FWSU Action Plan
Target 2 – Leadership in a Student Centered Learning Environment FWSU will foster development of teacher & student leaders who provide innovative opportunities for local and global student-centered learning
Action Step – Provide multiple avenues for students and staff to lead, advocate, and serve within the school and community
Providing students with opportunities to lead is one of the central tenets of the FWSU Action Plan. All of our schools have numerous examples and in future postings we will highlight as many of them as we can. But today will focus on one of the Fairfax School Board of Director Student Representatives Austen Carpenter.
Austen is now in her second year of service and has emerged as a strong advocate for her peers as they engage in digital-age learning. We had the opportunity to speak with Austen about her experiences on the Board.
1. Can you tell us why you were interested in serving on the Fairfax School Board? I was interested in serving on the Fairfax School Board because I wanted to know what was happening at my school and my community. I wanted to learn about what decisions were made and why and to have an impact.
2. What have you learned? I have learned that it is not always as simple as it may seem. Decisions that may seem cut and dry to some are very important to others and you have to respect that.
3. What advice would you give to other students who may want to serve? That what you hear is not always the whole truth. Students usually hear one side of the story. There are other sides to be aware of and be prepared to hear them out. Don’t come in expecting anything.
4. What excites you most about education at BFA? I like the opportunities that come from a small school. I like being able to connect with teachers one-on-one where they know me and my interests. They can encourage and engage me because they know me. I also like being able to explore new options. I enjoy taking VHS classes but also having new classes like Economics. When students express interest in subjects like Anatomy and Physiology, that can translate into a new class. There is a personal connection.
5. What do your friends think of your service? I think that they know what I am doing and am glad that there are students on the school board. They might not actually be sure of what my role is.
6. Anything else you care to share? It has been a very informative experience.
What is next for Austen? She plans on attending college and majoring in political science / international relations. After that she sees herself working in the area of public service for the betterment of the our society.