This month’s National Renaissance Staffulty of the Month is Terresa Amidei from Desert Ridge Academy in Indio, CA. Nominator Pamela Alles writes (lightly edited):

“Terresa Amidei truly embodies the Jostens Renaissance 5 R’s. She goes above and beyond to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all our students and staffulty at Desert Ridge Academy. During this unique time of distance learning, she, along with her student leaders, have organized and produced two virtual rallies to celebrate student academic and character success. She has assisted other staffulty members in launching four new clubs to meet the interests and needs of our students. EVERY week she offers fun and engaging activities for students in their individual grade levels AS WELL AS for the entire student body. Terresa works tirelessly, leading our SEL committee (Fresh AIR committee) to help staffulty implement strategies to support the SEL competencies. I really do not know where our school would be without Mrs. Amidei. Her purpose and her why always comes back to building and supporting student leaders and supporting our staffulty in any way possible.

How long have you been involved with Renaissance?

5 years.

What’s a favorite Renaissance moment for you?

It is so hard to pick just one moment from this whirlwind pandemic year, but transitioning to Live Streamed Rallies that included every student, every staffulty member, and our Diamondback families was really incredible!

How has Renaissance impacted your school’s culture?

Having Jostens Renaissance at Desert Ridge Academy has allowed us to focus on what matters most: Respect, Recognize, Reward, And Reinforce so we see positive Results in our school climate and culture.

How has Renaissance affected you personally?

Renaissance has provided a structure to deliver amazing, relevant, culturally responsive materials to my students and to our school staffulty. This content and JRNC training has made me a better educator. Connecting with Renaissance educators has helped me find my people. This is an incredible family group and each person I have met through Jostens Renaissance is an inspiration!

What advice would you give to someone just starting with Renaissance?

Anyone new to Renaissance—welcome! We are all here for you! This intentional way for supporting adults and students works! Everything at your school site will work better and feel better once you start implementing the 5Rs. If you need anything—please ask—we are here to support everyone in Renaissance. We are stronger together!

Ms. Amidei will receive a shirt and a lapel pin to recognize her achievement.

To nominate someone in your school for the National Renaissance Staffulty of the Month honor, click here


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