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From the Executive Director

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The Faculty of RSTA and I welcome our students and their families, and all the community supporters who are a part of RSTA, to our program’s website for the 2015 - 2016 school year. 



Also, I am delighted to welcome Dr. Eric Wu as the new Information Technology Teacher. Eric graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Chemistry and a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, and then earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT. Eric worked as an IT Manager at Raytheon in Cambridge for twelve years and for the last six years served as on-site supervisor for RSTA Cooperative Education seniors from the IT and Engineering programs, Eric replaces Liz Atwood who now will be teaching Computer Science – including courses in Web Design and Video Game Design.



RSTA faculty will continue their efforts to engage parents, guardians, and other family members in their ongoing support for student growth and achievement. This year, RSTA teachers will be working with families and students to identify and rely on the “spark” that drives our students’ passion and motivates them to success, and that will sustain their work and learning at school.



RSTA teachers will be devoting much of their Professional Development work this year on expanding and refining their instructional skills in the area of “Clarity,” basing their study on the work of Jonathan Saphier in his book “The Skillful Teacher.”

Starting this year, ninth grade students in our BE-IT Exploratory program – which allows students to explore possible careers in Biotech, Engineering, and Information Technology -- will benefit from the opportunity to also explore careers in Health Assisting.



This year also marks the initial publication of “The RSTA Experience,” a printed compendium describing and illustrating all RSTA courses and programs in an eye-catching new format. Our deep appreciation goes to Stephanie Walsh and Noah Zibello, both Class of 2015, for their work on the photography and layout design, as well as to their teacher, Michele Watson Maxwell, Creative Design Teacher, for her guidance and inspiration. Graphics Print Teacher Michelle Hallam and students completed the printing and binding of the brochure, which will be updated annually and used primarily as information for incoming and prospective students.

We look forward to another exciting and interesting year for the students and faculty of RSTA.

Dr. Mike Ananis