VCS faculty and staff meet with representatives from Valor Christian High School.
“My arms will either fall off or they will be masters at working
with clay,” said Village Christian art teacher Julianna Rondinella.
This summer, Rondinella will participate in a two-and-a-half-week session
at the very selective Penland art institute in North Carolina, where she
will build on her art education with further training in ceramics, glass
blowing, metal working, and more.
And VCS students stand to benefit.
Professional development is essential in Village Christian’s plan
to help students thrive, and we are committed to continued investment
in our talented faculty. Given that it's also a category supported
by the Annual Fund, you can be assured that your contribution will have
an exciting and immediate impact.
“These teachers want to better themselves and learn more,”
said Elementary Principal Margie Chespak. “We want to equip teachers
with what they need to stay on top of meeting the needs of diverse learners.
But it’s not only the workshops and learning that benefit them;
it's also the bonding that happens within the staff.”
In fact, many of our Elementary teachers will be taking time out of their
summer to attend a variety of national conferences to learn the latest
in hands-on, research-based strategies and best practices.
The same goes for our Middle and High School teachers, who have also attended
a variety of continuing education conferences in their discipline as well
as in enrichment and support for students’ current psycho-social/emotional
needs. They have also traveled abroad for experiential/immersive learning
opportunities and benefited from on-campus professional development sessions
with Lynn Kim-John, Ph.D., who is the Director of Science Programs at
UCLA Center X.
“Professional development is an absolutely essential part of being
an effective teacher,” said Middle School teacher Aubrey Reynolds.
"It reminds me that we are all life-long learners, and as such, allows
me to relate to my students knowing that we are learning together. Being
in a community of learners alongside other educators is encouraging on
so many levels. When we come together to further develop our craft, we
honor each other’s struggles and successes, and we support each
other by listening and problem-solving together.”
VCS is also at the forefront of teacher-to-teacher mentoring as the largest
partner in the Cal State Teach Induction Program, which helps teachers
clear the final stages of their credential.
Additionally, through our membership in CESA (Council on Educational Standards
and Accountability), a group of teachers and faculty recently visited
Valor Christian High School in Colorado to exchange ideas and discuss
the current climate in private Christian education.
“It has been an exciting time to be able to draw from the wealth
of knowledge and experience that the teachers at VCS all possess and see
how these professional development opportunities are translating into
lasting learning memories and mastery for our students," Reynolds added.
Our teachers are clamoring for professional development opportunities.
Supporting the Annual Fund allows us to continue identifying ways to stay
at the cutting edge of educational trends and best practices.
Your contribution will not only have a powerful impact on our students,
but also on our dedicated faculty.
Click here to donate to the Annual Fund today!