By Brooke Curley
SAFFFORD – The Triumphant Learning Center (TLC) charter school is looking for new board members, and holding an open house for anyone interested.
Located on 201 E Main St, Safford, the Triumphant Learning Center looking for new ideas, new friends, and new future possibilities in board members. Through adding new individuals into the school’s evolvement, its directors hope to lighten the load on the core group and bring about new opportunities in grants and growth.
The open house will include informational sessions, a tour of the school, an overview of the school’s programs, and presentations on future plans. The open house will be on May 31st, at the Triumphant Learning Center from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
Since opening its doors in 1996, Principle Robin Dutt has taught her students using a different technique than the rigid one-size-fits-all style that many schools embrace. Teaching kindergarten through eighth grade, there are always full classes at the TLC, and it is a high-demand school. But what makes this school different from others? According to Dutt, her view on education is that each child is an individual entity who needs individual and varying educational styles and levels to succeed.
“Education is not about book learning. It is not about how well you do the math, or how well you read, or how well you write,” Dutt said. “That’s one little piece of education. Education is more holistic. It is about recognizing that each and every individual is a unique special creation that needs to be given a chance.”
When asked why she opened one of the first charter schools in the Gila Valley, Dutt told Gila Valley Central that she found her passion in her own experiences. At the time of the creation of the school, Dutt was a stay at home mother who tutored in her home. When her children switched from a Catholic school to a public school, everything just went downhill.
One of the pivotal experiences for Dutt’s decision to start her own school was when her child was tested without notice or permission by school officials. Dutt knew that her child was somewhat advanced in math, and asked the teachers to move her forward in her grade so that she would not be wasting time. The teachers agreed. However, without Dutt’s notice or permission, and without practicing any math beforehand, her child was tested. Having no time to practice the subject beforehand, the child failed the test. Dutt was brought before the school’s officials to be publicly shamed.
“It was an inappropriate test inappropriately given only to humiliate me, and that’s what started the school and that’s the story that was the final straw that broke the camel’s back,” Dutt said. “Then I saw that news stories about charter school it was almost like it was laid out for me. It proved why I was unhappy was correct.”
Dutt reiterated to Gila Valley Central that she does not like to speak badly of public schools. However, the way her family was treated was what gave her the passion for moving forward in her decision to create the Triumphant Learning Center. Now, Dutt has come to a new step in her career as principal and creator of the school. This new step is to ask those in the community to join her as board members so that together, she and these new individuals can take the school into a bright future.
The open house will be on May 31st, at the Triumphant Learning Center from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, on Wednesday, May 31.
The Triumphant Learning Center
201 E. Main St
Safford, AZ 85546
TLC Mission Statement
Triumphant Learning Center’s staff believes the students of the Gila Valley can and will achieve to a higher level. We are committed to the education of the total child in a positive, respectful, and nurturing environment. Excellence in academics and character is the standard of measure for TLC’s students. TLC offers an alternative for parents, students, and teachers who want an active role in shaping future leaders by
* Developing life-long learning through critical thinking skills, cooperative problem solving, respect for self and community, etc.
* Practicing and developing fundamental values included in The Book of Virtues (self-discipline, compassion, responsibility, friendship, work, courage, perseverance, honesty, loyalty, faith) and the Character Counts program (responsibility, fairness, citizenship, trustworthy, caring, respect.)
* Proving enrichment opportunities to broaden each student’s horizons and experiences.
Academic Goals & Educational Focus
TLC offers a quality education focusing on reading, writing, arithmetic, and responsibility. Reading is our highest priority because it is crucial to all other learning. Personal responsibility is also extremely important and is taught through character training, community service, and code of conduct. Using criterion assessments and direct observations, students will demonstrate one year’s academic and personal growth. TLC’s goal is for each student to constantly aspire for academic and personal excellence.
Education is the service TLC is providing to its clients (parents)
Parents are ultimately responsible for the education of their children. Today’s parents must shop around to find the best possible education or the type of school for their children. Some will choose a private school, others will home school, while still others will choose public school. If parents opt for public education, there may be several choices: traditional, magnet, alternative, or charter schools. Parents then “hire” (with tax dollars) the school which best fits their ultimate educational goals, and they expect specific results. TLC is the school you have chosen and hired to educate your children.
TLC provides a challenging curriculum with high academic standards, but this is not a rigid “one size fits all” education. Each year students are academically assessed. The teacher, with input from the parents and student, will determine the specific needs of each individual student. If a child is below grade level, the teacher will provide the appropriate curriculum at school and home for the student to catch up. If parents choose not to implement this, the student may not be able to progress. Students who are above grade level will be given challenging assignments which will keep them motivated.