Read the Q & A below to find out more about the Reese library and the way Robledo is helping shape her student’s minds:
Q: What inspired you to get the library established for Reese students?
A: If there is one word you will repeatedly hear at Reese, it is this: grow. Grow, grow, grow. In the last few years, the Reese campus has changed and grown immensely. Establishing the library has been a major part of this growth process.
Like anything, the library started as a goal. Principal Spear pictured a safe, quiet environment for our students to experience the power of the written word. Now, as a campus, we are all encouraging students to discover the joy that comes with reading a good book.
We are still growing, adding to, and changing the library. One day, we hope that this place will be a staple of the Reese experience.
Q: What are some reasons Reese needed this resource for students?
A: Many of our students believe that they “don’t like reading,” or that they “aren’t good readers.” Students tend to develop this kind of negative self-talk about reading anything due to past struggles with academic texts.
I am a firm believer that there is a book for everyone. Many students are surprised that they can come in and read about sports, teenage issues, and drama while at school. The library is helping struggling readers find books that they enjoy, which is huge! If students can start rebuilding their self-talk concerning reading, they can become lifelong learners.
Q: What impact do you think the new-and-improved library has on students at Reese?
A: Students at Reese are looking at computer screens all day due to our digital curriculum. We hope that the library gives students a much-needed “brain break” from the screen. Additionally, I think it is crucial for students to have the opportunity to sit with a book, with no strings attached. If we want students to read-to-learn, we must allow them first to enjoy reading!
I see the engage and inquire aspects of the SERVE model on display with our library. First, students must actively inquire to discover a book that they want to read. Second, students are empowered to choose what they want to read and think about. Self-selected reading engages students to participate in their personal growth and educational development.
Q: What sets Reese apart from traditional campuses?
A: Reese is an alternative school for students where they can receive a quality education with smaller classes, flexible pacing, and highly individualized learning. It is very fulfilling as a teacher to work with students in all different life stages, working together to reach goals. I love seeing my students experience educational, social, and emotional success at our campus that they might not have experienced in a traditional setting.
As a campus, we are a team. Everyone is working toward the same overall goal: help students reach their goals, become the best version of themselves, and become better people. Even though I have not been on this campus for long, I feel like an instrumental part of the Reese community. I am motivated to work my hardest every day due to the supportive community of teachers and students.