I had the wonderful opportunity in August to take one of our many distinguished students, Jon, to the United States Autism and Asperger Association World Conference held this year in nearby Louisville, Kentucky. At this conference, we had the honor of listening to the keynote speaker, Dr. Temple Grandin, who spoke largely on the importance of “stretching” students as it pertains to teaching job skills, providing new experiences, socialization, and building life skills in general. What an important concept to keep in mind for all of us as we put ourselves in new situations that may place us outside our personal comforts, and, as a result help us grow as individuals and as a community. Jon eloquently noted after Dr. Grandin’s speech that Stewart Home & School is “gently challenging” providing friendly opportunities and choices that expand our students’ minds and brighten their lives. Furthermore, Jon shared that SH&S “is not easy and it shouldn’t be.” Being lifelong learners requires constantly changing and transitioning, which is fundamentally required for personal growth.
As the Assistant Superintendent, I am beyond thankful to SH&S students and staff for supporting me as I “stretch” myself and grow in my new role. In our “gently challenging” environment, I am extremely fortunate to contribute to many of the dedicated efforts that our staff and students across campus provide for happy, safe, and healthy lives. I more specifically hope to be an important resource to our school program as we continue to educate ourselves and our students to reach their fullest potentials.
We now ready ourselves to transition from exhilarating summer activities to our fall schedule full of new opportunities for growth. I hope for the best to all of our SH&S students, families, and staff who have created the perfect environment for supporting one another through life’s many transitions.
Cody Davis, assistant superintendent