Setting the Fundamentals for Success
Sedona Charter School alumna, Danielle Kovac, learned to love the challenge of math at SCS— a fascination she has built upon throughout her academic career. After graduation from SCS Danielle attended high school at Verde Valley School, a college preparatory campus with an International Baccalaureate program. Danielle is now a Junior at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, majoring in finance with a minor in marketing. She expects to graduate in 2016.
Having attended Sedona Charter School for 1st-8th grade, she holds valuable insights on how SCS educated her in the subjects that it taught, and in discovering her own individual talents and interests.
Her interest in math was piqued at SCS during the earlier stages of her educational journey due to the creative nature in which it was introduced: “At SCS I remember specifically enjoying math and how math was taught creatively, and from that I have always known myself as being creative and interested in math.”
Montessori education empowered Danielle to discover her own interests by giving her enough freedom to find a comfortable work pace, while tapping into creativity and personal discovery: “I admired that SCS not only values learning in academics but also in culture. From going to Havasupai for a week and from painting murals around the school, I learned the importance of worldly knowledge and to appreciate nature and art.”
The valuable form of teaching described by Danielle integrates crucial forms of inspiration, including motivation to gain fundamental lessons throughout an educational experience, and also to discover the forces that drive and inspire oneself as an individual. “Having teachers who focus on student development as the highest priority forms a learning style that is simultaneously fun and intriguing.” She continues that, “SCS prepared me for what was to come. I learned that knowledge is not only limited to scholastic materials but extends to culture and relationships.”