Trident Academy has a bright future for bright minds.

Trident Academy welcomes Kathy Cook as the head of school, effective July 1, 2013. Cook comes in with a strong understanding that all children learn differently and everyone must work together to help all children succeed. She will be looking for strong community and parent support moving forward in this tremendous endeavor.

“I am proud to continue Trident Academy’s 41-year tradition of excellence,” Cook explains. “It is extremely exciting to work with the team of professionals that are currently in place and are so passionate about working with children who learn differently.”

Cook’s top goals are to provide instructional leadership in following the Common Core curriculum standards, build leaders among both faculty and students, and to ensure all students are given the tools to transition from Trident Academy. Cook wants everyone involved in a student’s education to be working toward getting the student ready to transition and integrate into his/her next academic adventure outside of Trident Academy. A successful student in Cook’s eyes will spend a few years (or less) at Trident Academy before successfully transitioning to a traditional school.

Trident Academy recently announced a new School for Asperger’s/HFA and the Center for Learning Difference Education. Cook was specifically selected by the Board of Trustees as the new head of school because of her experience in educating all students who learn differently. Read more about Cook’s background.

“I have worked my entire career with children who have tremendous intelligence but have not been taught in the way they learn,” Cook explains. “In my most recent position, I worked closely with students with Asperger’s Syndrome, but I have also been trained in the Scottish Rite, which is similar to the Orton-Gillingham approach used at Trident Academy and I’m excited to be surrounded by educators with strong Orton-Gillingham backgrounds. We will continue to bring in teachers who believe in the Orton-Gillingham method and want to achieve higher levels of training.

Cook is excited by the strong community support for an academic school for Asperger’s students. She is already working with Nicole McLain, director of the School for Asperger’s/HFA to bring in a specialized team. Her background in, and love of, music and reading will be shared with all Trident Academy students through music and art activities designed to help remediate their learning differences.

Kathy Cook can be reached at kcook@tridentacademy.com.

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