The world is constantly changing. Because of these changes, I have had to continually reinvent myself, even as a seasoned teacher. These changes I have made have always been made to meet the needs of my students. This happened in the most organic way when I joined the TIS family. TIS has helped me to shed the dead blossoms and grow new ones without fear of reprisal.
I have learned to be more present and less reactive. I am more trusting, confident and empowered by the inspirational women with whom I work. I’m still blooming.
The goal of The Innovation School is to help students indulge in their natural curiosities.
The teachers get out of their way, nudge them a bit, give them choices and encourage them to take responsible risks. We offer a safe and caring environment where each student feels loved and valued.
The Innovation School values Projects, Passions, Peers, and Play. The hands-on projects create teamwork, exploration, and inquiry. These qualities are vital for our students as they become lifelong learners.
The classrooms are multi-age which build connections, encourage patience and develop learners. We grow together by sharing mutual respect while helping one another discover our strengths and passions.
The value of building connections, talking through difficult issues, being authentic, being intentional, being flexible and being able to laugh at oneself adds to the variety of life lessons we learn together.
TIS has taught me all the things I have listed. If I could grow in this rich environment, just imagine the amount of growth the students experience as they bloom here.
The Innovation School has been my garden. I blossomed as an educator and a person. TIS watered me with love and the passion for learning and growth. The saying “bloom where you are planted” means a great deal to me as I begin a new season of my life. The memories of TIS will be a part of me forever. I’m still blooming.
I wish the parents-
enough intention to keep TIS blooming
enough curiosity to learn and grow along with your kids
enough compassion to partner together with the staff
my heartfelt thanks for sharing your kids with me
I wish the students-
enough courage to grow where you are planted
enough risk to be creative, curious and passionate
my gratitude for allowing me to be a part of their life
And to my colleagues: I wish you-
enough smiles to keep your attitude bright
enough challenges so you will continue to grow
enough inspiring lessons to strengthen your desire to teach
enough support from parents and one another
enough balance in your life beyond teaching
enough years of teaching to look forward to retirement
enough time to grow and continue to bloom
A collection of thoughts, ideas and reflections from our educators, students, and families.