On her second day as the new Head of Trident Academy, Betsy Fanning reflects on her time at this beloved school.
This morning I sit in an office very familiar to me, feeling a sense of awe and wonder. I am the Educational Leader of a school I love, Trident Academy. I came to know this as a magical place when my oldest child was diagnosed with learning disabilities in reading, writing and arithmetic as a third grader. She spent two years at Trident Academy learning how to read, learning how to manage school and learning how to manage life. That was over 25 years ago.
As I sit in this office this morning I am struck with how circular life is. In the fall, my daughter’s daughter will be sitting in a third grade classroom learning much of the same things her mom did as a student here. She, too, will learn how to read, how to manage school and life. She will be taught many of the same strategies her mom learned at the hands of masterful teachers.
Countless numbers of students have walked through the doors of this fine school, this place where children and young people have been able to relax and allow themselves to learn. They have been taught ways to unlock the pathways of learning, the roads to success. It takes hard work, determination and trust. Students at Trident Academy learn to trust their teachers and themselves. They come to know that they are indeed, exceptional people, people who can and will make a difference in this world.
This day marks a new beginning for me. I am humbled and honored to be the steward of this wonderful school. I am excited to be here, to be a part of changing lives, creating success and ensuring bright futures for bright children!