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Profiles in Support: Mark Root

Our Profiles in Support vividly illustrate how supporting the Foundation has far-reaching positive impacts. We are fortunate to have such creative and committed teachers that inspire our children to achieve the extraordinary. This time, we’re pleased to profile Mark Root:

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How long have you been part of the Endeavor Family?
I have worked at Endeavor Charter School since it opened in 2008.

MarkRoot.headshotHow are you involved in the school?
I currently teach 7th and 8th grade social studies here at Endeavor. I also have a 7th grader, Connor, that is a student at Endeavor. I taught him in 5th grade, as well as this year.

In addition to teaching 7th and 8th grade, I taught 5th grade for the first 3 years that Endeavor was open. I “moved up” to the Middle School a couple of years ago since I had taught social studies at other schools for 10 years when the position became available.

At Endeavor, I have helped mentor other teachers, put together community service projects and taught a NASCAR enrichment class after school. I have found my involvement with the NC Food Bank (Souper Bowl Canned Food Drive) and the American Cancer Society (Team Endeavor) to be very fulfilling with our school mission of helping those in need in our local community.

What motivates you to support Endeavor?
As a teacher and parent, I feel it is my responsibility to support public education. At Endeavor, we’re very fortunate because we have a very involved community of parents that go above and beyond to provide our students with the best opportunities to be successful and to do things that otherwise would not be an option.

Why do you think it’s important to give to the Foundation?
It’s vital that we all pitch in and contribute to the Foundation because the money and resources that the state and county provide aren’t adequate. We are very fortunate to be able to provide a private school setting at no cost to our families. With the state of school budgets dwindling and money coming in smaller amounts, we have to kick in and help keep the level of instruction high. By donating to the Foundation, we can keep that high level of hands-on activities and quality instruction.

Mark.Root.FamilyDo you have any advice for new parents at Endeavor?
My advice to new parents at Endeavor is to get involved early and become a part of the school-wide community. Joining PAWS and sitting in on to the monthly Board Meetings are a good way to find out what’s going on at ECS…

There are a lot of great things happening everyday at ECS and by coming in to volunteer for lunch and recess coverage, parents get to see that first hand. If your child is in the upper grades, getting involved with athletics is also a great way to meet other families and to be a part of the school community.

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Thank you, Mark, for all that you do for Endeavor!  And thanks to all our dedicated parents that make the difference at Endeavor.

Please continue our strong legacy of support by contributing to the Capital Campaign today.  Every contribution takes us one step closer to having a permanent home for Endeavor.

Stand by for more updates and thank you for following!

Profiles in Support: Alison Hester

As previously mentioned, the faculty of creative and committed teachers are clearly one of the elements that makes Endeavor Charter School shine. In our ongoing quest to show the many ways our community supports the work of the Foundaton, we caught up with Alison Hester this week to get her perspectives as an Endeavor teacher.

Alison.Hester.HeadshotHow long have you been part of the Endeavor Family?

I’ve been a part of Endeavor since day one, when the doors opened in 2008.

How are you involved in the school?

I teach the 2nd grade, and I also have morning care in my room.  In addition to 2nd grade, I help with the school’s band program, and when I can, I also like to teach afterschool programs.

What motivates you to support Endeavor?

There are so many reasons to support Endeavor, but it mainly can be found in the school’s charter.  The “Learn by Doing” philosophy translates into the many activities we’re able to work into our lesson plans. Having that leeway is very motivating because I get to see over and over again how the activities make learning come alive for the students.

Why do you think it’s important to contribute to the Foundation?

We are in great need of more space! Our classrooms at the current school are small, and being in a leased facility in a commercial area puts constraints on the activities we’re able to do. The Foundation’s goal of bringing a new school of our own to fruition will make a big difference on a daily basis for the in-class experience of both the teachers and the students.

Alison.Hester.FamilyDo you have any advice for new parents at Endeavor?

Let me start by saying that I absolutely love teaching at this school! If you have teachers that love teaching, it will rub off on the kids and they will love coming to school.

Please get involved with the school in any way you can because parents make a big difference for a charter school.  Please include the Foundation in how you engage with the school because the new facility will make it possible for teachers to take their love of teaching to new heights by providing them with more space to have fun learning experience for the students.

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Thank you, Alison, for all that you do for the school!  And thanks to all our other dedicated teachers that make the difference at Endeavor.

Please continue our strong legacy of support by contributing to the Capital Campaign today.  Every contribution takes us one step closer to having a permanent home for Endeavor.

Stand by for more updates and thank you for following!

Profiles in Support: Amy Wilson

Endeavor Charter School is fortunate to have a faculty of creative and committed teachers, providing an in-class environment that inspires our children to reach far beyond the ordinary.

Their diverse backgrounds really come to life at a school like Endeavor, where the “Learn by Doing” philosophy lends itself to an interdisciplinary view of the curriculum and a team approach to teaching. We caught up with Amy Wilson to get her profile:

How long have you been part of the Endeavor Family?
Amy.Wilson.HeadshotI have been a part of the Endeavor family since 2009. This was the year my oldest daughter began Kindergarten at Endeavor. We knew that this was an exciting time for our family…so many new adventures…a new job, a child beginning kindergarten, and we had recently had our youngest daughter join our family. It wasn’t until later that year that our family realized how lucky we were that Endeavor became part of our lives.

How are you involved in the school?
I teach 2nd grade and serve on the leadership team. I also volunteer for lunch duty and chaperone field trips.

What motivates you to support Endeavor?
I support Endeavor because I have seen the difference this school makes for children. As a teacher, I have never felt more excited about my teaching as I have while working here. Teachers are allowed the creativity to plan hands-on activities to keep children engaged in their learning. We are pushed as educators, to always be looking for new and exciting ways to get information to children.

We are also supported by a wonderful administration and curriculum coordinators to help us be the best we can be for our students. My daughter has shown tremendous growth both socially and academically since beginning school at Endeavor. She LOVES coming to school and that is very important to our family!

Why do you think it’s important to contribute to the Foundation?
While working at Endeavor for the last 4 years I have been amazed at what we have accomplished as a staff and a community. Our school’s community is small and I think that is important. We know one another and support one another in many ways.

When walking into our building there is an overwhelming sense of happiness and belonging that children and adults feel, despite what our physical building looks like.

April.Wilson.FamilyI am proud to be a part of this community and am so thankful that my daughter is too! It is exciting to bring all of these wonderful feelings into a a new building to call “home.”

Do you have any advice for new parents at Endeavor?
If you are a new parent of Endeavor try to get involved in the school. Volunteer in your child’s classroom, chaperone a field trip, help with Cafe Days, or support the PAWS organization By doing so, you will be able to see for yourself what makes Endeavor such a wonderful school and a special place to be a part of!

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Thank you, Amy, for all that you do! And thanks to all our other dedicated teachers that make the difference at Endeavor.

Please continue our strong legacy of support by contributing to the Capital Campaign today.  Every contribution takes us one step closer to having a permanent home for Endeavor.

Stand by for more updates and thank you for following!

Profiles in Support: John Balla

Our Profiles in Support are designed to highlight examples of why so many people support the Foundation. It’s not simply about needing to move out of our current facility by June 2014 – it’s also about the many ways the new school brings our “we learn by doing” motto to life. That said, we caught up with John Balla, one of our many parent volunteers, to take a break from his busy schedule to check in with us about supporting the Foundation. Here’s what he shared with us:

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How long have you been part of the Endeavor Family?

JB.WorkAvatarI got involved before the first day of classes by helping build enthusiasm for one of the first fundaisers at the old Pizzeria Uno at Brier Creek, setting up and cleaning the new and donated desks, whiteboards and bulletin boards and then heading up “PAWS,” the new parent-teacher organization.

Both of our children, Lilly (class of ’12) and Alex (7th grade this year) enrolled on day one in 2008.

How are you involved in the school?

Both Lauren and I volunteer to supervise lunch and recess and chaperone field trips when we can. Right now, I’m spearheading the communications strategy to support its Capital Campaign fundraising effort, and I was the founding president of PAWS back in the early days of the school. Lauren has been the Cultural Arts chair for PAWS and provides in-class pottery enrichment to the arts curriculum each year for almost all grades.

What motivates you to support Endeavor?

There are so many reasons why I support the school, but it primarily boils down to two: Lilly and Alex.

Both of our children have benefitted in profound ways from the curriculum, the teaching philosophy and the very environment they are a part of. When we entered the lottery back in early 2008, we took a huge leap of faith that Endeavor would be all that its charter application promised to be, and we’ve found that it’s so much better than we ever imagined.

There is no single reason why Endeavor is great – it’s the whole package. Here are three to start:

  • The “Learn by Doing” philosophy and the emphasis on public speaking engage the children in an interactive learning experience that brings the subject matters alive.  And knowing from personal experience how much I have to prepare for any presentation to a group – I know that element of the school’s philosophy is enabling our children to understand their subjects and develop self-confidence that few other ways can do.
  • Another piece is the need for heavy parent involvement at the school – I see it as a huge opportunity to model positive behaviors for the children and also to get to know them better as the friends of my own children.
  • The small class size and the dedication of the teachers enables a level of teaching and caring that’s simply not possible at nearby public schools. We know this from first-hand experience. And the school sets a very high bar for teachers that time and again are met and exceeded – it’s clear in so many ways that I can’t begin to detail the ways the Endeavor teachers set themselves apart from their peers at public schools.

Why do you think it’s important to give to the Foundation?

A donation to the Foundation is literally going to help ensure the ongoing existence of the school. Since the lease on the existing building ends in June 2014, there is no choice – the school needs to move. And appropriate buildings and locations for a school are not easy to find, considering how the land search committee considered over 100 possibilities and made physical site visits to over 50 of them!

Do you have any advice for new parents at Endeavor?

Beach4aSoon after your child begins at Endeavor, it will really become clear how you’re lucky to have won the enrollment lottery. What’s really amazing is that the school is so much better than you may think right now.

It’s like winning the lottery over and over with each new quarter – among other reasons because the kids retain so much more due to the way they are taught, the smaller class sizes and not having a long summer break.

The opportunity to get involved with the school is so much greater than at public schools and it makes a difference in ways that are necessary to the very survival of Endeavor.

  • The time you can give to the school by volunteering is critical to the day-to-day operation of the school.
  • The financial support you can provide in the Capital Campaign literally means the difference between having a school or not because the lease runs out in our current facility in June 2014.

So just imagine – If we’re able to be an Honors School of Excellence year after year in a shoebox wedged between a K-Mart and a Home Depot, think what we’ll be able to do with a little more elbow room in our new home. And we all have the chance to make it happen.

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Thank you, John, for all that you do for Endeavor!  And thanks to all our dedicated parents that make the difference at Endeavor.

Please continue our strong legacy of support by contributing to the Capital Campaign today.  Every contribution takes us one step closer to having a permanent home for Endeavor.

Stand by for more updates and thank you for following!

Profiles in Support: Sarah Fellah

We’re pleased to present another Profiles in Support – illustrations of how together we’ll help the Foundation fulfill its mandate to make our new school a reality and bring our “we learn by doing” motto to life.  This time we caught up with Sarah Fellah, one of our parent volunteers without whom our school literally could not function.  Here’s how it looks like from Sarah’s perspective:

How long have you been part of the Endeavor Family? 

S Fellah Head ShotOur family has been part of Endeavor Charter School since the school opened in 2008. Our eldest, Katie, started Kindergarten at ECS that year.

How are you involved in the school?

I have been on the ECS Foundation Committee since it first began in early 2009 and have been steadfast ever since. I am truly committed to seeing this venture thru to the end. I also volunteer for lunch duty and chaperone field trips.

What motivates you to support Endeavor?

When I think of how incredibly LUCKY our family was to have our lottery number picked to be a part of such an incredibly wonderful school, this is what motivates me to support ECS.

When I talk to people out and about in the community and I’m asked “What school to your kids go to?” and I tell them ECS, it’s always the same response, “Oh my goodness, you are SO lucky to have gotten in!” This is what motivates me to support ECS. I try never to take for granted the opportunities given to our family and always feel it incredibly important to give back.

Why do you think it’s important to give to the Foundation?

Our school needs a place to call home and our kids need a place to be able to learn. Our new home will foster a true learning environment for not only our kids, but the future Endeavorites as well.

Do you have any advice for new parents at Endeavor?

S Fellah FamilyMy advice for new parents would be to get involved in some way, shape, or form to continue to make ECS the fabulous school it is, and to never forget what it felt like to be accepted into ECS. Always remember that and never take it for granted. Give back.

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We’re so thankful for all the support Sarah provides the school!  And thanks to all our other supporters that make the difference at Endeavor.

Please continue our strong legacy of support by contributing to the Capital Campaign today.  Every contribution takes us one step closer to having a permanent home for Endeavor.

Stand by for more updates and thank you for following!

Profiles in Support: Maija McAdams

The purpose of our Profiles in Support series is to share the many reasons for supporting the Endeavor Charter School Foundation.

Charter schools depend on parental involvement and support, so the choice to enroll your child comes with a responsibility to be involved. It also represents an opportunity to make a positive impact by participating in the education of confident, well-rounded children.

We can certainly see the positive impact of our Founders, and our next Profile features another one of Endeavor’s founders – Maija McAdams. Maija wears multiple hats and Endeavor, including as Teacher Services Coordinator. Here’s how it all comes together for Maija:

How long have you been part of the Endeavor family?

I have been involved with Endeavor since it was just an idea, several years before the school was opened or even applied for. As one of the three original founders, I co-wrote the application for Endeavor and served on the founding Board of Directors. I also completed the application to ensure our school could be a 501(c)3 tax-exempt entity.

A little know fact is that my husband, Brandon, came up with the name “Endeavor Charter School” about one year before we even applied.

How are you involved in the school?

In the past few years I have served the school in many capacities. Before the school was open, I served as a Board member. Since the school was open I have served as Testing Coordinator, Math and Science Curriculum Coordinator, and most recently I have been serving as Teacher Services Coordinator assisting our 8th graders as the transition to high school, overseeing the Beginning Teacher Program, and helping our teachers find staff development opportunities and maintain an active teaching license.

What motivates you to support Endeavor?

Endeavor was founded before I had children. I was motivated to start the school because I saw felt that the excitement of teaching was slowly draining from many talented professionals. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the two schools I had worked for previously and I adored the administrators I worked under. However, I found that, in a large district where hundreds of thousands of students were being served, the best way to ensure all students needs were met was to streamline the art of teaching as the population of students in each school was consistently in flux. I knew that the administrators, schools, and system I worked for was doing what it needed to meet the needs of all the students. It was then I realized  that some of those difficulties could be alleviated by working in a school like Endeavor, where a significantly smaller population of students could be served by talented professionals and the support of a tight-knit community. I wanted to provide a place where teachers had the luxury of extending their creativity.

Why do you think it’s important to contribute to the Foundation?

Endeavor’s teachers continue to work tirelessly, come up with unique lessons and motivate our students in amazing ways in the small space they are given to work. The Foundation is working to provide a new home for our students and teachers. I can’t imagine how much better our teachers will be able to teach if they had more space, more resources, and a better functioning building.

Do you have any advice for new parents at Endeavor?

I do not have children at Endeavor myself, so, my advice would be to ask questions and get involved. Many times we, as parents, feel uncomfortable or silly asking questions we feel we should already know the answer to.

Just know that every staff member at this school wants you to have the information you need to be a be a part of the Endeavor family!

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We certainly appreciate Maija’s vision and courage with the other founders to start Endeavor Charter School, and for the many ways her ongoing support seems endless. And thanks to all our other supporters that make the difference day-in-and-day-out and over the long haul at Endeavor.

Please continue our strong legacy of support by contributing to the Capital Campaign today.  Every contribution takes us one step closer to having a permanent home for Endeavor.

Stand by for more updates and thank you for following!

Profiles in Support: John Collar

Endeavor Charter School has a very active community of supporters that help the school operate, and also plan for the future. Our all-volunteer Board of Directors is made up mostly of parents. We took a moment to ask our Board members to contribute to our “Profiles in Support” series, and we were happy to catch up with the Foundation treasurer John Collar. Like all of our parent volunteers, his time is scarce, so here is the story behind how and why he allocates his support for the school:

How long have you been part of the Endeavor Family?

We’ve been with Endeavor since before it opened its doors in 2008.  Our youngest son Jeremy started 1st grade on opening day.

How are you involved in the school?

I have been a Board member and the Treasurer of the Endeavor Charter School Foundation since its inception.  I was involved in the early stages with the organization of the Foundation, the creation of the Home for the Pride campaign and the various committees that worked so hard to locate the school’s permanent home.

On the operational side, I have maintained the Foundation’s books and compliance with its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

What motivates you to support Endeavor?

The passion of the Endeavor Community motivates me to support the school.  In those weeks leading up to opening day at Endeavor, my wife encouraged me to help the school get ready.  The charter school concept was new to me and I did not realize the extraordinary amount of work that needed to be done before the school could open.  There was a plea to help set up classrooms, repair desks, hang whiteboards, set up computers & networks, paint, plant, set up the playground.

I will never forget seeing all the devoted teachers and parents working so hard together during those weekends leading up to opening day in 2008.

It was then that I realized how special Endeavor would be and how fortunate I was to have an opportunity to help.

Do you have any advice for new parents at Endeavor?

Get involved!  The future success of Endeavor depends on the commitment of the parents.  There are many ways to help, from the classroom to the board room, and along the way your child will begin to understand what it means to learn by doing.

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Thank you, John, for all that you do!  And thanks to all our other dedicated parents that make the difference at Endeavor.

Please continue our strong legacy of support by contributing to the Capital Campaign today.  Every contribution takes us one step closer to having a permanent home for Endeavor.

Stand by for more updates and thank you for following!

Profiles in Support: Christi Whiteside

Our Profiles in Support have been created to show the many ways that supporting the Foundation completes a variety of ways that we make a difference for our children.

Because North Carolina charter schools are high-involvement propositions, the choice to enroll your child comes with a responsibility to be involved. It also represents an opportunity to make a positive impact on the world we leave behind by participating in the education of confident, well-rounded children.

With that in mind, it’s with great pleasure we present the profile of one of Endeavor’s founders – Christi Whiteside. Christi is one of the Endeavor parents, and she is also the Language Arts and Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator. Here’s how the story unfolds for Christi:

How long have you been part of the Endeavor family?

I am one of the founders of Endeavor Charter School, so I have always been a part of the school. Endeavor evolved from long conversations around the kitchen table and became the school we see today.  Endeavor is a part of my heart.  It has also been important to my children.

My son attended ECS for four years and has now successfully transitioned into high school, where he is thriving both academically and socially.  My daughter has been at ECS since its opening, and she  is currently a happy third grader.

How are you involved in the school?

In my job description, I serve as the Language Arts and Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator at Endeavor.  In this capacity I am able to work with all students and most teachers as a co-teacher, small group leader, or lead teacher.  I have the privilege of watching the students in our stable community grow each year. I also serve as a member of the school’s administrative team and work with many stakeholder groups in that capacity. Those familiar with charter schools, however, know that members of a small staff all wear many hats.  So, I have been known to substitute teach, supervise students at lunch and recess, answer the phones, bandage boo-boos, change light bulbs, and plunge toilets. Perhaps my most important job is that I greet students by name as they enter the building each day.  The personal greeting by name lets all students know they are valued and welcome.

[Click here to see a short video that starts with our founders greeting children at the door - the opening scene to every school day at Endeavor!]

What motivates you to support Endeavor?

Endeavor started with nothing but an idea.  There was no money, no building, no students, and no staff.  Now, four years later we have a stable student body and talented faculty and we’ve achieved so much:

  • We have accumulated the materials needed to conduct day to day operations as well as host  enormous special events.
  • We have a fantastic record in all measurable categories: standardized testing, attendance, safety, finances, behavior, and athletics.
  • We are so proud of our performance in the things which cannot be measured:
    • Teachers willing to try new things and never give up,
    • Students supportive of one another and eager to learn even when things get hard,
    • Volunteers who support our mission and help it grow, and
    • A community which has always come through in times of need.
  • We have an established reputation for excellence, and we receive hundreds of interested families each year for a handful of available seats.

How could you not want to support all of that?

Why do you think it’s important to contribute to the Foundation?

The Foundation is the path to a permanent home for the Endeavor Pride.  Endeavor has done amazing things in an extremely limited space.  Our classrooms are too small, we have only one small meeting room, and we have recess in a paved parking lot.  Most recently, we learned that our one small grassy area has been taken from us.  The Foundation is working to provide the one thing our teachers cannot – SPACE! With expanded classrooms, our teachers can offer more hands-on activities and more group opportunities than they have ever been able to offer.  Our students can experience recess and athletic events on grass.  Our community can experience special events together in a large building or in the beauty of nature.   Our teachers can, and do, perform amazing feats on a daily basis, but they cannot make the building bigger.  The Foundation can!

Do you have any advice for new parents at Endeavor?

Ask questions!  We try to convey as much information to new families as possible, but when something is unclear to you, please ask!

There are many ways to get involved, and we need each of you!  Endeavor is truly a community where everyone is important and needed, and the ways to get involved are numerous:

  • Volunteer with your child’s class on field trips, at lunch and recess, or during special events.
  • Use your handy skills on building repairs.
  • Help at a Fine Arts event. Support the teachers in the copy room.
  • Volunteer with PAWS, the Foundation, or the Board of Directors.
  • Help serve food on Café Days.
  • Support our athletes.

Thank you for joining our community, now dive in!

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We’re so thankful for Christi’s vision and courage with the other founders to start Endeavor Charter School, and for the many ways her ongoing support seems endless. And thanks to all our other supporters that make the difference day-in-and-day-out and over the long haul at Endeavor.

Please continue our strong legacy of support by contributing to the Capital Campaign today.  Every contribution takes us one step closer to having a permanent home for Endeavor.

Stand by for more updates and thank you for following!

Profiles in Support: Melissa Dougherty

We’re pleased to present another Profiles in Support – illustrations of how together we’ll help the Foundation fulfill its mandate to make our new school a reality and bring our “we learn by doing” motto to life. This time we caught up with Melissa Dougherty, our math/science curriculum coordinator.  Here’s how it all adds up for Melissa:

How long have you been part of the Endeavor Family?

I have been a part of the ECS family since 2008.  I began at Endeavor as a member of the fifth grade team prior to becoming part of the administrative team as the math/science curriculum coordinator. I came to Endeavor looking for an environment that would reinvigorate me and allow me to try new bigger and better lessons.  I have found that and so much more at ECS.
How are you involved with the school?
I am the math/ science curriculum coordinator at Endeavor Charter School.
I assist teachers in all grade levels with their math and science needs.  I enjoy my job because I get to interact with all students in the building and see them grow from year to year.
What motivates you to support Endeavor?
I support Endeavor because I see the difference it makes for students. The hands-on philosophy was the way I learned best as a student and the way I have found most effective in the classroom as an educator.  My son will start Kindergarten at Endeavor in 2013, and I am excited to see the wonderful things that happen each day in school through his eyes!
Why do you think it’s important to contribute to the Foundation?
Contributing to the Foundation means that you are helping to build something bigger than yourself.  I am proud of what the faculty and families have accomplished thus far, and I can only imagine the great things to come in our new home.
It is exciting to be a part of this school and to realize that the building that is created through parent support will allow thousands of students to experience a quality education in a larger, clean facility.
Do you have any advice for new parents at Endeavor?
If I were to give advice to new ECS parents, I would say to get involved!!!  Your children are only this age once so take the time to come in and be present in the learning experiences going on throughout the building.  I will try to take my own advice next year as I send my own child to ECS!!!
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We’re so thankful for all that you do for the school, Melissa!  And thanks to all our other supporters that make the difference at Endeavor.

Please continue our strong legacy of support by contributing to the Capital Campaign today.  Every contribution takes us one step closer to having a permanent home for Endeavor.

Stand by for more updates and thank you for following!

Profiles in Support: Meghan Thornton

Our Profiles in Support is a way we hope to illustrate the many reasons to support the Foundation. It’s not simply about needing to move out of our current facility by June 2014 – it’s also about the many ways the new school bring our “we learn by doing” motto to life. That said, we had 7th & 8th grade teacher Meghan Thornton take a break from her busy schedule to check in with us about supporting the Foundation.  Here’s what she was able to share:

How long have you been part of the Endeavor Family?

Since July 2012!

How are you involved in the school?

I teach 7th & 8th grade literature and serve on the school leadership team.

What motivates you to support Endeavor?

The kids and the school’s dedication to making administrative and scheduling decisions that are focused on doing what’s best (academically and socially) for kids.

Why do you think it’s important to contribute to the Foundation?

I made the choice to leave another great school in NC and come to Endeavor because I was convinced that Endeavor’s administration was making decisions based on current research in education – not because of finances and tradition alone. I have always strongly believed that reading and literature need to be taught separately from writing and that time for reading should be built into the overall schedule for the reading class!

These are sentiments shared by many reading teachers and researchers. Schools like Endeavor, that build a schedule and actual building which allows for deep study of literature are worth supporting and encouraging!  The Foundation, of course, is the means by which we make the building come to fruition, so contributing to the Foundation is like making an investment in the future of the school.

Do you have any advice for new parents at Endeavor?

I’ve heard some people refer to getting their child into Endeavor as “like winning the lottery.” Of course, admissions is literally by lottery, and they are clearly referring to the notion of being enrolled as something both special and valuable. I actually agree with that viewpoint because Endeavor is such a phenomenal school, but my advice is to think of it not simply as your child being enrolled, but as your entire family being enrolled in the school.

The many ways that parents are involved in running the school is simply unmatched at any other school – public or private, and each way to volunteer is an opportunity to model behaviors that your child and all their friends can learn from and emulate. The other piece of advice is to rememember how donating to the Foundation is like paying it forward because you’re contributing to the continuation of the best school in Raleigh!

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Thank you, Meghan, for all that you do for the school!  And thanks to all our other dedicated teachers that make the difference at Endeavor.

Please continue our strong legacy of support by contributing to the Capital Campaign today.  Every contribution takes us one step closer to having a permanent home for Endeavor.

Stand by for more updates and thank you for following!



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