MS.Ed., School Leadership, Manhattan College
PD, Guidance and Counseling, Fordham University
MS, Special Education, College of New Rochelle
BS, Education/Sociology, SUNY New Paltz
82 President Street
Phone: (914) 633-2518
Fax: (914) 637-2752
Catherine Salch began her career as a special education teacher with Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES after receiving her bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz, and her master’s degree in Learning and Language Disorders from The College of New Rochelle. For 13 years, she taught middle and high school students who were primarily classified as learning and/or emotionally disabled. Salch then attended Fordham University, where she earned a PD in guidance and counseling, and joined Yonkers Public Schools as a guidance counselor to develop an alternative high school program for students at risk of dropping or failing out of school. After 15 years as a high school guidance counselor, she received a master’s degree in School Leadership from Manhattan College, and was appointed assistant director of special education for Yonkers Public Schools. Salch retired from the district in 2014 and came to Iona as director of the Gaels Rice program in September 2014.
Gaels Rice is a program designed to support special needs students who want the opportunity to have a fully integrated college experience. Students follow an individualized schedule that includes academic classes, internships, social skills training, and student life activities. Mentors and tutors provide academic and social support, as well as supervision, to all program participants. The goal of the program is to prepare students for transition toward academic and/or career readiness. For some participants, that may mean continuing at Iona as a matriculated student, while others may be ready to leave the program and pursue competitive employment or other educational options.