In keeping with our "inside out" philosophy of education that starts with the student’s interests and passions, we prefer to think of our teachers as “learning coaches". These learning coaches may take the role of traditional teacher at times, but more often than not they act as facilitators and guides, along your child’s learning journey. They are a mix of carefully selected, certified individuals that have been trained as "teachers", subject matter experts, educational assistants and volunteers. Highly qualified, OCT certified teachers take the lead with programming and evaluation, but we are also excited to partner with artists, singers, musicians and actors in our community to give the students enriching, real-life experiences in these areas. We also seek out scientists, mathematicians and authors to visit when relevant and/or appropriate to support the students’ interests and bring life to their learning. We are also happy to have the support of highly qualified educational assistants, and carefully chosen volunteers. We ensure that all the adults at Brookstone have the training and experience required for them to excel in our unique environment and the right personality to offer the gentle guidance, innovative teaching and character building strategies that make up the Brookstone program. Every adult at Brookstone works as part of our team to create the most caring, supportive environment possible for our students.
"I feel so fortunate to be a part of the Brookstone Academy community. There really is no better word to describe it-community. From the moment I walked in the door, It was clear how much every student and staff member enjoys being there. It has been a privilege to watch the relationships between students of all ages, and teachers form week to week. Brookstone truly offers every one who attends a safe and supportive space to be authentically and proudly themselves.
In addition to teaching the curricular expectations, the teachers at Brookstone also focus on fostering skills that will equip students for a lifetime of learning. Students don’t just learn, they learn how to learn.
They learn how to ask questions, how to find answers to their questions, and how to think critically about what they are learning.
We are always thinking about how to make learning fun, interesting and relevant to each student. With such a low student - teacher ratio, we have the ability to plan for each students learning styles, strengths and goals. Students receive a personalized education that recognizes where they are at, and where they hope to be. It’s been amazing to watch the students love of learning grow, as they adjust to an environment where they are free to make mistakes, take risks, and make decisions about how, and what, they are learning.
It is an honour to work along side like minded teachers, who are truly passionate about these philosophies. All faculty members at Brookstone genuinely care about each student, and work as a team to provide the best learning experience we can. I am excited to be a part of such a progressive learning environment. I can’t wait to see what the next few years have in store!"
- K. Law, Brookstone Academy Teacher