All Kinds of News for September 12, 2018
Susan Mackert, the Academic Director at Moonridge, recently made some exciting additions to the academic program. New teachers have been hired and a new drama class has been added to the class schedule. Moonridge Academy will now be offering a drama class that focuses on the fundamentals of performing Shakespeare, and more modern works. In addition to classroom teaching, students will attend professional, community, and children's theatrical performances, and participate in workshops at the Utah Shakespeare Festival (founded in 1961), located in Cedar City.
To add this drama class, Moonridge Academy hired drama teacher Taylor Hall. Taylor loves the arts of storytelling and drama. He is deeply involved with several local theatre programs including Cedar Valley Community Theatre, Southern Utah University, and Cedar City Children's Musical Theatre. Taylor also works as an Education Assistant for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, teaching tots and teens alike. Taylor said, “My favorite part about working at Moonridge Academy is watching the students help each other, and even help themselves, to learn and grow.”
Moonridge Academy also hired a vibrant new science teacher. Rebecca “Paul” Macias comes to Moonridge with excellent training and experience. Paul completed her BA at Gonzaga University and her Master's Degree at Whitworth University. Paul has worked with youth in public school, private school, church groups and in-home settings. She loves learning new things and considers it a privilege to help teens learn, too. Paul feels that the best science experience is hands-on with the opportunity for experiential activities in addition to more traditional classroom teaching. This is very much in keeping with Moonridge Academy’s philosophy providing individualized teaching so that all students' needs can be met.
About Moonridge Academy
Moonridge Academy is a premier residential treatment center for younger girl ages 11-15 years located in Cedar City, UT. Moonridge Academy specializes in healing trauma and addressing mental and emotional challenges using different therapeutic modalities including EMDR, CBT, DBT, Play Therapy, Equine Therapy and Adventure Therapy. As a small program of only 16 students, Moonridge Academy allows for a high degree of individualization in both clinical and academic services. By combining a nurturing home-like environment with a sophisticated clinical approach, Moonridge Academy is tailored to meet specific needs and to assist students in developing coping skills and identity.