TK Academy Receives School of Excellence Award


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Danielle Bickelmann
Susie Lomelino
Michael Burns & Associates

CHICAGO (June 3, 2010) – Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, a leader in treatment for anorexia nervosa, bulimia, compulsive overeating and binge eating disorders for women 12 and older, has been honored as a 2010-2011 National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) School of Excellence for its on campus school, TK Academy.

The highest level of recognition a private special education school can achieve through NASET, the award is presented to private special education schools that meet rigorous professional criteria and have demonstrated exceptional dedication, commitment and achievement in the field of special education. This recognition is awarded annually, with 52 schools across the U.S. receiving the honor for the 2010-2011 school year.

The academic program at TK Academy is imbedded in the overall treatment and recovery plan for the residents at Timberline Knolls. “Timberline Knolls has worked hard to ensure the highest level of academic excellence, bringing in experienced professionals and making TK Academy an integral part of recovery for these young women,” said Carolyn Finazzo, M.Ed, C.A.S, and Principal at TK Academy. “Our goal is that the residents at Timberline Knolls have the opportunity to maintain – even excel – in their educational goals while healing themselves; and this award is a testament to that.”

Through a comprehensive, integrated approach that includes primary and group therapy, Timberline Knolls addresses residents’ clinical needs while continuing to ensure academic growth so residents do not fall behind in school, which could become a new source of anxiety upon discharge.

TK Academy is an Illinois State Board of Education-approved school that provides students the opportunity for six-and-a-half hours a day of educational and therapeutic services, allowing them to receive individualized, results-oriented educational support, and allowing a continuation of classes while seeking treatment.

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center is located on 43 beautiful acres just outside Chicago, offering a nurturing environment of recovery for women ages 12 and older struggling to overcome eating disorderssubstance abuse, mood disorders and co-occurring disorders. By serving with uncompromising care, relentless compassion and an unconditional joyful spirit, we help our residents help themselves in their recovery. For more information, call 877.257.9612.