Ms. Debbie Rabideau,
Professional Learning Specialist
It is exciting to be returning to the Renaissance Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound School once again! I started teaching sixth grade at the school when it was a collection of trailers at Meridan Park, then off to Parker to teach sixth, seventh, and eighth grade, and then to Castle Rock to teach sixth grade again. Now I find myself as the Professional Learning Specialist.
It has been an incredible journey as an educator and in addition to the rewards of classroom teaching, I have also experienced the joy of being a teacher leader. During my time away, I was able to develop my instructional coaching skills and I look forward to sharing my passion for teaching by working alongside the wonderful teachers at the school.
Some of my fondest memories while teaching at Renaissance include the voyages. Observing students take on leadership roles in the outdoors has always been a highlight. The adventure education program allows all to see the strengths of students beyond the walls of the classroom. It is here where many shine and I am so pleased that the commitment to these principles remain as strong as ever.
I was part of the initial team that incorporated drumming into our weekly rituals. Watching middle school students beat on a drum at first was a bit intimidating, but with practice, we worked in sync and created the sounds of a healthy community. I have worked hard to continue the development of the program and I am ready to get my drum out once again.
I know of no other school that embodies the heart and soul of who I am as an educator; it is with huge smile that I say “hello” once again.