Many students and parents have asked me, "What does a Dean of School Culture do?" My job is to help students, faculty, and staff in their efforts to be successful.
Here's a little more about how I do that in my role. This position was added in August 2009 to help define, implement, and oversee all aspects of the school culture. "School Culture" can be defined as: "The sum of the values, cultures, safety practices, and organizational structures within a school that cause it to function and react in particular ways."
So, at Flagstaff Academy, my responsibilities include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Forge positive relationships with all students, parents, and staff
- Serve as the school's chief administrator in the absence of the principal
- Represent the school in outside activities such as student recruitment events and community functions
- Substitute, as needed, in classrooms, drive line, or other locations
- Assist in the planning, implementation, evaluation, and innovation of student programming
- Assist in the coordination of multi-day, outdoor education field-trips
- Work closely with students, staff and faculty to improve academics, discipline, and general school culture
- Forge a new culture of conflict management and problem-solving based in restorative values and principles
- Design and support Character Education in all K-8 classrooms, as well as small focus groups
- Serve on the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) team, helping students to succeed
- Consult and support teachers in classroom management strategies related to behavior
- Coordinate the Adam J. Burton Scholarship Committee
- Facilitate mediations and restorative solution circles between students, faculty, staff, and parents as needed
- Support and grow restorative practices in schools within the district and state
Thank you for choosing Flagstaff Academy. I wish you and your student(s) the very best of fun, challenge, growth, and success this year!
Dean of School Culture