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In this video, AMS Flower Principal Mr. Walker talks about the importance of introducing foreign language to scholars.
Starting at Kindergarten we offered two languages to AMS Flower students, Russian and Mandarin.
We do this for a few reasons. First, we want students to recognize differences between phonics inside two different languages and second, we want to reinforce hand-to-eye coordination in different languages and finally we want to expose students to different cultures around the world.
They enjoy drawing different characters they enjoy interacting with someone who looks different from them they enjoy seeing just different aspects of the world that they may not necessarily have exposure to at home.
They also enjoy listening and in hearing songs and just embracing a different culture. Our Mandarin and Russian teachers bringing slices of their culture into our campus. They bring food for students they bring treats from time to time are they also do things such as showing them parts of films that are foreign to our students. Every day it’s a show-and-tell and a smorgasbord of different cultures around the world at AMS flower.
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Meet Principal Curtis Walker of the Academy of Math and Science Flower campus. In this video Mr. Walker describes why growth is important in a school and how creating a sense of community within the scholars, teachers and staff create a positive environment for everyone.
"What’s incredible about AMS is its desire to constantly grow. There is never a point in time where AMS is content with where it's at. There's always a goal and always something to strive towards and that is a team I want to be a part of.
My name is Curtis Walker, and I am the Principal of Academy of Math and Science Flower.
Six years ago, I began my career with AMS as a teacher. I was a middle school language arts teacher and I transition from middle school language arts to an Assistant Principal position with the Camelback campus. Three years ago, was asked to become Principal and serve the community at AMS Flower and so three years ago I became the Principal at the Academy of Math and Science.
What makes AMS Flower so special and different from any other school is our sense of community. Here at AMS Flower we celebrate one another, we have a growth mindset, we look out for each other every single day and that is something that you do not find anywhere else.
Each and every day our teachers come to work, and they are happy to be here. That is something that you don't find often when you're talking about schools and education, especially in the midst of pandemic. And so our teachers come ready every day, happy and ready to work for our kids and ready to serve our community.
From front office, to facilities, to our paraprofessionals, to our teachers; there is a sense of collaboration, there's a sense of community and we have each other’s backs.
Every minute matters. Every minute of instruction matters and every minute of building and fostering relationships matter here at AMS Flower. Our kids need us just as much as we need them. Our kids are special there is so much hope so much potential so much that we are looking forward to seeing all of her students on a daily basis.
Our students start with us beginning in kindergarten and they matriculate all the way through to 8th grade and that is something special within itself. What happens within those years is all on our teachers. Our teachers work their hardest every single day and commit themselves to planning lessons on a daily basis, ensuring that our students receive the highest quality of Education possible.
Along the way, there’s the integration of Technology and making sure that celebrations are happening along the way. Our teachers want to make sure that our students have every opportunity afforded to them outside of AMS Flower."
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