San Diego Global Vision Academy

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Parent TESTIMONIALS

 
I admit, I was hesitant at first. Its a smaller location than the public school we were used to, but they amazed us with how different they were. This is an AMAZING school! 

The staff are all friendly and helpful, and the teachers are very open and communicate well with parents regarding their children. The Principal is kind and informative, and takes a hands on approach with the school and is as actively involved as the rest of the staff, if not more!  This school is everything I could have asked for and more. My 2nd grade son's reading skills have skyrocketed, and he loves telling me all about the things he learned on the way home from school. (This week, he was telling me about the cardiovascular system).

He loves the after school program, too, which helps with homework, and allows free time based on merit points they receive that day in class. 5 stars gets computer time, which he LOVES, and it drives him to try harder to do great in class so he can play on it.

I have recommended this school to anyone and everyone I've spoken to regarding education. They are actively involved with their community and having the children learn about the world around them, including right outside their door. I only gave this school 5 stars, because 10 isn't an option! We are moving this year, and I am going to drive him to GVA everyday regardless of where in the County we move. Poway, Escondido, El Cajon, Chula Vista... doesn't matter. I want him going here. I love this school THAT much!
—Submitted by a parent on YELP
 
SDGVA is a wonderful school. Both of my daughters have improved from proficient to advanced. The teachers go above and beyond and communicate regularly. The administration is the best I have ever seen. They know all of the children and even teach in the classrooms. SDGVA is like one big family where all the teachers know my children's names and care for the kids deeply. They have high standards and very solid classroom management. Thank you for all that you do for our kids!!!!! 
—Submitted by a parent
 
This school has changed my daughters life. She went from a reluctant reader to devouring books. Her teachers dedication to her and all her students is admirable. I also love that the students are held accountable giving them all a sense of self and responsibility. This school is making leaders out of our children. Thank you SDGVA. 
—Submitted by a parent
 
Our kids have been at SDGVA for the last four years and absolutely love it. The school celebrates diversity, focuses on character building and cultivates an environment of inclusion and acceptance. The staff is amazing - incredibly supportive and we have felt like we have true partners in the development and success of our kids. We are extremely grateful that we can call SDGVA our school.
 
STRONGLY AGREE: Teachers at this school are effective.
The teachers invest time to really get to know the kids and their unique strengths and areas of improvement. They are extremely attentive, caring and compassionate. There have been many times where I’ve been incredibly impressed by the level of dedication the teachers have at this school.
—Submitted by a parent to Great Schools
 
I LOVE THAT MY SON GOES TO THIS SCHOOL! I think they only go up to 8th grade which stinks but I am excited for my son to continue here because they are soooo good! The staff is great, education is great,...
 
STRONGLY AGREE: This school develops strong character in its students, like integrity, compassion and respect. Their leadership mantra and the fact that TKD is incorporated into every student's experience at this school. I love that this starts even at the kinder level.
—Submitted by a parent to Great Schools

 

TEACHER TESTIMONIALS

 

Jamie Lanham

I teach because it has become me.  I'm not one of those "I waited my whole life to be a teacher" people--which isn't a bad thing--it's just not my story.  What I knew I always wanted to do is work with children. 

And my path led me here.  

I teach Kindergarten and it is so much fun being able to teach our youngest learners every day. Four, five, and six year olds are full of energy, curiosity, and pure joy.  Watching them become readers and writers, learn how to work with numbers, ask questions, and develop learning habits is truly a privilege. I have the best job in the world.  

Now, SDGVA...that's a different story.  SDGVA happened because when positive, powerful people come together to make changes, worthy things happen.  SDGVA is worthy.  Worthy of our children.  Worthy of our livelihood.  Worthy of our hearts, our strength, and our tears.  I founded SDGVA with a group of teacher leaders and our goal was to put students first. We wanted a school that put value in diversity, raised strong and resilient learners, and put focused effort on becoming accomplished writers and globally aware citizens.  At SDGVA, our students build legacies that include being life-long learners.  I am so proud to call this my school.

 

Valentyna Banner

I love teaching at SDGVA because every team member has children’s best interest at heart.  All decisions are made for the benefit of children, not what is convenient for adults.  SDGVA educators work tirelessly to implement the most successful, relevant, and current teaching strategies.  There is a deep love and care for all children at SDGVA.  This sentiment shows itself through high expectations and follow through.  Teachers at SDGVA are truly passionate about helping students succeed and build confidence as resilient lifelong learners.

 

Emily Yamasaki

With each year of teaching, it becomes more and more clear to me that teaching isn’t a mere occupation but rather who I am to my core.  SDGVA is a place that fosters my professional growth and supports me in my support of students.  It is a place that believes in the power of students and teachers. Gone with the girl who gets tossed in the waves of life. And now enters the girl who casts those waves.

I teach at SDGVA because it breathes fierceness, love, and life into me.

 

Lauren Drew

I was blown away when I first began teaching at SDGVA over 4 years ago. The school is unique in so many ways. First and foremost, students always come first. It’s a true community where every student, regardless of grade level, is considered “ours” by all members of the SDGVA family. Teachers here constantly seek out the best professional development so they may improve in order to better serve students and their families. I had never experienced an entire teaching team that is so willing to collaborate and lead out (here as well as at other schools across San Diego) in order to help teachers become even better. From the beginning, I have been encouraged to pursue my passions and goals as a teacher, and then bring them back to share with my students and our staff. Aside from dedicated educators, Our board of directors and administrators always consider students when building or revising policies, budgets, and procedures. Instructional Aides and outside specialists equally covet student relationships and priorities. Finally, families here are incredible. Communication with my students' parents has never come so easily and is always welcomed with the positive goal of working as a team to help their children succeed. I feel incredibly lucky and honored to be a part of this dedicated, loving, and inspiring school.

 

Andrea Davis

When I was younger, I was inspired by the teachers I had. They encouraged me, pushed me, and valued the potential I did not know I had. I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up because of the way that my teachers made me feel- happy. I wanted to do that for other people. As I grew older, I realized I wanted to have a career that had a deep sense of meaning to it.

My parents always instilled in me that spending your life for a passionate and worthy cause is a life worth living. Creating a safe space for children, to grow emotionally and academically, to broaden their perspectives to create an inclusive mindset, are changes that have an effect. I decided that my classroom would be a sanctuary, a place where love is given freely, no exceptions. It is a place of fairness, one where students understands their words have immense power. As an educator, I am humbled by the potential of each of my students.

San Diego Global Vision Academy is very different than any other site I have been a part of. There are school-wide expectations that allow students a sense of stability throughout their educational experience. Professional development is a top priority, which allows teachers to continue their work and determination for this career. There is a unique sense of teamwork that invites parents and all staff members to play a major role in the education of the whole child. I have been humbled and inspired by my time at SDGVA.

 

Nicole Duncan

I’ve taught in different cities, states, and schools. For me personally, school was the only constant in my life and largely impacted who I became. I’ve dedicated my life and my passion to educating for this very reason. From the moment I stepped foot on SDGVA for the very first time, I felt something different, that I hadn’t felt on any other campus before. There is an overwhelming feeling of acceptance, uniformity, inclusion, and love present on this campus. At any moment, you can tour any given classroom and notice immediately that the people placed in front of students aren’t there by mistake. It’s evident that every Adult on campus is on the same team and has the best interest of the students at heart. I’ve never been around so many individuals who are committed to bettering the lives of the students they touch. SDGVA has a way of bringing out the joy, passion, and core of why I became an educator. It aligns with my personal values and philosophy on teaching. 

 

Jennifer Powell

I believe that each and every person has a calling and a purpose in life. My calling is to teach and my purpose is to impact young learners, guide them and help them grow into the best version of themselves. I want to model to students what compassion, hard work, support and love looks like.  I believe every student deserves a teacher who sees a challenge as a learning experience and a struggle as an opportunity to grow. Those are the teachers you get here at SDGVA. Teachers who are passionate and motivated to take on anything that comes their way. They are truly inspiring.

I am honored to be a teacher at SDGVA. This school was built on serving the needs of every individual student, no matter what that may look like. We constantly strive to make school a safe, comfortable, stable, learning environment for all of our children.

 

Angela Barley

I teach because I want to make a lasting impression on the world, to make a difference and influence generations so that the future is more equitable, and loving.  I believe education is the key to a person's success and happiness in life, and to be a part of that by giving them that key which they might not have had access to before is an honor and privilege.

At SDGVA I feel supported, loved, encouraged and pushed to do my job to the best of my abilities.  I feel that being here makes me want to be a better teacher and overall a better person.  Seeing all the other teachers passion is great motivation.

 

Amanda Adair

Teaching is not something that I just do; teaching is a part of what makes me complete. I have the opportunity to work with young people as they discover and form opinions about the world. I work with colleagues who never give up on students, and continually seek out avenues to give students tools to be successful. We maintain high expectations so that young people can develop a self-belief that they can do something great. Being a teacher is more than teaching ABC or 123. We strive to give them tools to be productive, noble citizens in a world that will continually challenge them. 

 

Chad Armstrong

Teaching at SDGVA has changed my concept of what it means to be a teacher. Each educator works tirelessly to develop students as learners and to help the students become positive leaders in the community. What I am most impressed with is that all decisions at the school are made with the students best interests at heart.  I could not ask for a more nurturing community to be a part of while I grow as a teacher.

 

Adrian Trayer

SDGVA is where I teach because it empowers me to teach the realities of our world in a context that is safe and honest. I teach at SDGVA because I am encouraged to continue my own personal journey of self-discovery and understanding as an educator and global citizen. I teach at SDGVA because teaching is political, and I strongly believe in the social justice mission of education that is the backbone of this school.

 

Amie Waller

I teach because it brings me joy. I teach because I want to be the teacher I wish I had. I teach because I remember being the kid that instead of bringing the confusion and chaos of home into the classroom,hid it away and tried to hide. I remember those teachers that took a minute to try to get beyond what they saw on the outside, and shine a light on who I could be.

I teach at SDGVA because there is no other school quite like it. ln  My career in humane education and literacy coaching brought me to schools across California. But something kept calling me home to SDGVA. It could be the students curiosity, resilience  and deep capacity for kindness. It could be the staff that always put students first. All I know is that I am deeply proud to be a part of SDGVA and seeing what amazing people our students are becoming.

 

Terra David

I teach at SDGVA because I am lucky enough to be given that gift!  I knew I wanted to be in a charter school or alternative education setting.  I looked for a place with quality leadership and a real team of dedicated educators where I could learn, grow, and practice becoming a better person and teacher everyday in a supportive community.  SDGVA has been more than I asked for and I am very grateful. 

 

Tori Pinkston

I teach at SDGVA because we value student’s behavior just as much as we value their learning. At SDGVA we are not only educating our students to become better learners, but also educating our students on how to be kind, resilient, and leaders within our community.

 

Jaclyn Brown

I teach because I love children. I love that they can help to inspire me to become a better person by forcing me to reflect on each day, good or bad. I love that although I might be able to help them get through hard times in their lives, they do the exact same for me without even having to think about it. Children are undeniably unapologetic in the love they give and truly don’t expect anything in return. That is why I teach.

 

Aja Booker

I realize that my students replenish me on a regular basis. I am a better human being because of them. I have learned so much from my students. They prompt me to think about who I am, who I want to be, I am humbled on a daily basis. My students inspire me to do better and be better!

 

Ben Bates

I chose to become a physical education teacher based on an immense passion for physical fitness, and the desire to help prepare and equip students to develop and maintain active, healthy lifestyles. I hope to help each student acquire the knowledge, skills, and confidence required to actively participate in fitness related activities, relevant to their own unique passions, that they will choose to continue pursuing throughout their lives.

 

Jennifer Dreher

I choose to teach at SDGVA because the teachers at this site share my long-term goals I have for students. We not only stress academics but it is also accompanied with the focus on students being respectful and responsible. I have never met a group of people that are so invested in their students and have their best interest as a top priority

 

Anne Bartholomew

It is an honor to teach at SDGVA. It is a school that radiates a deep dedication and genuine commitment to students and a spectacular example of what education can look like. It is empowering as a teacher to be part of a community so invested in supporting educators and I'm inspired by everyone on site on a daily basis.  I teach because I want all kids to know their presence matters and that their critical thinking, curiosity, leadership and kindness is what can change our world. I teach at SDGVA because I believe in everything it stands for!

 

Melissa McGhee

I have been lucky enough to work at SDGVA in a variety of roles. Starting first as a substitute teacher, I was impressed by the leadership, compassion and professionalism of the administration, support staff and teachers. SDGVA truly values the importance of education and puts their students’ needs first. I was given the opportunity to further my knowledge by student teaching at SDGVA where I continued to see how special this school was. SDGVA provides its teachers and staff with the tools necessary to be outstanding educators through continuous training, professional development and support.

I am honored to embark on my next role at SDGVA as a teacher and feel fortunate to work at a school whose purpose is to provide meaningful and outstanding education to its students while promoting leadership, respect and diversity. It is incredible to work at a school who shares the same passion for learning.