With a new school year, a new principal, and hundreds of new students added to the Python family, Mrs. Waller-Echols and PMSA teachers are rolling up their sleeves to help students and staff excel and raise the bar of achievement. In the coming weeks, school officials plan to offer more student and teacher support through in-house tutoring and teacher development.
“I am extremely honored to work with talented and highly skilled teachers who are committed to excellence,” said the principal of PMSA, Mrs. Echols. “We are working together to begin some great tutoring and teacher support initiatives that are based on instructional strategies and best practices. We are working to improve and increase rigor in the classroom, working to improve student achievement, and working to improve classroom management. We will incorporate differentiated instructional strategies, peer coaching, and interdisciplinary teaching, all with the goal of going from good to great.”
Echols is working with teachers and department chairs to offer students tutoring during the school day in PMSA’s Learning Resource Center (LRC). Students who are having trouble in classes can report to the LRC during their lunch periods. They can also be assigned time to report to the LRC by their individual teachers. Students may be tutored individually or in groups. The center will be staffed with faculty who are there to help support student learning and give students the tools they need to raise overall achievement. Faculty members say the new Python tutoring initiative offers faculty and students a great resource for learning, growth, and collaboration.
“This is awesome,” said Mrs. Vogt-Schuller, PMSA English teacher and Humanities Department Chair. “The teachers here are collaborative, cooperative, and we want to help. We like to share our ideas, and we are open to new ideas. The tutoring opportunity for students will help those who are struggling with a concept or idea to get a better grasp on that particular subject. Students will have more access to teachers who have strengths in those areas, and teachers will have the support that they need to help their students get it. One of our big goals this year is to continue to raise test scores. This tutoring initiative shows that we are serious about academics and that everyone will roll up their sleeves to help our school and our students improve.”
The new tutoring initiative is designed to provide more academic support for students by highly qualified staff. It also helps support teachers by reinforcing the lessons taught in class. The program is expected to increase the number of students who are passing courses, increase levels of student engagement, increase levels of rigor within the classroom, and increase positive student centered relationships between faculty and students.
“There is no doubt that the students, faculty, and staff of PMSA are phenomenal,” said Echols. “This is just one of our ongoing improvement initiatives. We look forward to continuing to share ideas and build bridges that will make our school and our students stronger academically and as a whole.”
In addition to the tutoring initiative for students, PMSA is also developing a professional growth initiative for teachers. To learn more, or to get your student involved in tutoring, please contact Mrs. Echols at 708.338.4168.