The Brook Hill School  opens new LEAP Lounge

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, The Brook Hill School welcomed its new LEAP Lounge. The new, innovative space is unlike any other in the area. Additionally, with the number of students who learn differently growing every year, spaces and programs like LEAP are becoming an essential part to a holistic education.

The Lower School Learning Enrichment & Academic Potential (LEAP) program exists to not only help students realize their academic potential through support programs, but also enrich the learning environment of students through innovative programs that develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.

The brand new LEAP Lounge is a space where students can not only receive support services, but also to serve as a meeting space for our enrichment programs.

The new space is fitted with special furniture and desks to facilitate a better learning environment and allow students and faculty to have productive learning sessions. In addition to our Leap Director and Academic Intervention Specialist, we also have two teaching assistants to aid students.

Get a sneak peek of the new lounge and learn more about our program here: https://www.brookhill.org/leap/

Here is some additional information that is also on the website:

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

Brook Hill's Lower School LEAP Program provides training and alternative instructional support, promotes student learning labs, and facilitates parent-school communication to foster student growth. Our program is teacher initiated, student-centered, and skill specific. We offer:

* Support services for students with learning differences

* Alphabetic Phonics Curriculum, developed at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

* Multi-sensory Teaching Approach (MTA)

* Take Flight

* Mathematical Skills

* Alphabet and Dictionary Skills

* Letter Sound Correspondence

* Reading and Spelling Rules

* Sight Words

* Fluency

LEARNING ENRICHMENT

In order to enrich learning and promote twenty-first century skills, Brook Hill's LEAP Program facilitates professional development, the innovative use of integrated technology, hands-on learning experiences, and club opportunities.

* Student Clubs: Robotics, Lego, Literacy, Cheer and Dance and many others

* Guard Dog Mentoring Program

* Cadet Singer Choir

* Art Academy

* Orchestra Academy

* Academic Competitions: ACSI, PSIA, Math Olympics, Speech Meet and many others

* Integrated Technology like iPads, Virtual Reality Headsets, Computers, Promethean Boards, and many others

MERI MULLICANE

LEAP Director

With more than 30 years of experience in education, a B.S. in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education, Mullicane is eager to help Brook Hill's students realize their potential. Her experience as a district coordinator for dyslexia has given her the wisdom to provide valuable feedback to teachers and administrators on best practices, curriculum implementation, and effective teaching for students with a variety of needs, gifts, and talents.

Mullicane believes in "the limitless potential of all students." A mindset she intends to impart to our students through the LEAP Program.

"As a parent of two Brook Hill graduates, I know the passion and commitment of the teachers, administrators, and families at Brook Hill and I believe in the mission of the school," Mullicane said. "Brook Hill is much more than a school, it is a family with Christian values that is committed to educating the whole child."

GAYLA MCKNIGHT

Academic Intervention Specialist

McKnight received her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M-Commerce and her Master of Education from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, with a specialization in Learning Therapy (dyslexia remediation). She also obtained a Certificate of Learning Therapy from Southern Methodist University. McKnight is a Certified Academic Language Therapist through the Academic Language Therapy Association, as well as a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist by the state of Texas. She has taught students with learning differences for over 26 years with 17 years as an Academic Language Therapist. She received training in Alphabetic Phonics at SMU and later trained in Take Flight when Scottish Rite restructured their curriculum. She also audited MTA training.

McKnight loves to see students flourish and succeed and has spent her life helping them become the best version of themselves.

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