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LOVE

YOURSELF. OTHERS. LEARNING.

YOURSELF.

OTHERS.

LEARNING.

To equip students with a quality and holistic education rooted in love.

OUR MISSION

OUR

VISION

Partnering with families, Friendly Academy empowers all students to live purpose-driven lives by using their gifts and talents to make a positive difference in their families, their communities, and the world. 

 

Friendly Academy fosters an environment where students are encouraged to love themselves, love others, and love learning. We define love as the practice of patience and kindness in human interactions and a sense of joy in the pursuit of learning.

 

Love Yourself:

(Self-awareness and confidence)  

We show self-love by valuing the internal characteristics that make us unique. Self-love differs from vanity and selfishness, instead focusing on self-awareness and confidence. Students develop confidence and purpose as they identify and accept their areas of strength and growth. Why is this important? Students with greater self-awareness are more likely to be reflective of their actions and how they impact those around them. Confident students are more likely to challenge themselves in productive ways and have less fear and anxiety about learning. 

 

Love Others:

(Compassion)

We show our love for others through acts of service. It is a part of our identity to “be friendly” by showing kindness and goodwill. Why is this important? Students who feel supported by their peers develop a sense of belonging and develop trusting relationships. Creating this emotionally safe environment for students is foundational for focusing on learning. 

 

Love Learning:

(Fun, Engaging, and Rigorous Experiences)

We show our love for learning by enjoying and having fun while learning new and challenging content. Why is this important? Students have higher academic success when they experience engagement and joy at school. Students experience rigor when they have a voice and choice about their own learning and engage in higher-order thinking and problem-solving.

Integrating the following to enhance student learning experiences and prepare them for the future:

 

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) 

Maximizing  personalized learning and optimizing teachers' time 

 

  • Entrepreneurship Skills 

Building critical and creative thinking skills 

 

  • Service-based Learning 

Hands-on learning while serving the community 

SCHOOL

INNOVATION

CORE VALUES

LOVE

INNOVATION

COMMUNITY

CORE PILLARS

01

Faculty & Student Wellness

02

Family & Community Partnerships

03

Literacy

04

Personalized Learning

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Dr. Tesha Robinson, LCSW

Executive Director 

 

Dr. Robinson is working with a school design team to reimagine the educational landscape in St. Louis, MO. She has over 15 years of experience in education. Her career started in St. Louis Public Schools as a school social worker. After several years, she went back to her hometown, East. St. Louis, and spearheaded various district initiatives. Programming related to crisis management, competency-based education, alternative education, and restorative justice were some of her focus areas. Her leadership roles include summer school principal, interim principal, and assistant principal in middle and high schools. Dr. Robinson served the last three years as an assistant principal, leading over 2000 students at Collinsville High School. Her successful history of starting programs and micro-schools comes from her passion for innovation to serve at-risk populations. Dr. Robinson’s background prepares her to lead a holistic school as she has both mental health and educational leadership professional experiences and licensures. Dr. Robinson earned a BA in Psychology from SIU-Carbondale, an MSW from St. Louis University, and a Ph.D. in Education from Capella.

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