Rockwood's Individualized Learning Center (ILC) is starting the new school year with a new coordinator.
Mrs. Ayo Alfred came to Rockwood from Ferguson-Florissant School District, where she served as assistant principal at McCluer South-Berkeley High School.
"The opportunity to serve kids at the ILC was one I could not resist," said Alfred.
Rockwood's ILC is a school designed specifically to meet the needs of students who struggle in a traditional high school setting. The ILC also provides an opportunity for former students to re-enter the school system and obtain a diploma.
Alfred elaborated on her educational philosophy.
"My educational philosophy is based on my belief that as an educator my job is to prepare all students for a successful life after K-12 education," she said. "I believe in being creative and bringing in any resources to assist students as individuals in building a pathway to success. Rockwood's Individualized Learning Center does just that."
While Alfred doesn't officially start until July 1, she said she's been getting to know the ILC community this summer.
"I have had the opportunity to meet students here," she said. "It's been such a great, warm welcome. That encourages me even more. I'm learning the district, the students and the community. That's very important to me in order to serve the students effectively."
Alfred said another priority for her is parent involvement.
"Just as I get to know the students, I want to get to know the families and the communities where they come from. That's very important, and helps me get to know the whole child."