Enrollment increased by one today at the Kenwood Leadership Academy (KLA) when Superintendent Dr. Brad Buck returned to third grade. Dr. Buck joined his classmates in participating in reading groups, cooperative math activities, and classroom learning celebrations, as well as lunch and recess. Dr. Buck wrapped up his visit with a large-group conversation about the experience that included staff and students.
“This was a great experience not only for the students and staff of Kenwood Leadership Academy but for the whole school district,” said David Brandon, KLA Principal. “We are very fortunate to have a leader that is in our schools and willing to experience the great things happening first hand.”
“I really enjoyed experiencing KLA through the eyes of a third grade student as I continue to learn about our amazing school district,” Dr. Buck shared. “The first time I experienced third grade as a student, our family moved and I transitioned from Truman to Van Buren Elementary. One of the most important things that happened in that transition was having my teacher connect me with another student at lunch. She helped start a friendship that continues to this day.”
"This experience did not disappoint," added Stace James-Colbeck, teacher. "With the help of students, Dr. Buck made a smooth transition as a fellow KLA learner. Students reported they felt proud and excited to be able to show him how hard they work while still having fun. Through this unique simulation, I feel Dr. Buck really did get an accurate glimpse into the typical day of a KLA third grader."
See the Gazette's coverage and KCRG's story of the visit.