech Pathology from La Salle University where she was the Academic Award winner for the class of 2005 and a scholarship recipient for La Salle University’s Speech-Language-Hearing Science Program’s Oral Deaf Scholar. She has pursued rigorous training to become a certified Auditory Verbal Therapist, which emphasizes teaching speech and language through listening. She has also been recognized by the DCIU for her Commitment to Excellence on the job.

Christy has presented at local, state and national forums on topics related to educating children with hearing loss, at the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Pennsylvania Council for Exceptional Children, ASHA, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Nemours AI DuPont Hospital, PATTAN informational Video, and the American Cochlear Implant Alliance in Washington, DC. She has also provided training for co-workers, both teachers of the deaf and speech pathologists, to become certified Auditory Verbal therapists.

Christy starts her new position on July 1.