Congratulations to our Teacher of the Year, Betty Burns and our Professional of the Year, Amy Batley!
Make some real world connection by using Skype to attend virtual field trips. See here: https://education.microsoft.com/findalesson/virtualfieldtrip
Congratulations to Esham Momin! He will compete in the Fulton County Spelling Bee this Saturday, Jan. 30! Good Luck!
Congratulations to our school Spelling Bee Champion, Eshan Momin and Runner Up, Rishi Kumar! Eshan will go on to compete at the Fulton County Spelling Bee on January 30th. We wish him luck!We also want to recognize these classroom Spelling Bee Winners:
5th grade: Siri Anne, Jeanie Kim, Rishi Kumar, Eshan Momin
4th grade: Megan Roka, Hitanshi Shah, Shreya Vasan
2nd grade: Shoumik Padakanti, Grace Jeffrey, Andrew Prokash
1st grade: Shaurya Attal, Brooklinne Dorr, Andrew Breland
Kindergarten: Daniel Eisenstadt, Mayank Kaper, Anvesha Shinde
Employees of the Year!
Congratulations to these wonderful Employees! What an honor to be nominated by your peers! You make NPE the best!
Teacher of the Year Finalists:
Betty Burns, Laura Lamaster & Ashley Miller
Employee of the Year Finalists:
Amy Batley & Melanie Lindy
Use the links above (Listed under Teacher Blog Button) to request resources or curriculum support. Hopefully, these forms will serve as one way to make it easier for you to get what you need. Of course you can always email me if you prefer.
Paco says "Enjoy your weekend"!
The Vanguard team had a choice during PD day of locations to attend to learn all about the "user experience". Some of these included: Civil Rights Museum, Delta Flight Museum, Football Hall of Fame, Chick-Fil-A Headquarters, and Microsoft.
I chose to go to Chick-Fil-A headquarters (Backstage Tour) near Hapeville to learn all about the history, beliefs and user experience (and how it is connected to the principles of Personalized Learning).
From the moment I arrived at headquarters it was clear that CFA cares about its employees and customers. It is evident in the little things like the security guard welcoming me and taking the time to ask about my day to personalized signs along the entrance welcoming each new CFA team member. Employees said "My Pleasure" to visitors and each other throughout the visit. A hierarchy was not noticeable; just a happy team environment.
It really made me think about how we as educators (and as a system) could improve our user experience.
How can we connect to our customer on a personal level?
What common beliefs do we have that translate into superior, personalized service?
How can we balance this user experience business model to one that connects to our service of preparing young people? They are our most important business.
Can you think of another organization/business that excels in the area of user experience? What is done that makes YOU feel "special?
Click on the picture to read a great (short) article about the CFA user experience: