Thriving in Style

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

Maya Angelou 

When watching almost any teen focused movie, there is a recurring theme that surviving high school is hard. Now, the challenges highlighted onscreen are rarely academic, and relate more to the relationships being navigated in the hallways between classes.

Maya Angelou quote on sky backgroundThe hallways at Thomas Academy work a little bit differently. I am not going to say that we are completely drama free because, let’s be real, teenagers are going to have drama as they learn how to relate to each other.

Yet our hallways include playful banter among our teachers and staff, helping to set the tone. Our staff is eyes on at all times, making sure that when there is a dramatic moment developing it can be prevented or the negative impact minimized. They work to develop relationships with the students so that they know what is going on outside the classroom in order to make sure that the educational experience is as positive as possible.

Our staff want the students to not only survive high school, but to truly thrive not only in high school, but in life. They take the interest in all aspects of the student, helping develop the compassion, connection and character we talk about in our school’s motto. And yes, we want them to thrive in style, with a confidence evident the moment you see the child.

It is an honor to work with such a passionate staff and to see these children thrive as a result.

Geraldine Bradshaw, Ed.D., is the Director of Thomas Academy, a public charter school.

Learn more about the Thomas Academy educational experience.

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