U R Beautiful

This is a guest post from Dr. Chad Gestson, principal of Camelback High School from Valentine’s Day 2014. As you can imagine, Valentine’s Day is a very difficult day for many high school girls.  Though to the public this is a day of love and romance, this...

If it were easy …

This guest post was written by John DeWulf, Chair of the Executive Committee of Social Venture Partners Of course, if it were easy everyone would be doing it. Dr. Geston’s program of improving a school by changing its culture – changing the way students and teachers...

Fashion Club and Beyond

Hi Bruce and Happy New Year! The website is looking great and thanks for including me in the launch. It’s exciting to see Chad’s vision along with SVP’s partnership continue to evolve. I am proud of the Fashion Club and now the Career and Technical...

School Climate Survey

This post was written by Carol Cox, retired human resource Senior VP at PetsMart. Dr. Gestson and I met several times and reviewed human resource issues which included the need to find out if the changes at CBHS were having an effect on the students and what...

A heartfelt letter of thanks

This letter was written by Julia Bourdo, Marketing Teacher at Camelback High School. You can reach Julia at [email protected] union.org.  Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts concerning SVPAZ and Camelback Partnerships’ work at Camelback over the...

A Master Toastmaster Mentor

This post is Jeff Stevens’ description of his work with the DECA and Toastmasters classes over 27 years. Jeff is a local architect. In February of 1987, I was approached by a fellow member, Doug Ullrich, of my Toastmaster group who asked if I would be interested...