We accept students for who they are and meet students where they are.
My why for working at Pathways High is...
...to ensure that all students receive the education that will unleash their potential and unlock their passions. I want to make sure every kid no matter their zip code, race or identity feels valued. I am part of Pathways High because it’s a special place where kids are safe to be curious and explore their interests.
...the culture, love of learning through authentic inquiry, and trusting relationships between students, families, and staff! I love being part of a unique place where in addition to rigorous academics, students' identities and development are truly the center of our "why." I feel privileged to have the opportunity to lead, grow, and learn alongside the Pathways High community.
...because I want to be a part of more than just a single small school, but rather one that is helping make Education itself more equitable, more relevant to the future, and more fun. After years of working in schools where everyone is just trying to "get through" material and the memorable experiences happen after the school day ends, I have found a place where we are innovating and changing the face of American education to truly serve all children as unique individuals with not just potential for the future, but the capacity to impact their community now.
Dean of Culture
...because I truly believe that there isn't one path that a student can take. I love being surrounded by individuals that invest in supporting students on these various paths that students choose to take. I also love seeing the outcomes that may be unpredictable times, but are always inspiring.
...because I see a need for radical change in the field of education. As an educational model, Pathways High is willing to take risks, push boundaries, and ask "why not?" instead of accepting the traditional answers. I am here to figure out with our students what is possible and how best to support their needs as young adults who are also asking "why not?" of the world around them.
...because I want to work with students to develop the skills they need to empower themselves. This is different for each student, and the Pathways High model embraces these differences. No single path is the "right" one, there isn't a single path that is perfect for every student. At Pathways High we embrace this.
...because it's the perfect fit for me. The philosophy of the school, the administrators, the staff and the students aligns with my personal philosophy of how students should be treated in schools. I see everyday how engaged students can be when the content is made applicable to their interests and to their life situations."
Computer & Math Teacher
...because traditional education is not working for far too many of our nation's learners. It is frustrating to see a student's potential caged rather than unleashed. When given the opportunity to work for a school with the potential to revolutionize both how learning happens and is measured, I had to take it!
...is because I seek to build bridges between different communities around Milwaukee and around the world in order to tackle real-world problems through intellectual collaborations and allyship. I hope to facilitate youth empowering themselves through these efforts and mobilizing themselves to disrupt and dismantle global systems that consistently seek to disempower them. I also hope this connectedness brings them global perspectives, insight, expertise, fulfillment, and joy.
Special Education Support
...because no two students are the same! Each and every student learns in different ways and at different paces. Pathways High embraces these differences and uses them to help students succeed. Students get to use their learning to help impact those around them, and that is something I wish I could have experienced in high school, what an opportunity!
dr. melissa Schoeffel
... because I believe that the Pathways model is a more equitable approach to education and that it better prepares our children to face the significant social and environmental challenges they're inheriting. I am thrilled to be a part of the Pathways community!