In the February e-Newsletter, we announced that Therese McDonald, the manager of both WISDOM's Mediated Learning Program and Socratic Dialogue Online Program was retiring from WISDOM after more than 13 years of dedicated service. Therese has been an integral part of the work that we do, and she will be greatly missed. We know that she is pursuing exciting new things, and wish her every blessing as she does so.
Today, we would like to introduce the new team members who are stepping up to fill these important roles with us.
While our Dynamic Assessment and ML Workshop provider John Hoekstra will be managing the ML program beginning in June, we still needed to find someone to present workshops and provide family mediation.
Michelle McLay is a long-time WISDOM mother who utilized her own post-secondary training in special education with her own children - that is, until she found the Mediated Learning Program. Using the ML program enriched her family life and home education in new and exciting ways, and Michelle was quick to take in more workshops and apply the principles at home.
When Michelle heard about the opportunity, she was an obvious fit for the position. She was enthusiasic about joining us in our work, and on March 1, Michelle became an official WISDOM team member. She has been job-shadowing Therese, and will be trained in presenting workshops and providing Family Mediation.
Nicole Noster was home educated for 10 years (Gr. 3 – 12) and upon graduating, obtained her Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College, a classical liberal arts college in California. The College uses only primary sources, in particular the great books of Western civilization, to teach students to think logically and objectively across an array of subjects. Rather than lecture, professors guide students using Socratic dialogue, a process that Nicole realized as ideal for prompting students to grapple with questions and come to the answers as conclusions rather than memorized information. After graduation, Nicole worked in program development and management, putting her skills to good use with programs she believed in. Nicole and her husband home school their children and strive to always create a culture of learning in their home.
Nicole applied for the position of Socratic Dialogue Online Program Manager and was selected by the Trinity Board as the candidate most qualified to fill the position. Nicole will be job-shadowing Therese until June 1st, at which time she will assume management of the program.
We are thankful to those who applied for the positions, and are very excited to be working with Michelle and Nicole. Welcome!