Max and Chris finished a week-long SA training for our newbies last Friday. During lunches and dinners, I spoke with many of the teachers being trained and they all had wonderful things to say about SA, Chris, and Max. They also enjoyed working with each other throughout the week.
Just sending along a “way to go” to Max and Chris for doing a fantastic training worth so much to our new faculty and more to those of us already certified. This means we’re all on board with SA… again. Woo-hoo!
Among our faculty at Wasatch Academy (WA), we benefit from a common language learned through SA certification. This is a major advantage for our staff which enhances the already-embedded philosophy of wanting to collaboratively help our students achieve through learning.
Last week I spoke with Suzanne, one of our math teachers, who said she’s more excited for this, her second year at Wasatch, knowing how well everyone worked collaboratively last year. “We’re just going to add to what we did last year and make it even better,” Suzanne commented.
I agree. The SA shared lingo was a major part of the success among our faculty last year. This week Max and Chris are training newbies to WA in SA so new faculty and staff will be privy to our common language and philosophy as well. It should be a great year of collaboration thanks to SA.
When I arrived at Wasatch Academy (WA) last year, Max Roach trained I and all newbies in SA. What I found fascinating, as a master in special education, was the excitement the WA faculty possessed in working together for the benefit of our students. This positive mind-set for collaboration was a major contrast to the experience I had in the public school system.
The other remarkable event was that these faculty members backed their words through their actions during the school year. When a student had a difficulty (or two, or three) we used SA methods to pinpoint the issue, then implemented either appropriate interventions or accommodations. Sometimes we succeeded, sometimes we didn’t, but we always worked well together in trying to figure out a solution.
I feel fortunate to teach in an environment where educators are so willing to collaborate enthusiastically for the welfare of our students. With the combined efforts of our new team, headed by Max and including Chris English and myself, I’m excited for this new year.