What Does Leadership in a Student-Centered Learning Environment Look Like?

Target 2Leadership in a Student Centered Learning Environment. FWSU will foster development of teacher and 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.

Indicator of Success – Student voice will have the power to impact the perceptions of others.photo (15)

We are happy to introduce the newest student member of the Fairfax Board of School Directors. Meadow Linderman is a Junior who be serving is this leadership position for the next two years. BFA is one of only a few high schools in Vermont that has Student Representatives on the school board.

We asked Meadow a few questions and are pleased to share a bit more about her background and goals.

Q: Can you tell us why you were interested in serving on the Fairfax School Board? 

A: I am interested in serving on the school board for a couple reasons. When I first heard about it, I had no idea it was offered. I thought it would be so interesting to be a part of the school but also have an impact on the school and the community. I can honestly say I didn’t think I would really do it, but the more I learned about it the more interested I became. It also made me think more about the behind-the-scene conversations and decisions that shape the school to what it is. I suddenly started paying more attention before I even went to my first meeting and my excitement of being a part of something bigger, having an impact, and understanding the bigger picture grew quickly. I was already dedicated and felt as if I were already taking on the responsibility. It was just such an exciting feeling!

Q: What have you learned so far?

A: So far, I’ve learned much about the system of how things are decided. I didn’t realize the people from the town had such an impact on the decisions brought forward. I’ve learned about how much time is put into small decisions like whether or not to put treads on the stairs, and big decisions like changing the academic requirements…or busses. I’ve learned about how the Principal isn’t the only one making decisions and that he is really only a small piece of the process. I’ve learned about how much money is put into the school. Finally, I’ve learned that I enjoy working with big groups and being involved in such activities, and how I am capable of handling this big of a responsibility.

Q: What advice would you give to other students who may want to serve on the future? 

A: To anyone who wants to take up this role and act upon the opportunity, all I can say is take advantage of it. If you really use it to its full potential, you can not only learn alot about the school community, and decision-making, but also about yourself and how you react in those situations. When I first heard the offer, I wasn’t optimistic at all and simply didn’t think I had it in me. All you have to do it think forward about how much you will take away from it. If you really want it, take it and don’t hesitate. Also, talk to the other representative or past representatives because they are probably the most helpful and understanding in the situation, at least in my case.

Q: What excites you most about education at BFA?

A: What excited me most about my education at BFA is how it is my future. This is the time in my life that takes me further in life. I cannot wait to excel in what I want and can do well, but am also nervous. I’m very thankful for all the great supporting programs and people at school who have helped me decide what I want, VSAC especially. Without them I would have no direction, but with their help I’ve been able to find and decide a path and mostly become excited and excel in what I want and what will soon be coming along.

Q: What do your friends think of your service?

A: My friends think I’m crazy for doing this. They don’t know how I could possibly sit through it all and why I want to be involved school arguments. I am doing it simply because I’m curious, want a bigger role in my community, and find it very interesting. I’ve learned a lot, and am grateful I’ve been given the opportunity.

Welcome to the School Board, Meadow!

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