Welcome to Burke County Life Center (BCLC), where opportunities are provided for students to be successful in a non-traditional setting!
It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the Principal at BCLC. I have been an educator in the Burke County School System since 1997. In my twenty-three years, I have been a paraprofessional (BES), a teacher (BES), a coach (BCHS), an assistant principal (WPS/BES/SGA), and a principal (SGA/BCAS/BCLC). During my tenure, I have received accolades such as Teacher of the Year (BES ’06), Coach of the Year, and Assistant Coach of the Year.
As a native of Burke County, I have built and continue to build positive relationships with students and their families. The rapport we establish with one another is beneficial to our growth and maturity. These relationships are also essential for student learning.
At BCLC, we encourage and build participation by drawing out students’ contribution to their own learning. We also recognize students for what they have achieved, helping them to build a positive reputation for themselves. Thirdly, we instill motivation by building students’ confidence and capabilities through school-wide Positive Behavior Reinforcements (PBIS).
Many years ago, I adopted the cliché, “All students can learn, but not in the same way or at the same rate.” I never knew my thoughts earlier in my career would prove useful in my years as an alternative program principal because at BCLC we know that our students will not learn in the same manner or at the same pace. Therefore, their experiences at BCLC will be completely different from those in a traditional school. We offer non-traditional hours for 11th and 12th graders, we offer opportunities for credit recovery, as well as offer smaller class sizes which allows for more individualized instruction.
Be unafraid to take the road less travelled by: