Mission Bay High, San Diego, California
Bachelor of Science in History/Education, Northern Arizona University
Master of Science in Special Education, St. Cloud State University
Administration Licensure, St. Mary's University
Dear Park Brook Families,
I look forward to camping a few days every summer. I go for long bike rides, hike, cook out, read and just enjoy being in the great outdoors. I do not follow any schedule. I enjoy sitting by a fire at night and go to bed when I am tired. I wake up with the rising sun. My schedule is set, when camping, by the rising and setting sun, when I am hungry and when I am tired.
I was recently reading the articles linked below and made the connection that when I am camping, I am resetting my sleep cycle by disconnecting from the world of technology, and using natural light and dark to structure my days.
While camping in the winter may not be possible for all of us, and perhaps not advisable with Minnesota winters, we can disconnect from technology, and make sure that we are getting the natural light that our bodies crave, even if we do not realize the need for it.
Our society encourages us to be connected to our technology with cell phones, social media, televisions, laptop computers, and so on. While there are many benefits of technology and many enjoy playing video games, using social media, using technology for learning, and so on, it behooves us to think about how we need to monitor the use of technology for kids, and truly for all of us—myself included.
Elementary students need 9 – 12 hours of sleep every day. Technology and lack of natural light can inhibit all of us from getting the sleep that we need. The light from technology too close to bed time can actually stop us from falling asleep. I have noticed students who are tired.
Sleep is essential for learning, memory, and increasing positive behaviors. My goal is to have some of the highest, if not the highest, academic growth in the district and in the State of Minnesota. I focus on physical well-being because I am convinced that if students are physically prepared for the school day, we will make significant academic gains.
During the 2015-2016 school year, according to the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) and the data from the Minnesota Department of Education:
*Out of 25 schools in the Osseo Area Schools, Park Brook ranked 22 out of the 25 for academic growth rate. (1 being the lowest growth, and 25 being the highest growth),
*Out of 25 schools in the Osseo Area Schools, Park Brook had the highest growth rate for closing the academic achievement gap,
*86% of Park Brook Elementary students ranked in the high growth rate in math,
*83% of Park Brook Elementary students ranked in the high growth rate in reading.
During the 2014-2015 school year, the percentage of students meeting or exceeding their expected growth at Park Brook compared to the other 17 elementary schools in the Osseo Area Schools: