Why Academies? Its about the Relationships

One of the key objectives of the Academies of Nashville is to develop relationships between students, teachers, business partners, and the Nashville community. In the post below, Austin S. writes about his academy experience and the relationships he has developed through his time in Metro Nashville Public Schools.   

The Academy of National Safety and Security Technologies is a wonderful academy in which to belong. I enjoy the academy because of the teachers, the learning environment, and the activities we get to experience.  Within the academy, I am in the Computer Gaming/Programming pathway. I especially enjoy the computer gaming and programming class because of the different experiences and standards I get to learn. This pathway is really fun to be in, and I love all the variety of technology speakers who visit with us. A specific teacher I would like to thank for the experience is Mr. Osborne. He’s taught me a lot throughout the three years he has been here. He has taught me how to program sprites and objects, programming languages, and made different apps on the software, Eclipse. Mr. Osborne is a wonderful teacher to be around, and he has made a huge impact on me. Without him I wouldn’t know how to program apps, sprite, or create code for games.

Another great experience I had was going to Emma. Emma was one of the greatest places to job shadow.  During my experience, I learned lots of new terms, different roles each person plays, and the diversity of the tech world. In addition, I gave the staff a presentation on what I learned and how I could apply the information. The job shadow experience boosted my confidence because I am not much of a public speaker. When I spoke in front of the Emma staff, it really opened my eyes that I have the ability to speak to anyone without being nervous. If it wasn’t for Dr. Berry, my academy coach, I would not know about Emma.

Thanks to all of my academy teachers and peers for this wonderful experience throughout my years at Stratford STEM Magnet High School. The experiences and classes have provided me with so much knowledge that it allows me to teach to my siblings and other students.  It is for these experiences, events, and understandings that have made my academy experience so wonderful.