Cherokee Creek Founder Beth Black Now a Gurian Institute Certified Trainer

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Cherokee Creek, a therapeutic boarding school for boys ages 11-15, is dedicated to creating learning and living environments where the gifts of boys are celebrated.

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Raising and educating children in our current culture is difficult, at best. I look forward to speaking with parents, community leaders and educators about the many hopeful messages offered by Michael Gurian and the Gurian Institute.

Cherokee Creek Boys School (CCBS), a therapeutic boarding school in South Carolina for boys ages 11-15, is pleased to announce that its founder, Beth Black, has continued her commitment to creating healthy learning environments by becoming a Certified Trainer for the Gurian Institute. Beth will train CCBS staff and families as CCBS strives to become recognized as a Gurian Model School.

Michel Gurian is the bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including Boys and Girls Learn Differently, A Fine Young Man and The Wonder of Boys. In 1996, Gurian founded the Gurian Institute, which conducts field research, launches pilot programs and trains professionals.

Beth is passionate about educating parents and educators about the different needs of boys both in the classroom and in the culture at large. That has been the vision since the founding of CCBS, that the school be a resource and place of education and training for all families—not only those families who have a son enrolled at Cherokee Creek, which is located in Upstate, S.C.

“I love middle school boys and I especially love their parents,” Beth said. “Raising and educating children in our current culture is difficult, at best. I look forward to speaking with parents, community leaders and educators about the many hopeful messages offered by Michael Gurian and the Gurian Institute.”

Beth says her life and career has been “an amazing journey,” one that began with studying elementary education in college. “But I got off track somewhere and ‘went corporate’ and became an adult educator with a career as a corporate trainer and seminar designer for Walt Disney World, owner of a marketing consulting firm, founder of a seminar company focused on women’s issues, and director of a nonprofit to fight drug abuse,” she said.

Although each of these jobs provided Beth with great insight and new skills, she said it was the challenge and anguish of raising a troubled son that has been her greatest education. “After years of searching, working with educators and mental health professionals, my son found success at a therapeutic boarding school, Beth said. “And, the skills I acquired through this arduous journey led me back to my early passion for working with children...and the founding of Cherokee Creek Boys School, a therapeutic boarding school for struggling middle school boys. We embrace the Gurian model of education for our boys and have great success with our single gender program.”

ABOUT CHEROKEE BOYS SCHOOL
Cherokee Creek Boys School is a therapeutic boarding school for middle-school boys, ages 11-15, located in Upstate S.C. The school’s mission is to, “Challenge boys and their families to discover what is real and true about themselves and the world around them.” School administrators and staff believe in the healing power of nature, that engaging the whole family is essential to the therapeutic process and in creating a learning and living environment where the gifts of boys are celebrated.

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