Stuart's Spectacular Students

This is dedicated to my amazing students. The goal is for each and every one of them to feel unstoppable by the time they walk out of the classroom door for the final time in May. This chronicles their journey; their own Chronicles of Self-Actualization.

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

This is where I began my teaching career, at this private school in north-central Ohio. I'm constantly talking about this place as the birth of my teaching ideals and having the great fortune to be mentored by the Headmaster, spending many afternoons absorbing this great educational leader's wealth of knowledge, Brother Robert Lavelle.

I spoke with Brother Robert the other day and it made me want to share this great school with you. The following is from the web site, which you can go to by clicking here. Many world leaders in many different areas have come from this school and its way of teaching. I teach you in the same way the best I can, as if you are attending this best-of-the-world's-best private institutions.

Gilmour Academy, founded in 1946 by the Brothers of Holy Cross from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, is an independent, coeducational Catholic preparatory school with enrollment from the preschool through high school levels.

The 143 acre campus is located in Gates Mills, an eastern suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. The campus facilities include a chapel, science center, fine and performing arts center, and two dormitories. The athletic complex includes eight playing fields, a natatorium, a fieldhouse, and a NHL sized ice rink.

As a Catholic School in the Holy Cross tradition, Gilmour Academy has chosen as its mission the education of the mind and the heart. Gilmour instills in each student a strong sense of personal self-worth through personal achievement. The world our students will soon lead will require them to be persons of great courage and moral stamina, with an enthusiastic, lifelong desire to learn.


Teaching for Many Ways of Learning

By instilling a strong sense of self-worth through individual achievement, Gilmour helps students reach for their personal best. We regard each student as a unique learner and support our students' efforts to achieve their greatest potential, helping to make their education here a great adventure. Students are often pleased to discover that their best is better than they ever thought possible.


Developing Lifelong Learners

The curriculum at Gilmour emphasizes mastery of major curricular areas, empowering students to develop their skills as communicators, complex thinkers, and effective and collaborative problem solvers. In today's increasingly complex world, students are more likely to succeed when they are able to think critically and solve complex problems. Gilmour has incorporated into its curriculum the best of both traditional and new educational thinking to develop habits of the mind.


By instilling a strong sense of self-worth through individual achievement, Gilmour helps students reach for their personal best. We regard each student as a unique learner and support our students' efforts to achieve their greatest potential, helping to make their education here a great adventure. Students are often pleased to discover that their best is better than they ever thought possible.

As a college preparatory school, we know attending Gilmour may not be for everyone. It is a privilege requiring the discernment of parents, students, and the Academy. Gilmour has a wonderful and growing history of graduating young women and men of moral character prepared to succeed in college and in life, with a commitment to justice and compassion toward others.

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