Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Dual Student Finds Purpose in Service of Others


Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Rio Salado dual enrollment student Lexi Von Hatten, a senior at Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale is experiencing that first hand.

This ABC 15 story by reporter Nohelani Graf sheds light on the volunteer work Von Hatten is doing to help special needs students—and the discoveries she’s made along the way.

Von Hatten, who hopes to be a teacher one day, is also a member of Educators Rising Arizona, which helps mentor young people on a path to becoming teachers— and challenged her and fellow members to find a community project that would make an impact.

photo of sensory room at Mountain Ridge, with a rock climbing wall, trampoline, and other activity areas.
Sensory Room at Mountain Ridge

As her project, Von Hatten chose to help Mountain Ridge create a more dynamic “sensory room,” a place where kids living with disabilities can find a calm place to focus and learn when things get a little too stressful in the classroom. "My greater hope is this will cause a ripple effect," said Von Hatten.

Another view of sensory room with obstacle course

Another view of sensory room with swings and padded colorful flooring


Another view of sensory room with swings and padded colorful flooring and kids at play with an instructor


“We are so proud of Lexi’s efforts,” said Rio Salado’s Director of Field and Student Teaching Experiences Kim Tobey. “Through our dual enrollment program and Educator’s Rising, Lexi is getting a head start in her teaching career—and already making a difference in the classroom.”

Visit these web pages for more information about our Dual Enrollment and Teacher Education programs:
www.riosalado.edu/dual
www.riosalado.edu/programs/education