After an extensive search process, Willyn Webb has been selected as the new executive director of Vision Charter Academy. She replaces Teri Kinkade, who has retired.
Webb is a licensed teacher, licensed professional counselor (LPC), licensed school counselor, and licensed school administrator. She has two master's degrees and over 20 years experience in education in Delta County.
Always a proponent of individual learning plans and alternative education, Webb is a great fit for Vision Charter Academy, which is growing and expanding in its mission, "...to promote meaningful choice and diverse opportunity within public education by supporting the development of the optimal learning environment for each learner and the optimal teaching environment for each teacher."
In an email to the Vision Charter Academy families and employees, Angie Gauthier, who sits on the Vision Charter Academy board of stewards, had this to say about Willyn. "We are confident that you will be enthused about Ms. Webb and her dynamic, positive energy. Ms. Webb has been active doing amazing things in Delta County for many years and her references convinced us that we must snatch her up if able."
Webb started her career at Delta Middle School as a teacher and then the counselor. With the onset of motherhood she operated a part-time private counseling practice, homeschooled some, and led the Christian education of Eckert Presbyterian Church. During that time, Webb had her first books published which brought the "Solutioning" process to schools and counselors. She continued writing and has had children's books and a Christian play published. When her youngest entered school, Webb was recruited back into the school district to help develop Delta Opportunity School, an alternative high school for at-risk youth. She spent 10 years at DOS during which she developed a service learning program which includes Food for Thought. Webb feels that the timing is perfect because, as the result of two grants, DOS will have an additional staff member in the school counselor position.
Webb also taught for four years as an adjunct professor for Colorado Christian University. Her latest publications are "Teaching Generation Text" and the soon to be out, "#Relationship Goals: Purity is Possible." Webb will be stepping away from CCU and writing in order to put all of her energy into Vision Charter Academy.
Webb said she is very impressed with the rigor, accountability and fidelity in carrying out VCA's mission and philosophy of education. She plans to provide leadership in building on what works and moving forward as a school of excellence. Supporting how kids learn best and setting up opportunities of service have been the hallmarks of her career. Webb feels, "The three pathways of the Vision program -- home-based, class-based (four days per week with a home project on Friday), and a blended option, with a consensus team developing and supporting the individual plan, provide an exceptional model of education. These pathways, the Menu of Opportunities and Resources for Education (MORE), the new Expeditionary Learning process, and an exceptional staff make this her ideal job.
"The staff is committed to supporting each student individually. Vision Charter Academy truly exemplifies, 'Voice, Choice, Achieve' and I cannot wait to get started."
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.