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Employee Spotlight: Caitlyn Scales

It was a typical Athlos work day for Caitlyn Scales. After spending much of the previous night on connecting flights from Idaho to Louisiana, she found a spare moment to take a break in the park between her meetings, trainings, and primers with local influencers, authorizers, and governing board members.

Educator of Excellence: Yolanda Cantu

Visit Athlos Leadership Academy in Brownsville, TX on any day, at any time, and you’re sure to see her. Whether she’s welcoming students in the morning, cheering on athletes after school, supporting the chess team in regional competitions, or interacting with students and teachers in the classroom, Yolanda Cantu is always present.

Top 10 Takeaways from Crucial Conversations

Conversations come in many forms, from friendly to professional, from low-risk to high-stakes, and from relaxed to tense. Every day we engage in numerous conversations, each which play important roles in shaping our expectations, relationships, and outcomes. Navigating conversations effectively takes certain skills, such as social intelligence, courage, self-control, and even humility.

Lost…. and Found

Being lost is something we all try to avoid. Apprehension, despair, confusion, and hopelessness are a handful of the emotions a lost person experiences. Many of the Athlos Performance Character traits are employed when overcoming these distressing elements of being lost. The Athlos Academies staff recently read the book What is the What by Dave Eggers, which is a story of the Lost Boys of Sudan and how one of these young men, Valentino Achak Deng, exemplifies optimism, initiative, and grit in the face of unfathomable circumstances.

“Students are hearing what you are not saying”

In education, a question is often asked, “What makes a great teacher?” Of course, the term “great” is subjective but we can all name that one person (or if you are lucky the several) that reached our definition of great. For many of us, while sitting in a less than stimulating classroom, what we heard from our teachers was very similar to what Charlie Brown heard!