At the Wellington Collegiate Academy, a new private middle school, every day begins with character education class. On Mondays, the class is usually taught by a guest speaker. This week, former County Commissioner Jess Santamaria, a longtime community leader, shared stories of life’s important lessons, such as developing strong roots, holding to your values and giving generously to the community.
Santamaria attributed his success to the foundation provided by a devoted mother and excellent teachers. His presentation aligned with the vision shared by school director Anna Oaks and character education teacher Becky Coley.
“Mr. Santamaria’s visit made a great positive impact on our students,” Oaks said. “We want them to spend time with role models who have enjoyed success in education, business and family life. We are looking forward to a return visit so we can hear more inspiring stories.”
The Wellington Collegiate Academy is a new private school for grades 6 through 8 located in the original Wellington Mall. A full curriculum of challenging classes is offered, including professional instruction in music and art. The school’s mission is to provide a peaceful, nurturing learning environment with individual attention from creative, caring and flexible teachers. Learn more at www.gowca.org.
ABOVE: Guest speaker Jess Santamaria with Wellington Collegiate Academy students. (Right) Santamaria takes questions from students.