Saturday, December 01, 2007

Lisa Boyd Parent Profile

Here's a great profile of one of our parents, Lisa Boyd, from the November 2007 Scoop. It provides a great window into how families are experiencing the Academy . . .

You probably have seen Lisa Boyd in your meanderings on campus during
the first couple months of school as she is actively involved. She
is on the field trip committee, the special fund raising committee,
is a classroom liaison and works several library shifts each month.
Certainly, she has figured out how to earn her volunteer hours
quickly! Her beaming smile and energy convey her enthusiasm for our
school in only the way our devoted parents can.

Like all of the parents here at SLO Classical Academy, Lisa Boyd is a
busy woman. With one child in pre-school and her daughter on the
intermediate track she juggles a double duty trying to balance the
needs two children. She confided that it is often challenging to
adequately fulfill all of her duties—with Evan needing pre-K skills
to be developed and Autumn needing her curriculum requirements tended
to, there is the ever present feeling of her wanting to be able to do
more. She manages the best she can and makes sure that she takes
time for herself as well.

The newest outlet that Lisa has discovered as a way to increase her
own personal growth is through the book club offered by Classical
Academy. In fact according to Lisa she “just LOVES it!” After
overcoming her initial feelings of intimidation that the other
parents in attendance would all be literary whizzes and that she
would be out of her league, Lisa discovered a forum where she could
expand her own horizons while at the same time learn new ways to
teach the books at home. By reading the books for the club and then
again with her daughter, she’s “really amazed at how much you get out
of a book reading it for the second time.” She’s relearning
forgotten literary terms, gaining motivation from fellow parents and
most importantly laughing in a relaxed and comfortable, yet somewhat
structured environment. This is not your girlfriend’s book club
where everything BUT the book is discussed. With a little food, a
little wine and a little learning she has found yet another valuable
resource to help integrate both herself and her family into the
fabric of our school.

The Boyd family joined Classical Academy last year when Autumn was in
second grade and has found it to be a great match for them. Lisa
says that Autumn “loves it so much and is so excited by everything,
every day—it’s just a great space for us.”

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