This is one of my follow up articles to the news I shared in the summer about this being my last year as principal of RCOA. Not only am I excited about the possibilities of this “transition” in my life to meeting folks who would be coming to our soon to be opening Bed and Breakfast ministry, but I am thrilled at the new look that is forming in the leadership of our school that will emphasize teams and more collaboration at all levels.
So, who is in charge? Read more…….
The Executive Team – The buck stops here with this group, but they listen to others really well! This group is comprised of Mark Langley, Dennise Croswell, Brenda Fawkes and Carolyn Langley. (Mark Langley steps away from the principalship as of Feb 1, but will stay active supporting the school until the end of June. As previously mentioned, Mrs Croswell will then be installed as the principal of RCOA). As you are aware, Dennise, Brenda and Carolyn carry major responsibilities for the vision and the daily operation status of RCOA.
The Administrative Team – Along with the Executive team, these are the amazing people that support your teachers and oversight the F2F activities, clubs and classes. These are all Assistant Directors or Directors.
- Roz Kerr – Director of Best Practices. This amazing lady strives to bring to our attention the best methodologies, platforms and concepts to enrich our teachers with proven means to support each of you home educating your children. Her goal is to make your educational goals at home easier and to filled with integrity.
- Marilyn Smith – Director of Special Education. Marilyn’s understanding of the challenges and the joys of home educating learners with unique and specials needs is unparalleled.
- Sandra Venema – Assistant Director of Elementary Education. Sandra is utilizing her many years as a home educating mom and teacher to now wonderfully equip our teachers, especially our newer HLSTs.
- Kevin Laser – Assistant Director of Community Classes. Kevin continues to do a wonderful job of keeping track of our 11 Community Class sites, the teachers and curriculum. Community Classes continue to be one of the main strengths of RCOA.
- Andrew Easson – Assistant Director of our regular High School and Special Education High School. High School complexities can be challenging and Andrew handles them all and gives direction to the teachers and SEAs with amazing grace.
- Ruth Friesen – Assistant Director of Special Education (Elementary). Ruth supports and encourages these amazing families that have chosen to home educate these amazing learners and supports a surprisingly large amount of support staff.
The Lead Teacher Team – These are the teachers that work with the Administrative Team to figure out and prepare materials, teaching and personal support to the HLSTs directly. Aside from Roz Kerr, Sandra Venema, and Andrew Easson this team is also comprised of Jolene Van Huizen, Karen Johnson, Margriet Radke, Justin Willie and Wendy Hoytema. The expertise, knowledge and wisdom that this dedicated group pours into the HLSTs is amazing and so appreciated.
In conclusion, I trust that you can see that these changes to more of a team approach, spreading out the leadership to these talented and committed individuals, is going to be a gargantuan blessing to your home education efforts. So, who do you contact if you have a question or would like some support? None of the above, unless they happen to be your Home Learning Support Teacher. Your HLST is equipped to respond in an expert and complete manner to your needs. And, if they do not have the answer, they will go to one of these individuals and find out for you. With these teams in place along with their integrity and their love for our Lord Jesus, RCOA will be in great hands for years to come!! 🙂