Susan Fernández wears the hats of Teacher, Mom, Goal-Setter and Guide. Susan believes the goal of education is to develop life-long learners. She holds a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has been teaching students in elementary through high school for fifteen years.
Despite her traditional background in education, Fernández is a homeschooling mom of two kids. Susan brings the homeschooling experience to Win Room School House. She believes the elevated expectations in a homeschooling environment can be brought to all students, along with the tools and guidance to exceed those expectations.
Susan facilitates learning by intentionally providing opportunities to learn, and by taking advantage of teachable moments presented in daily living. Every child has their own distinct personality and learning style. Susan's background in Curriculum and Instruction is utilized to create lessons incorporating unique interests of students. Susan's deep respect for children makes her a natural fit for the Win Room School House.
When my son was having difficulty writing, I created lesson plans that revolved around his favorite superheroes.
Mompreneur Angela Refsland believes that all children have a desire to learn, grow and excel. Refsland has over ten years experience in teaching and coaching children. Her focus in the classroom is instilling intrinsic motivation while challenging kids to think bigger.
Refsland was a star student growing up but realized her junior year of high school that the "work hard, get good grades, go to college, get a great job" mantra was not a sure-fire method for success.
Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia brought on by Over-Achiever-itis she was forced to slow down and rethink her future. For the benefit of her physical health she chose to drop out of high school and attend college early. Not wanting to rack up any more student loans without a career in mind Angela headed for the real world.
Without a high school or college diploma Angela's job options were limited, so she started freelancing as a web designer. Ten years later her company, Waking Girl Web Design, has built and maintains hundreds of websites.
Refsland contracts work to recent San Antonio graduates as well as high school students around the world. She observes a startling disconnect between what students are learning in school and what they actually need to know to survive in the real world and business world.
It is Refsland's goal to instill lifelong survival skills of creativity and confidence that every student deserves.
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – W.B. Yeats
Javier Padrón's career in teaching and inspiring started when he was training for the 2004 Olympics. After a career-stopping injury he turned to coaching gymnastics to kids of all ages. Javi believes everyone has a desire to succeed and it is fear that keeps students from achieving their goals.
Javi creates an atmosphere of fun and high expectations, guiding students to excel with smiles on their faces.
A graduate of the San Antonio school system, Javier has observed a disconnect between what is taught in school and the mentality needed to survive in the real world.
Padrón is looking forward to being amazed by the goals that students at Win Room School House set for themselves, and is planning to set some big goals, too!