Mr. White serves a number of roles at the ILC. He works primarily with the CBI program, and also serves as a mentor to many of our Davidson students that are enrolled in the Personal Success Network. He is an advocate for our students, our programs, and our philosophy. The Hilliard Community is impacted greatly by Mr. White’s presence in the ILC because his influence can now reach beyond the walls of Davidson on a daily basis. When asked about his experience at the ILC, he said:
The ILC has provided a tremendous opportunity for me to develop a new and better appreciation for the great educators we have throughout the district. After seeing many great things being taught at Davidson for the past 14 years, it has been refreshing to see and meet new people here at the ILC. It has also been a great opportunity to be but a minute piece of the puzzle that is the ILC, and to benefit from a new administrative style. The “Linchpin” thought process that is encouraged at all times is definitely something I was ready to experience. It’s great to see new ideas not only tolerated, but encouraged. I look forward to my son being able to take advantage of the many opportunities provided by this place as he advances through his educational future.
Mr. Allen and Mrs. Fought,
Doug and Hilary are the instructors of our 7th grade humanities course. This is a course that blends social studies and English to offer a unique approach to these subjects. The class (of nearly 50 students) is co-taught by Mr. Allen and Mrs. Fought and they are managing to provide some incredible experiences for the students with some outside of the box instruction.
When asked about their experience here at the ILC, here is what each had to say:
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Mrs. Gongwer’s day at the ILC is filled with smiles. She is loved by her students, and is a tremendously positive influence amongst the staff. Those around her can tell that she loves her job, because of her enthusiastic approach to the relationships that she fosters with students, staff, and the mentors with whom she is able to place her students. When asked about her experience at the ILC, it is no surprise that she uses “we” to describe her classes…
“I teach Career Mentorship, Academy EDU and Online Personal Decisions at the ILC. One of the things I like best about the ILC is that my students come from different buildings, which means they bring unique experiences and perspectives to the classroom. Once we start class, we unite because we are all at the ILC for one reason: to have a meaningful learning experience. The Academy EDU students want to become teachers so they observe in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms-they are getting real teaching experience with actual students. The Career Mentorship students spend 50 hours experiencing a career that they want to explore. Can you imagine mentoring with a crime investigator, general manager of a well-known golf course, head chef at one of Cameron Mitchell’s top restaurants, a veterinarian, a mechanical engineer, and animal assisted therapy at Buckeye Ranch? These are just a few of the placements of my students. The coolest part of my job is that I get to experience the journey with my students!”
Mr. DeDent leads the Career Based Intervention program(CBI) for the district. This program provides authentic work experiences for our students district wide. Not only does CBI serve as an avenue of success for many of our students during high school but also prepares them for the next step in their lives/careers . From day 1, Mr. DeDent has been willing to find paths to success for many students, often a different path for each student under his watch. He is well-known throughout the district having served students from each high school in class and countless athletes in multiple sports across the district.
When asked about his experience at the ILC, he replied:
“Since learning I was going to be at the ILC, I have been intrigued and excited about the possibilities that existed with the opening of the building. During meetings prior to the opening, I listened to Mr. Wise speak about his hopes, dreams and vision of what this building could bring. Since the building has opened, I have taken time to watch the teachers and students interact and it truly is something special. Teachers are working hard to give students different ways to learn material. Teachers are working together to come up with ideas that can assist each other in their classes. Students are more engaged in their learning because they have some ownership of the ways in which they learn material. They say it takes a village to raise a child and I believe that Mr. Wise is leading a community totally passionate about helping students reach their potential.”
Mr. Bower is the online math instructor for Hilliard City Schools. He teaches algebra 1, GAC 1, GAC 2, geometry, and algebra 2.
Mr. Bower’s office is here at the ILC, but he can be found roaming the halls of each high school building checking in with his math students. Each Tuesday, he flexes his schedule and holds “office hours” until 7pm at the ILC for students to visit and get individual help on math assignments.
Mr. Bower is well-known amongst his peers for his collection of instructional math videos that rival the Khan Academy (OK maybe that is a stretch, but still very impressive) and he is also the only staff member that can claim to have been in first place at some point during every ILC Staff Olympic event (Mr. Bower always goes first).
When asked about his experience as a part of the ILC, here is what Mr. Bower replied:
The Leadership is outstanding… it’s the attitude that is pushed out to all involved! When you work here, you know that anything that you can think up, that is beneficial for kids, will fly!!! What freedom that should give anyone who takes residence in this building!! The culture that is being created is so different than any place I have been for a long, long time!!
The opportunities here for students blow my mind!! Credits for college, are you kidding me? Music and Arts mixed with Broadcasting and video production (green screen)? Shut up!! My kids want in this program already and they are only in 3rd and 5th grade! And I want them to be in it! You want to be a teacher?? (make sure it’s your calling) And where else can a kid who has absolutely no interest in school and so many problems to deal with in their lives, get a second chance to be successful.. even if we have to drag them along a little bit!
And lastly from a selfish standpoint, it is my home! I loved my time at Darby and I love the people there, but after a couple years of wandering in the desert, I now have a home. And it’s more than just my office, it’s a group of people…on Ice Age, Manny and his gang would call it a herd!! Different subject areas, different ages, different interests…merging together to lead kids to new and revolutionary realizations! – Mr. Bower
Mrs. Antos leads two groups of students at the ILC. She is our English professor in the College Jump Start Network, and guides a class of 8th graders through Honors English 9.
These courses are very unique in their own ways.
The College Jump Start provides high school students an opportunity to earn both high school and college credit, with the college credit being transferable to almost anywhere they plan to attend after graduation. In all, students (who have qualified as “college ready”) can earn in excess of 30 semester hours through this two-year program.
The Honors English 9 opportunity for 8th graders serves as a challenge to middle school students that are excelling and ready for advancement. These 8th graders also participate in Chinese 1 during their time at the ILC, so their afternoons are demanding, but filled with quality content.
Mrs. Antos had this to say about her experience during our inaugural year:
“This year, I have had the privilege of teaching Honors English 9 at the ILC as well as several dual enrollment classes with Columbus State Community College. As part of our dual enrollment program, I teach two composition courses, English 1100 and 2367, along with College Success Skills and Critical Thinking seminars. Teaching at the ILC has undoubtedly been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my career. The ILC has pushed me to rethink my ideas about classroom space, my own position as an instructor, and my students’ roles as well. In short, the ILC has inspired me to reimagine what school should be. It has led me to work harder, while liberating my sense of what that work should look like. I could list several new technology resources I’ve become aware of, but that would only begin to scratch the surface of what I have learned this year” – Mrs. Antos
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