In addition to Athletic Director and Physical Education Teacher Mark Kelley being recognized for 15 year of service, recognized for five were High School History and English Teacher John Barnett and Speech and Language Pathologist Kari Schaiman.
“I love working at Stanbridge, because the kids are the heart of our school and keep every day interesting!” said Kari. “I have the opportunity to work with kids to build skills they will use throughout the rest of their lives, but—truthfully—they teach me so much every day.”
Kari says she is most proud of developing and instituting the social learning curriculum during her time at Stanbridge.
“I have deepened my knowledge of tools to support students in further developing their social skills, and I love seeing student successes in this area on a daily basis,” said Kari. “I look forward to attending additional training in Michele Garcia Winner's Social Thinking curriculum as well as learning new strategies for teaching language and articulation in future professional development seminars.”
Mark says the accomplishment that has given him the most satisfaction over the past decade and a half has been growing the team programs and helping to found the Bay Area Small School Athletic League.
“Stanbridge has always been a great place. There have always been great kids here and great employees to work with,” said Mark. “At this point it’s not literally home but it feels like it.”
Mark says he came to Stanbridge in 2000 after leaving the sales world. He original took a job as a permanent substitute teacher at Borel Middle School and had worked there a month when he saw a job for a physical education teacher at Stanbridge advertised on Craigslist.
“There are none that make me want to come to work on a Monday morning more than these kids,” said Mark.
John expressed similar sentiments.
“Helping students get a little bit better at something every day, be it reading comprehension, writing, or social skills is amazing,” said John. “I also really, really enjoy working with some awesome coworkers! Everyone at Stanbridge is really here for the kids, and that is so inspiring to see.”
John, who just cleared his education specialist credential and obtained a Master’s in Education, says he looks at his years so far at Stanbridge as a time of learning and becoming a better teacher.
“I'm not perfect, but I hope to be getting better every year at my craft,” said John. “In the future, I hope to continue to improve as a ‘professional educator,’ and help Stanbridge become an even more transformative environment.”