We Are Ferndale

The We Are Ferndale blog series features stories from people throughout the Ferndale community and is curated by the Ferndale School District. Click on the title of a post to read it.

Guiding teams through challenging terrain with unexpected turns and twists for nearly three decades has prepared Paul to ensure our transportation services are executing the best possible actions to support students and their current distance learning needs. Paul is quick to point out that it’s all about TEAM, and he says he has a great one in Ferndale.

As we continue to move through this new reality, we predict technology is going to continue to play a critical role in our students’ learning. Our 1:1 technology model at the secondary level, our elementary computer labs and Chromebook carts, and our Teaching & Learning Tech Team members have been funded with local levy dollars.

Kicking off the 2019-20 school year with 700 of our Ferndale staff in the same place at the same time was designed to unify all of our district employees and allow all members of our team to hear and experience the mission of our district, together. At the heart of the kick-off of the 2019-20 school year, which admittedly feels like a very long time ago, was the overarching theme: “FerndaleCARES”. The premise of FerndaleCARES has been the guide that has kept us focused on our true north for many years. We know that students don’t want to learn from someone they don’t like. As James Comer, famous child psychologist, once said, “no significant learning can occur without a significant relationship”. Rather, it’s the result of human relationships and individual connections.