New Facilitators, New Voices at iLEAD Schools

New Facilitators, New Voices at iLEAD Schools

Each school year brings lots of new things. We have new learners, families, projects, resources, technology and more. But one of the most exciting things is welcoming new facilitators into our growing iLEAD community. They bring an authentic sense of adventure, enthusiasm, inquiry and vision into their new roles as iLEAD facilitators. Although they may have new things to learn from veteran facilitators and leaders, they also have much to wisdom to share. We hope they never lose their sense of purpose, mission and unabated excitement. As a project-based community that values the voice of every learner, facilitator, leader, family member and community partner, we’ve invited them to model sharing their perspectives. Here are some thoughts from our new iLEAD voices:

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME AN iLEAD FACILITATOR?

“I have always been a fan of project-based learning, and I am very excited to teach in a school that is centered on PBL. I am very thankful that I am given the opportunity to share new knowledge, techniques and technology that I have learned with my fellow facilitators.”

— Ryleigh Hufgard, 7th/8th Grade Math/Science Facilitator, iLEAD Spring Meadows

“I came across iLEAD by chance and was intrigued immediately before applying. I felt a secure and relatable connection with the school’s ideology and philosophy. As an individual, facilitator, and learner, I have always advocated for social-emotional learning, building healthy relationships, learning through play, and PBL. As soon as I came across iLEAD, I just knew that I needed to apply! While going through the interview process, I felt comfortable and enjoyed the journey. I did not feel the need to give rehearsed or robotic responses, as people may sometimes feel inclined to (especially new graduates). From what I have experienced so far, individuality is vital at iLEAD, and I am grateful to be a part of this community.”

— Emily Rivera, 1st/2nd Grade Facilitator, iLEAD Agua Dulce

“I really like the idea of project-based learning. I wish I could have attended a school like this when I was a student. I am very excited to join the iLEAD family.” 

— Wendy Graffam, Innovation Studios Facilitator, iLEAD Lancaster 

“After our first interview, I was intrigued by iLEAD. The process was so much more than anything I have been through before, and it felt like I would be joining a community and a family.”

— Taylor Bond-Nartey, K-3 Intervention Specialist, iLEAD Spring Meadows

“I want to be able to share my passion for teaching and learning in a supportive and creative environment that allows students to learn according to their needs.”

— Rasheda Young, 7th Grade Humanities Facilitator, iLEAD Lancaster

“I was drawn to the PBL aspects and social-emotional learning aspects.”

— Jena Wilson, 2nd Grade Facilitator, iLEAD Lancaster

“I believe strongly in PBL and the mission of iLEAD Schools.” 

— Jeny Bellavia, 1st Grade Facilitator, iLEAD Spring Meadows

“I really wanted a change or departure from the traditional approach.” 

— Kasandra Gould, 1st/2nd Grade Facilitator, iLEAD Agua Dulce