Last week was amazing. We were very excited about the field trip to NYC that was scheduled for Friday. Even though the trip was fantastic, it ended being the icing on the cake for me last week. On Wednesday I was called into the principal's office where he was able to play a quick joke on me before extending his hand and saying "Congratulations Terry, your students voted you the ARL's Teacher of the Year". I was absolutely shocked and excited.
For those who do not know much about the ARL, we have an absolutely amazing group of very talented and dedicated instructors. I was so honored to be selected the Teacher of the Year from this amazing group. On Thursday I along with the other teachers from around the county were invited to a very nice lunch and award ceremony where I was surprised by four of my students joining us. In addition under a very short deadline our media specialist was able to interview three of my students and develop a very well put together video that was played at the luncheon. I was very touched by the kind words that my students had to say about me. All in all, a very nice gesture from all.
A special shout-out to Anastasiya, Chris, Haley, Israel, Kira, Myles, and Morgan. Thank you for the kind words, means more than you know.
On Friday we were very lucky to be able to visit NYC. We visited the Guggenheim Museum, Stephen A. Schwarzman Library, and KPF Architects.
While at the Guggenheim we were given a special architectural tour and workshop. The tour presented many interesting facts about the building, design challenges, and history. During the workshop students were challenged to create sketches and models of museum in a very short amount of time. The building is a stunning piece of architecture and we all found this to be an extremely interesting part of the trip.
After we left the Guggenheim we headed to the Stephen A. Schwarzman Library, we did self tour of the building. The detailing and the craftsmanship of this building was absolutely gorgeous.
Lastly, we were invited to visit KPF Architects. www.kpf.com. This part of our trip was absolutely amazing. We walked from the Stephen A. Schwarzman Library right across the street to the entrance of KPF, we made our way up to the 6th floor where we were directed to very large conference room behind a 20' glass wall. We were then greeted by four members of the firm Sean, John, Stephanie, and Shig. After a brief introduction they presented a variety of projects ranging from residential to very upscale commercial projects. They then opened the floor for students to ask questions and pick their brains. The students were very interested in the work that KPF has done. This was followed by a tour of their beautiful office. The students were amazed by the scale of the projects and level of detail that went into them. I was absolutely amazed at the hospitality of KPF Architects, truly one of the best experiences in a long time. Thank you KPF Architects!!!!!!!!
Tomorrow the Architectural Design Academy sets off for NYC. We have an amazing trip planned. We are heading to the Guggenheim museum for a special architectural tour of the building and a workshop. We will then venture into Central Park to witness the beauty and do some sketching. We will then make our way down to the business district of the city as we have been invited to KPF architects for a tour and presentation. We are really excited at the opportunity this trip will provide our students.
More to come!
Mr. Terry Walker