All Kinds of News for January 09, 2019
Turn-About Ranch, a residential treatment center for teens ages 13-18, welcomes Amy Westhoff to the Academic Team. Amy worked as their English teacher in 2017 and taught English for a private online education company in 2018. Turn-About Ranch students benefitted greatly from her influence and teaching. They are pleased to have her return in the capacity of Teacher and Academic Director.
Amy earned her Bachelor of Science in teaching physical science from Brigham Young University. For 2 years, she taught Utah public school 8th grade Integrated Science. During that time, she also served as chess club advisor, STEM fair coordinator, and as a member of her district’s Technology Initiative. With experience teaching students K-12, she has a passion for education across all subjects and grade levels. Amy thrives on helping each student find value and success in their academic journey. When she’s not riding horses and rounding up cattle, Amy enjoys painting and playing the flute and guitar. She also loves taking care of all their ranch “critters” and can often be found hiking in the local area with her dogs. She is thrilled to be back at Turn-About Ranch as the Academic Director.
As a fully credited private school, Turn-About Ranch values the importance of solid education. Academics often suffer when teens struggle with mental or emotional issues. They provide individualized academic plans for each of their students in order to tailor their schooling to meet their specific needs. This can include IEP’s, 504’s, or other previously implemented support but is not limited to those supports. With small class sizes of 6 or less students, every student is provided with the support they need in order to successfully learn the material required. Students are able to complete a full semester credit within the 100 day minimum stay which will transfer on to any other accredited school in the country.
“Such a robust academic experience would not be possible without solid teachers like Amy Westhoff,” says Executive Director Michelle Lindsay. “We are excited to welcome her back and know she will provide the caring and support our students require.” Amy will work directly with parents and schools to implement the individual academic plans of each student. She will also have the opportunity to teach and interact with each student throughout their program. As part of the Clinical Team, she will also provide and use information about each student that will enhance their individual experiences and success in the Program as a whole.
About Turn-About Ranch
Turn-About Ranch is a wilderness therapy and residential treatment program located in the heart of Southern Utah’s canyon country. Students experience life on a real working ranch while undergoing treatment to improve their life back home. Surrounded by multiple national parks and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Turn-About Ranch is the ideal location for youth of today to have the space they need to find healing and purpose.