“Around the time I was a freshman in college, I volunteered with an afterschool program working with kids who had very tough home lives. I really fell in love with that kind of work, trying to help the students work through what was going on at home, and in their world. When faced with poverty and hardship, it’s difficult for a young person to focus not on their everyday challenges but to instead see, and understand, the importance of an education. Through that experience, I’ve come to view education as a way for young people to choose the life they want, rather than the one that might be pushed on them.”
Bridget Belyeu teaches 3rd grade here at the Academy and began her teaching career here with us in 2003. At that time, she was involved in coordinating the new afterschool program. She so loved the Academy, and vice versa, that in 2005 she decided to join us full time and has been with us ever since. Among her many “duties” here, she has worked on the yearbook and in the business office, substituted taught, and served as the school’s registrar.
Mrs.Belyeu graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Texas with her B.S. in International Studies and French with a minor in political science. She is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor’s Society, as well as the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for key Women Educators.
What does she love most about the Academy? “I love that fact that we encourage every kind of thinker and learner,” she says. “If other learning institutions are a box, with the materials that need to be learned and the method to learn them encompassed within it, the Academy is a cloud that expands and adjusts to the interests and learning styles of its students. I love that new ideas and technologies are weighed and considered and that we never just settle into what is familiar and comfortable. Here at the Academy, no matter who you are – student, teacher, parent, administrator – we all we accept the fact that we are all still learners.”