THE PATHWAY VISION
At Pathway students experience a relaxed learning environment free from the fear of failure. As they build their skills and explore new interests they begin to recognize their personal capabilities and the value of their unique minds, allowing them to develop their God-given potential. Simultaneously, discovering appropriate methods of self-advocacy launches them into the hope of a bright future.
Pathway School’s Teacher of the Month: Kami Green
I have had the wonderful privilege of teaching at this amazing school for almost nine years. My role at Pathway has changed over the years, from teaching middle elementary aged students for most of the years, to the last few years teaching a variety of classes, including art and elementary science. Each week, I see opportunities to nurture them my students, to build them up, to teach them how to succeed and to use their gifts God has blessed them with to glorify Him. We are a family at Pathway. The students trust their teachers, and the teachers have faith in the students. There are countless stories I could tell, of students who have been transformed through God’s use of Pathway. I had a young girl in my elementary class one year that was so anxious, she could hardly speak. Her mom shared with me at a conference that her daughter desperately wanted friends, but didn’t know how to make them. Over the course of the next two years, her teachers loved on her and challenged her to apply herself academically, and this girl began to trust us. She began to talk, and her talking began to showcase a beautiful, witty sense of humor. The young girl mustered up enough bravery, with prayer and practice, to participate in Speech Meet each year, and even wanted a part in the play! Pathway is in the business of being used by God to change lives – to challenge students academically to reach higher than they thought they could, and to learn how to love the God that cares so deeply for them.
I have been deeply encouraged by my work at Pathway the past few years in art class. Art is a common favorite subject among students, and I’ve been really thinking about why. It still isn’t easy for everyone, so what is it about art that is appealing? What I’ve arrived on is the idea that art allows the “right answer” for everyone. Art often is portrayed by the artist, meaning however the creator fashions something – that final product is beautiful, simply because someone had sacrificed time and effort to make it. Right now, we are in the process of creating art pieces to use as fundraising during our Pathway of Hope event coming up on May 14th. We started out the project with a conversation about 1 Corinthians 10:31, which says, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Conversations flowed about how we can do this art project to the glory of God. The students are excited to be able to use their art to inspire and encourage those who would purchase the pieces. Great care is being taken to be patient in all the processes of the project – whether they are boring or breathtaking. The students are learning amazing life lessons through this project – so that it becomes so much more than a fundraising element of the event. The students come out gaining valuable character traits that continue to shape them into people that honor God. This is one of the many reasons I work at Pathway – I can humbly submit myself to Him to be used to do mighty things in the lives of these children, and I can learn just as much from them in the process. Each week I am thrilled to arrive on campus to teach these students. They are eager to grow, willing to change, and learning to conquer the challenges that face them in ways they just didn’t know about before. Pathway School is an amazing place, full of thriving students who are overjoyed to attend there. I am a changed person because of my time spent in this place!
WHAT PARENTS AND STUDENTS SAY ABOUT PATHWAY
“I am writing to you to express my thankfulness for the existence of Pathway School. My daughter is so happy and has made so many friends over the past two years. She really loves the teachers and both of us feel comfortable knowing that she is in a safe and accepting environment. She has grown in many ways and comes home enthusiastic about learning. The teacher’s individual approach to each student is just what we needed to grow and learn. Thank you for conceiving of such a wonderful place for children to get the education they need in a way that they can learn.”
“My school experience from 1st-3rd grade consisted of dragging myself through school guessing on tests, and enduring painstaking reading exercises. I walked with my head down and mumbled when I spoke because I had no confidence. I have accomplished more in the past 5 years than I ever thought possible. My reading and writing abilities were several years below grade level but I have worked diligently to bring them up.”
“I was introduced to Pathway school in South Orange County a couple of years ago, and I was curious why it was touted as THE hidden treasure in the highly competitive educational arena in which we live.”
“My school years before Pathway were like trudging through a swamp. The teachers were crocodiles and homework was the leeches that sucked the life out of me.”