All Kinds of News for November 09, 2016
Each month, Gateway Academy focuses the spotlight on one member of the faculty or staff team, to highlight the work they do, their personality, and the energy they bring to campus each day.
Adrienne Noakes has been the science teacher at Gateway Academy since 2013. Her degree emphasis was in Chemistry, Microbiology, & Zoology and she is licensed to teach secondary science as a Utah Level II Certified Teacher. Adrienne believes that the "study of science encourages natural curiosity which then aids in further motivating students to become proactively involved in their education." She has taught in both middle school and high school settings including residential and day treatment programs since 2002. She has taught Biology, Chemistry, Earth Systems, Physics, Algebra and Geometry. Adrienne especially enjoys incorporating creative projects into her curriculum and witnessing the "aha" moment when a student recognizes that he/she actually likes science.
* What is most rewarding about working at Gateway?
Adrienne: being able to see the progress of our students, both academically and therapeutically, while they are here at Gateway.
* What is your favorite book and why?
Adrienne: "Les Miserables" I read this book when I was a teen and was impressed by the actions of the Bishop and the life-long effect those actions had on Jean Valjean.
* What is your favorite brain rule and how to you integrate it in the classroom?
Adrienne: Brain Rule #1 - every brain is wired differently. I incorporate a variety of ways to learn a concept in my classes. For example, we have class instruction/discussions, hands-on activities and labs to reinforce concepts, games to review concepts, podcasts and interactive science notebooks.
* When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Adrienne: When I was young, I wanted to be a dancer. Oh to be young again; I now have to settle for just dancing on weekends, ha ha!
* What is your favorite thing about living in Utah?
Adrienne: I enjoy the slower pace of life in Utah.
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.