I’m a certified high school teacher who’s been around for a while, teaching English, History, Law, Special Education, and leading my schools in Student Success and Literacy Work. I LOVE – and I cannot stress this enough, but ABSOLUTELY LOVE education and teaching. I genuinely believe education is the most effective tool to address many of the challenges we experience and level the playing field for all families. My desire to make a positive impact however was regularly trumped by the fact that I was one person in a class of 30 and could not do everything I wanted without cloning myself. In conversation with my colleagues, I knew this was not an isolated experience – and thus in an effort to incite change, we developed Step Up Academy of Learning.
Step Up Academy began with literally ONE student many many years ago – student zero we call him! He kindled within us the idea that we can make an impact and be actors of change in a system where there are too many children and not enough support. We were empowered to step up from passive complaining and wishful thinking to develop an academy, a team and programs that center student success in ways that we know will benefit their growth and development.
Our name Step Up Academy is reflective of our belief in the Growth Mindset. This is a theory developed by Dr.Carol Dweck that can make a WORLD OF DIFFERENCE when it comes to learning and success. Here’s an image from one of our Learning Centers that perfectly illustrates the different thoughts that run through someone with a fixed vs. growth mindset.
We awaken our students to their highest potential with personalized programs, engaging lessons and effective feedback, empowering them to thrive.
Every program we have, every lesson we create and every document we prepare is infused with the values and philosophy of the growth mindset. We believe and KNOW our students can and WILL succeed. We know they WILL grow. It’s up to us to provide them with the right tools and support to empower them. This is why we are awakeners. We awaken our students to their highest potential with personalized programs, engaging lessons and effective feedback, empowering them to thrive.
We’ve experienced exponential growth in the past couple of years and continue to expand the programs we offer and develop new ways to engage and excite our learners. Every single student who has come through our doors (physical and online!) have taught us an important lesson and pushed us to continue growing. We would love for you to join us on this journey as we grow and thrive together to ensure that education continues to be a tool that empowers and fosters positive change.
Signing off to continue our mission as awakeners,
HBA, MT, OCT
Director, Step Up Academy of Learning