Building to Learn

Building to learn. This statement can be literal or figurative in meaning.

Figuratively, every new school year, we work with our students on building the skills they need to learn and succeed. This year, though, we are literally opening a new building in which our students will learn.

After years of planning, fundraising, designing, coordinating, and more, we are finally reaching a milestone and opening our new Middle school and expanded Learning Center space. It will allow us to fulfill elements of all three major goals and priorities identified in our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan:

  • Enhance our core academic program
  • Strengthen our impact locally and nationally
  • Expand our long-term sustainability

This is the culmination of the aspirations and hard work of countless people and will transform our school now and for years to come. For those who founded HRS in the early ‘80s, we owe a debt of gratitude for their conviction in the importance of sustaining and honoring our mission: to ignite the academic and creative potential of students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences.

In each of the decades since our founding, others picked up the torch to ensure our future. This new middle school demonstrates the commitment of our community to growing the educational vision of our school. It will allow HRS to continue to innovate, influence, and inspire. I cannot wait to celebrate with our entire community during our grand opening event.

As we embark on another school year and expand our program, I am pleased to announce Lindsey Key will be supporting our faculty in the role of Director of Teaching and Learning. Lindsey joined HRS in 2016 and has 14 years of teaching experience. She will further elevate our program as we continue to grow. I am also thrilled to welcome Juli Rangel as our Director of Admissions. For more than a decade, Juli has been working with students and their families with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences. She is excited to embrace our philosophy that ‘learning has no limits’. You can read more about Lindsey and Juli on pages 5 and 7 of this newsletter. There are other new faculty and staff who we are delighted to welcome to the school. Watch for details in upcoming social media posts.

Finally, on October 1, we will launch the 2022 Lift Up! annual fund appeal. The theme Lift Up! is all about the opportunity to elevate HRS. Gifts to the annual fund provide an uplift in resources to support our program, our students, and our teachers. Thank you for your generous contributions. A little lift can make a big difference!

It is through the dedication and energy, coupled with the generous support of many, that our school is poised to elevate our impact.

Stacy Turner,
Head of School

Read more from Stacy Turner in his monthly blog.