Mesa Campus K-6
4507 S. Mountain Rd
Mesa, Arizona 85212
P: (480) 420-2110
F: (480) 420-2109
School Hours: 8:00am to 3:00pm
Office Hours: 7:30am to 4:00pm
Welcome to our Mesa K-6 Campus
Meet Our Campus Administration, Mr. Sinclair and Mrs. Coleman
||Mr. Sinclair helped start American Leadership Academy in 2009 and served as its first Director and a member of the Board of Directors. Since 2009, Mr. Sinclair has helped American Leadership Academy grow from 180 students to nearly 6000 students. Mr. Sinclair currently serves as the Director of the American Leadership Academy – Mesa campus and as a member of the Board of Directors.|
|Angi Coleman has been in the field of education for over 10 years. Mrs. Coleman started her career as a special education teacher, working with students in grades K-6 with various disabilities. She also taught a self contained autism class with students from 1st-3rd grades. After that, Mrs. Coleman moved into the general education classroom and taught 5th grade for several years. In 2015, Mrs. Coleman transitioned from the classroom to administration as the assistant director at the Mesa campus. Mrs. Coleman received her undergraduate degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. In December of 2014, Mrs. Coleman graduated from Arizona State University with a Masters degree in curriculum and instruction. She is currently working on her 2nd Masters degree from Arizona State University in Educational Leadership. Mrs. Coleman lives in Mesa with her husband, two children, and three cats. She enjoys long walks on the beach, traveling with her family, hiking, and trying new restaurants.|
I have been doing a lot of thinking about what motivates us. In speaking with our special education department, they have shared that the most difficult issue they deal with is when a student shows a lack of motivation to learn. Parents have also expressed concerns regarding this issue. The old adage, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink”, seems to apply. Many of you have heard me share that our goal is to have our students do the right thing because it is right, not out of fear of reprisal. The goal is, not carrot or stick, but intrinsic motivation. How do we get there?
As a parent, I have chosen not to pay my children to do any chores around the house. My oldest son has the responsibility to have the yard clean and green every Saturday. This was something we struggled with for over a year. When the job was not done properly, he would lose a privilege, or be assigned an extra job. While he maintained a good attitude, punishment did not seem to produce the desired behavior, a clean and green lawn. In March, I went out of town for 9 days, including two weekends. I asked my son to take special care of the yard in my absence. He did; when I got home I lavished him in praise and thanks. Since that day, he has been diligent with his yard work. He takes pride in a job well done, and does not need any remuneration to get the job done.
While every person is different, there are some commonalities that we can focus on. Rewards and consequences should be done quickly, then move on. When a consequence is needed, give it, and then immediately let your child know you love them in a meaningful way. A long drawn out punishment is hard on you, because you have to enforce it. It may also cause your child to identify as a “bad” kid if they are in trouble too often or too long. Rewards can and should be at an emotional level; love and time with your child are best. Avoid rewarding with money or gifts. They can be construed as payment for desired behavior, they tend to destroy intrinsic motivators, and tend not to be effective. How do you get the desired behavior when you have nothing to bribe or pay with?
Summer is fast approaching! Before you know it, it will be time to start prepping for the 16-17 school year. I’m sure many of you are anxious to find out who your child’s teacher will be for next year. I wanted to take a moment to explain how the process will work.
As soon as the 15-16 school year ends, we begin the task of assigning students to their teachers. This is a timely process as many things need to be taken into account, such as student data, teacher input, parent requests, and special needs. We anticipate class lists will be finalized the last week in July. We then communicate this information to our teachers. Teachers are asked to reach out to each parent via email and a personal phone call. You can expect to hear from your child’s new teacher starting the last week in July and going into the first week of August.
We are looking forward to a productive summer and a great kick off to the 16-17 school year!
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About American Leadership Academy
Our charter schools were designed with a vision to provide the best educational experience to as many students as possible in a moral and wholesome environment. Are you exploring local schools or seeking a charter school K-6 or charter junior high and high school for your child? For the 2015 – 2016 school year, we will have 8 campus locations in the state of Arizona. Our campuses are located in Gilbert, Mesa, San Tan Valley, Queen Creek and Anthem South.
|Our Vision:||Our Mission:|
|Learn. Lead. Change the World!||To provide the best educational experience to as many students as possible in a moral and wholesome environment.|
Our Innovative Curriculum
In the lower school, the curriculum is structured in the Core Knowledge Sequence, which outlines the knowledge to be taught at each grade level. The curriculum is structured in a coherent, cumulative and content specific way, so students build knowledge in language arts, math, science, history, geography, and fine arts. The upper school curriculum builds on the classical education philosophy with a strong emphasis on liberal arts and studying the masters. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of a charter school K-6 or charter high school for your child, additional information about our charter schools in Gilbert, Mesa, San Tan Valley, Queen Creek and Anthem South, Arizona (AZ) can be found on our website. Please browse our website to read about our leadership program, curriculum, and school culture. We accept new student registrations at our charter schools or you can complete the application on our website.