The Pinnacle Schools Announces Director of Education

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The Pinnacle Schools announced the appointment of Laura Worshim as Director of Education. The Pinnacle Schools provide therapeutic and academic programs for adolescents ages 12 – 18.

emphasis on encouraging and driving students to engage in their learning process

Karen Lee, Founder, President and CEO of The Pinnacle Schools in Huntsville, AL recently announced the appointment of Laura Worshim as Director of Education. “We are fortunate to gain such an experienced educator,” Mrs. Lee said, referring to Mrs. Worshim’s 20 years of experience in the classroom and administration.

The Pinnacle Schools provide therapeutic and academic programs for adolescents ages 12 – 18. Many of these teens are at-risk or struggling. Elk River Treatment Program is a residential program located in rural north Alabama. It provides an intense therapeutic program as well as a comprehensive academic program. The Elk River Program of The Pinnacle Schools has successfully graduated more than 500 students from 38 states. The Huntsville Campus is a private, year-round alternative school for adolescents that are not functioning well in a traditional classroom.

Mrs. Worshim earned a B.S. in Communication Disorders from Texas A&M and a Master's Degree in Education with a concentration in Special Education from Auburn University. She earned her Administration Certification from the University of New Mexico. She is a past member of Council for Exceptional Children, Autism Society of America, and Military Child Education Coalition.

For the past 19 years she has been married to Lt. Col. Charles Worshim III and they have two boys. “I was immediately impressed with Laura's record of success and her background in special education,” Mrs. Lee said. When accepting the position, Mrs. Worshim outlined her goal of implementing research-based, best education practices that encourage and drive students to engage in their learning process.

“Something that impressed me about Laura is her emphasis on encouraging and driving students to engage in their learning process. We cannot force children to learn or sit quietly in a classroom for hours. We cannot force them to come to school. But we can encourage them and give them the attention, the tools, and the confidence required to generate the drive they will need to succeed,” Mrs. Lee said.

The Pinnacle Schools offers a blended learning model for instruction using an approved computer-based curriculum, highly qualified teachers in the classroom, and other supplements to allow students a self-paced instructional setting. Additionally, students are offered other services to promote learning and life skills development such as group counseling, anger management, coping strategies and substance abuse counseling. Students may earn their high school diploma at The Pinnacle Schools or transition back to their local school.

Contact Selina Mason at The Pinnacle Schools for additional information: (256) 518-9998 or smason(at)thepinnacleschools(dot)com. http://www.thepinnacleschools.com

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