YOUR ROAD TRIP TO SUCCESS

PIVOT CHARTER SCHOOLS ORIENTATION

Welcome to Pivot Charter School

Welcome and congratulations on your decision to join the Pivot Charter School program and family.


As a new or returning student of Pivot Charter school, you are bound to have questions. So, in an effort to make your transition from your previous school as smooth and easy as possible, we are pleased to welcome you to Your Road Trip to Success-Pivot Charter School Orientation!


Before you get started on your courses we ask that you follow this orientation guide and view each of the videos to complete your mandatory orientation. This orientation is designed to help answer all of your questions and to provide you with information about our online resources, policies, and services.


In order to view the orientation guide in its entirety, please click on the guide located in your email and view it in a separate browser. Please grab a pen, the handout provided by your EC, and take notes while you follow along!


Once you've completed the online orientation, you’ll be on your way to becoming a successful Pivot Charter School student!

#1-PACK YOUR BAGS

It's time to pack your bags and get ready for your journey with Pivot Charter School, please watch this video to learn more about the benefits of your unique school.


PACK YOUR BAGS

#2-Fuel Up

We know that you are ready to begin your trip, but first you need to fuel up for the journey ahead. Please watch this video about starting your courses.


FUEL UP

#3-CHECK YOUR MILEAGE

Now that you are cruising along, it's time to check your mileage and ensure you are making good time. Please watch this video to learn more about your expected progress and attendance in your courses.


CHECK YOUR MILEAGE

#4-STAY ON COURSE

It's easy to get distracted on your journey. Please watch this video of success tips to help make sure you stay on course.


STAY ON COURSE

TIME FOR A FEW PIT STOPS

No trip is ever easy when traveled alone. Please watch the videos below and learn more about those that are ready to support you on your journey.


#5-MECHANIC

Occasionally you may break down. Please watch this video to learn more about how our 24/7 technical support team can help.
MECHANIC

#6-STOP FOR DIRECTIONS

You are bound to get lost along your trip. Never hesitate to stop and ask for directions. Please watch this video to learn more about how your teachers can help you find your way and get back on the road.


STOP FOR DIRECTIONS

#7-TOUR GUIDE

A tour guide will ensure you don't miss any of the sites along the way. Please watch this video to learn more about your Educational Coordinator and how they can assist in making your journey a success.


TOUR GUIDE
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REACHING YOUR DESTINATION...SUCCESS!!!

Congratulations, you have now completed your orientation! However, there is one final stop before you reach your destination. It's time to set some goals!


Setting goals helps increase your motivation, gives you purpose and direction, and helps you organize your time and resources. We encourage you to set academic and life goals throughout the year. To assist with this we have provided this Goal-Setting Worksheet.


After you click on the link above to access your Goal-Setting Worksheet, select file, then download, and complete it along with your parents or at home support system. Once completed, please turn the worksheet into your Educational coordinator. Now you are ready to get started on your classes!!!

Pivot Charter School Ft. Lauderdale Staff

Principal - Angela Combs

Dr. Combs joins the pivot team with over fifteen years of experience in the education field. She received her Doctorate in Education Leadership and Masters in Administration and Supervision from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition, she has her undergraduate in Biology, Physics, and Education from Austin Peay State University. She believes that all students can be successful if given the opportunity. She wants to create an environment that reflects one of safety, belonging, acceptance and respect. An environment not just where students feel at home, but one where the student leaves every day with a feeling of accomplishment from the knowledge they have gained.

"If you prepare yourself…you will be able to grasp opportunity for broader experience when it appears." -Eleanor Roosevelt



Lead Educational Coordinator III - Ashley Ignatius

Lead EDUCATIONAL COORDINATOR II- Ashley Conner

Educational Coordinator I - Joe Caton

I come to you from the state of Connecticut, where a fun cold winter day for kids included sledding down a steep snow covered hill at our high school football field. As you can imagine, you needed thick gloves and a heavy winter jacket to join in all the fun. But on a serious note, I am a high school math education coordinator here at Pivot in Tamarac, and I am looking forward to helping some of you get through your Algebra I end-of-course exams with great passing grades. Some of you will also see me for Algebra II or Pre Calculus. So let's get those scores up this year...

Educational Coordinator I - Helen Exner

I am excited to join the Pivot family as one of your math ECs. After earning my history degree from Lawrence University (Appleton, WI), I became certified to teach secondary social studies and math from Alverno College (Milwaukee, WI) and the University of Wisconsin. For nearly a decade, I worked as a private piano teacher, accompanist and jazz pianist/singer. I’m looking forward to a productive, action-packed year in Tamarac, and I am eager to get to know my students and their unique learning styles.

Educational Coordinator I - Jeff Thevenin

I am a certified English Teacher of grades 6-12. I graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in English Literature. I have 12 years of experience working in the education field, and 7 years teaching experience. I have even taught English in South Korea for 2 years, where I taught English as a second language to middle school and high school students. I am a Reading Teacher here at Pivot Charter school and my model is to teach and learn while having fun. In my spare time I draw, write, read, exercise, play handball and basketball, and prepare for class. My philosophy about life is that education brings excellence out of skills and talent.

Educational Coordinator I - Yoandy Sanchez

Hi Panthers! I was born in Cuba. In 2002, I got my Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering. What I did not know is that I would find myself immerse into the educational field in 2005 in Costa Rica. Since that time, teaching became part of my life and I had enjoyed every minute in the classrooms with my students. Now that I move in to the US and as a part of the Pivot family, I expect to do all I can to help our students succeed and get their goals. I am certified in Math and Physics through the state of Florida. The self-fulfilling prophecy, the fact that any situation or issue in life is a learning experience, and adopting a positive attitute to face it as well are part of my own philosophy.

Educational Coordinator I - Aaron Weathery

This is my first year as an Education Coordinator at Pivot. I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor’s in History in 2007. Since then, I have taught Social Studies in Colorado, New Mexico, and now in Florida. In my free time I am usually out playing tennis, basketball, or just about anything else outside. I am looking forward to working with everyone at Pivot this year and know it is going to be an exciting year.