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Workshops Give Students, Teacher a Sense of Teamwork

Stephanie Haines strives to provide her students with a collaborative learning environment. By using workshops, they get that and much more.

Whether it’s math, English Language Arts, or another subject, using workshops gives her fourth-grade students at Reach Charter Academy a small group space to work together to figure out the solution to a problem or work on a specific standard. It provides them with a structure that they are familiar with that enables them to be cognizant of the standards they need to work on. And they do all of that as they build their self-esteem, check each other’s answers, give each other advice, and learn from each other.

Ms. Haines teaching her Reach students

“I love the peer collaboration and how they debate with one another and come to conclusions,” Haines said. “I love building self-esteem and helping them believe in themselves so they can better. That’s my main thing.”

Ms. Haines teaching her Reach students

Haines has been teaching for 15 years and also has served as a paraprofessional. She was nominated for Teacher of the Year from the state of Michigan in 2023.

Ms. Haines at Reach Charter Academy

This is her first year at Reach, which has outperformed the local district since 2010-11. She was initially impressed with the demeanor of the administration during her job interview and has enjoyed the friendliness displayed by staff and students.

Ms. Haines teaching her Reach students in ELA small group

“I love the open door policy from the administration. I love that everything you need is here,” she said. “If there’s something you need and it’s not here, they’re able to get it for you. I love my students, they’re very well behaved. They work hard.”

Keep up the excellent work, Ms. Haines!

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About Reach Charter Academy
Reach Charter Academy is a tuition-free, public charter school in Roseville, Michigan, serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. It is part of the National Heritage Academies network, which includes more than 100 tuition-free, public charter schools serving more than 65,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade across nine states. For more information, visit

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