All Kinds of News for April 11, 2018
Moonridge Academy math teacher Nancy Ward was honored with an “Excellence in Service” Award at the Southwest Regional NATSAP Conference held on March 6, 2018 in St. George, UT. Nancy was among 10 candidates nominated for this award. Nancy started working at Moonridge Academy in July 2016 soon after graduating from Southern Utah University. While completing her degree, Nancy provided services as a math tutor at Moonridge Academy. To this day, Nancy continues to go far beyond her job description to meet Moonridge Academy students at their learning level and engage them in her passion for math.
Nancy has found that if she connects with students outside of the classroom, she has won the battle in the classroom; she knows as she builds a relationship with them through participation in adventure activities and therapy groups she has won them over in the classroom. Nancy has cheered on students as they competed in local horse shows and she has interacted with students on monthly adventure excursions. Recently she was observed helping a student with her homework during a trip to Lake Powell! Nancy is willing to come in early and stay late to help tutor a student who needs extra assistance. Once a student sees that Nancy uses her free time to have fun, connect or study with them, students show up ready to learn in class. Often students come to Moonridge Academy disliking math. Many of them have been unsuccessful in math and this has caused increased anxiety as they enter the math classroom. Due to Nancy’s individualized approach to teaching and her ability to connect with her students outside of the classroom, students leave Moonridge feeling confident with (and often loving) math. Test scores and quarterly student updates consistently prove her success.
About Moonridge Academy
Moonridge Academy is a premier residential treatment center for girls in Cedar City, UT. This is a program for girls ages 11-15 that assists them in healing trauma, addressing mental and emotional challenges, and finding themselves through recreation and adventure. We are a program of only 16 students, so this is a very tight, individualized program with a very cohesive and fun group of coworkers. La Europa helps students unlock the potential you know is there and develop the skills she needs to overcome her current challenges. We combine a nurturing, home like environment, a sophisticated clinical approach tailored to her specific needs and a challenging academic curriculum to develop her coping skills and identity.