Our Director, Dr. Curtis Windham
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Greetings Achieve Friends and Families!
Dr. Curtis G. (Chipp) Windham has recently accepted the position of Executive Director at Achieve Language Academy and assumed this role effective August 26, 2020.
Dr. Windham was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, and has lived in Chicago, Il, Detroit, MI, Monroe, MI, before moving to St. Paul in 2006. After spending 18 years working with The Salvation Army, Dr. Windham became the Executive Director of another charter school in Minneapolis, where he led the school for six years before becoming the Executive Director at Achieve Language Academy. Additionally, Dr. Windham teaches adult students in the College for Adult Professional Studies department for Grad school students (CAPS/GS) at Bethel University and has taught in this program for six years.
Dr. Windham has graduated from The Salvation Army's College for Officers' Training, and has a BA and MA from Bethel University in Organizational Leadership and has recently graduated from Bethel University again with his Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Currently Dr. Windham is working to complete his administration license.
Dr. Windham is married to Dawn Windham who teaches 5th grade in St. Paul. Between them, they have seven children, three grandchildren, and their dog Freya.
"I am thrilled to have this opportunity to lead Achieve Language Academy. With the rich and extensive history that ALA enjoys, I am honored to embrace the mission of this incredible school and help chart a vision for the future together."
Dr. Curtis Windham
Welcome to our new website. Although it will take some time to be complete, the plan for our new site is to show people what we know – Achieve is the best school with the best students, families and staff. We also want our site to be user-friendly and packed with information you need to know.
New to classrooms are SmartBoards, interactive whiteboards used to innovate instruction. We have also ordered 200 Chromebook laptops so students have more access to computers. Our children deserve the newest technology, and we aim to provide it.
This summer, a group of teachers (Curriculum Committee) got together to research, study and implement a new framework for literacy. You can be assured that we have a research-based approach to literacy delivered with consistency and quality.
We are invigorating staff learning this year. To start if off, we trained all teachers in Restorative Practices, the new Literacy Framework and a software program called Study Island. Staff learning is ongoing while we support our teachers and staff in finding new (and old) ways to help children learn.