A thriving educational support center, the Gardner Center (formerly named the Brisson Center) has been renamed in honor of Mrs. Susan Gardner, who retired in 2020. Susan Gardner was a trailblazer at Salesianum: She was the first female department chair and female administrator, pushing the school to become a better and more equitable place. In an era when students with learning differences were quickly dispatched as lazy or careless, Susan pushed the Salesianum administration to recognize their challenges and work to support them instead. This gave birth to the Brisson Center, which she created and has provided vital support to thousands of students and is unquestionably instrumental in supporting their academic success.
Countless Catholic and independent schools in the area have learned about our model from Mrs. Gardner and have worked to replicate it in their schools. In this way, Susan’s contributions extend well beyond our campus. Since the fall of 2009, the Center and its caring staff have positively impacted students and have well-positioned them for future academic success.
Students are registered to receive Gardner Center services for one full year. Fees may be incurred based on the level of support a student requires.