All Kinds of News for December 07, 2016
Academic Coordinator extraordinaire Kelli Hansen joined Gateway in 2014 as an English teacher and college counselor. She has taught in a variety of settings from elementary school to adult education, but the majority of her experience comes from working with high school-aged students in residential and day treatment programs, which she has been doing since 2000. She has taught Language Arts and Italian where she enjoys challenging students and preparing them for college or other future plans. Through her years of experience, Kelli has learned that if a student has the right motivation, the right tools, and the right team on their side, any student can learn. She believes that education has to be part of the cure for our students to achieve long-term success.
* What is most rewarding about working at Gateway?
Kelli: I enjoy the close relationships I'm able to have with the students. In large settings it's more difficult to have that level of involvement.
* What is your favorite book and why?
Kelli: The Harry Potter books were the first books I read that I actually enjoyed. It is what sparked my love of reading.
* What is your favorite brain rule (www.brainrules.net) and how do you integrate it in the classroom?
Kelli: Brain Rule - Study or listen to music to boost cognition. I love torturing my students with silly songs to help them remember and reinforce concepts. It's amazing how much better students remember the material when I make them sing - even though some think they're too cool to sing silly songs!
* When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Kelli: A veterinarian. I'd still like to be. I started college as a Zoology major with the intent of going into veterinary medicine, but Biology was like a foreign language to me and it "weeded me out."
* What is your favorite thing about living in Utah?
Kelli: I love the variety of the scenery in Utah. I'm able to enjoy the mountains with amazing hiking and biking trails, red rock with the heat in Southern Utah's desert, and still have lakes and rivers for rafting, swimming, and boating. You can do so much in Utah and it is gorgeous everywhere you go. The people are generally really nice too.
Gateway Academy (UT) is dedicated to the healthy development and healing of adolescent boys and their families. We provide a safe and nurturing environment through five integrated programs: Therapy, Academics, Community, Outdoor Education and Fitness. With integrity and respect, we help students feel empowered and valued, build healthy relationships, make thoughtful decisions, develop life skills, become life-long learners, and achieve their personal best.