November 18, 2013
I have been serving as a volunteer music teacher at James Baldwin Academy since November, 2011. I come to this position having retired in 2008, after 20 years of service as a teacher, followed by 20 years as a site co-administrator, a principal and as a district director. In the two years I have been at JBA, I have been consistently and happily impressed by the positive and supportive expectations all members of the staff, including administrators, teachers, therapists, and classified staff. Everyone on the staff makes a sincere effort to treat every student as a unique individual. The students are respectful of the staff, and they feel safe under the staff's direction. I have never been around a staff where literally everyone, from administrators to carpenters, from teachers to front office support staff, maintains high standards for behavior, high expectations for academics, and creates a safe, warm, and empathic environment for all students, from kindergarteners to twelfth graders. Having worked in a wide range of school environments, I can sincerely declare that JBA is an extraordinarily fine school, so desperately needed by their needy, often fragile students.
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