August 30, 2021

The TSA Blog

Greetings from the Director!

I hope everyone is having a great start to the year and getting back in the swing of in-person instruction!
I wanted to share a new initiative we will be launching this week.  Each month a different TSA administrator will provide a brief blog describing an aspect of their job, helpful advice to students, or simply their own TSA story.  This will give you a chance to hear from those members of our community that you may not know and get to see another side of our staff! 
I will kick things off for August and we will continue with a different entry through the remainder of the year.
I hope you enjoy!
Dr Mead

At the start of every school year, there is nothing I love more than hearing from our youngest students.  As someone who also moved to a new state and school in the 6th grade, I can identify with all the emotions they are going through- nervousness, excitement, uncertainty, and everything else in between!  Periodically during the year our 6th grade social studies teacher, Ms. Mel Prior, will ask her students to comment about their TSA experience.  I would like to share two of those quotes:

 “The people at this school have helped me by welcoming me to this school and being really nice.  I think I have helped some people feel good in this school and not be so intimidated.”

“My favorite thing that I’ve learned about TSA this week is probably how much people care about the school and how they take care of the building and treat staff with respect.”

I have two takeaways from this-

First is something I have reiterated since I first arrived at TSA in 2015- what sets TSA apart from anywhere else I have worked is the level of investment so many stakeholders have in the short and long-term success of the school including staff, faculty, students, alumni, community members, Board members and donors.  The fact that this was identified from a student who has not even spent a full week here speaks volumes.

Second- how cool is it that this first student not only recognized how this school made them feel, but then took the extra step of extending that same branch to another new student?  This truly underscores how powerful a simply act of kindness can be, and something I hope continues to be a foundation of who we are as a community.

I would like to thank all the parents who have entrusted us with the educational growth and development of their children.  It is an honor and privilege to serve all of you and I’m looking forward to a great year!


Dr Mead 

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