All Kinds of News for April 05, 2017
Susan has been with Gateway since 2013. She worked in Social Services for 20 years, but when given the opportunity to teach, she knew she had found her passion. She has over 10 years of experience in education as a tutor, paraprofessional and a substitute teacher and in 2016, was accepted into the State of Utah Alternative Route to Licensure for Special Education. Susan believes it is important to instill a love of learning in every young man. By developing a relationship with her students, she helps build the trust they need to face academic challenges and develop self-confidence. Susan wants every student to leave her classroom with an expanded range of knowledge and critical thinking skills that will serve them the rest of their lives. Her great sense of humor helps students feel comfortable, inspires lively discussions, and shows that learning can also be fun. In the end, her goal is for her students to go out into the world more equipped to take on the challenges they will face as adults.
- What is most rewarding about working at Gateway?
Susan: For me, it is seeing students achieve success in school when they thought it was out of their reach. I have had so many students say to me, "these are the best grades I have ever made in my life", and the joy in their faces when they say this is priceless.
- What is your favorite book and why?
Susan: It’s a tie: The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy and Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. Both books are character driven and are full of the struggles of ordinary people in extraordinary situations.
- What is your favorite brain rule and how to you integrate it in the classroom?
Susan: Brain Rule ~ Short Term Memory: Repeat To Remember
I integrate this in my class by presenting the same information in several different modes. I use the starter, word of day, SPARKS activities, videos, and both written and verbal instructions, to repeat the main ideas in our lesson. I also frequently review what we have previously learned in successive lessons by linking our current topic with past concepts.
- When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Susan: As a child, it changed often. When I was younger I wanted to be a scientist like an astronomer or a botanist. When I got a little older, I wanted to be a lawyer or a college professor. But through it all, I always knew I wanted to teach in some capacity.
- What is your favorite thing about living in Utah?
Susan: The outdoors!!! I love the mountains and especially love the desert. Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands and Escalante are the most magical places I have ever experienced. I fell in love with this state 12 years ago when I moved here and my passion for it has not changed. I have become a hiker, biker, camper, and snowshoer, because of the beautiful landscapes in this state.
About Gateway Academy:Gateway Academy in Utah, 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.