DONOR NEWS | SEPTEMBER 2019
Teacher Spotlight: Brian Sigman
Brian Sigman is in his fourth year of teaching math and technology at Summit Academy. He comes from a family of engineers and has always been interested in STEM activities and pathways. As a self-proclaimed nerd, Brian says it’s no surprise he has ended up teaching Math and Computer Science.
While Brian acknowledges there are sometimes challenges working with Summit’s unique student population, he also says, “the rewards are off the charts compared to any other school I’ve been at.” He takes particular joy in seeing what our students can accomplish when given the opportunity.
In addition to teaching Summit students, Brian teaches fellow teachers. He has been partnered with Code.org and Advance Kentucky as a facilitator for AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) for over 3 years. In that role, Brian teaches teachers how to teach AP CSP. He has helped train about 100 teachers from Kentucky and all over the country.
Brian was born in Detroit but spent his middle and high school years in Columbus, OH. He started his college career at the University of Cincinnati and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Math (minor in Secondary Education) from the University of Illinois – Springfield. Brian lived in Chicago for 15 years before moving to Louisville. He and his wife, Amanda, have three children: Lucas (7), Ainslie (4), and Jacob (10 months).
“There’s something so amazing about the community that has been built here; from the teachers to the administration to the students and their families. The transformations that I have seen in students in my short time here have been life altering for these kids. Too many of them have been let down at their previous schools, but the love and the positivity that exists between these walls is enough to reverse any let downs they may have had.”
Give for Good Louisville
Summit Academy is participating in Give for Good Louisville on Thursday, September 12. This 24-hour online day of giving, led by The Community Foundation of Louisville, is an opportunity to unite our community around causes in which we truly believe and help nonprofit organizations connect to the larger community.
On September 12, please consider investing in Summit Academy! Your support will provide critical tools and resources for students who struggle with learning differences.
Please join us on Thursday, October 24 at 8:00am at The Olmsted for our 16th Annual Mountaintop Breakfast! This free, one-hour event features remarks from those impacted by Summit Academy, updates from school leadership and more.
This year, we are taking a look at the transformations occuring in our students and our school as we move into the future. You won’t want to miss this powerful, emotional and informative morning!