At Lakeside this is the week of new beginnings.
We’re planning to make the biggest impact yet on those we serve
We have already orientated our new staff, and our returning staff will now join them for our first week of in-service.
It is a time when we ready for the new school year, refresh our classrooms, train in some technology, and anticipate the many continuing and new relationships with students as they enter our schools and counseling offices.
All in all, Lakeside’s schools and programs touch over 2500 students per year in seven counties and over 40 school districts.
But Lakeside is unique in one thing.
Unlike any other organizations of our capacity, we strive to make sure all of our staff are trauma-informed so they see our students through trained trauma lenses.
Our staff see students this unique way and are, therefore, differently skilled so they can help students regulate to overcome some significant odds, which is one reason we have the opportunity to work with them.
Our therapeutic schools have behavioral, clinical and academics departments to give our students the complete services they may need.
Our special education staff are attuned and aware to the diverse special needs of our students.
Our In-School and Mobile Support Counselors are anticipating the types of needs their students will experience as they meet them in their public schools and in their community.
How are our environments different?
Lakeside’s staff are trained to apply the interventions based on current neuroscience which will help students regulate their brains.
Whether it be music in our hallways or regulation areas, our facility dogs, stand-up desks, rocking chairs, or even the supply of fidgets that are placed in every classroom and office, we attempt to make sure that students have all the tools they need.
These tools help to regulate their brains and give them a better chance to learn, grow and find success in their academic and personal lives.
It is truly exciting to think so many students actually come into our care and find hope for the struggles they have faced most of their lives.
The anticipation excites us. We share our expectations for the year, looking forward to the positive nuances and life-changing impact our staff have on our students.
For us, it is not just about school, but about the holistic stewardship of our students’ lives.
We are not simply trying to help them in school but to help them in life.
It is indeed exciting to realize all the lives that will be touched in this coming year.
We feel very privileged to have so many students in our care. They have new opportunities to grow, change and finally reach their potential. I can’t think of a better mission to experience each day.
Gerry Vassar, President/CEO, Lakeside