Two years ago, Lodestone began in converted warehouse building on Bumby with one student. We have since moved, and grown into a space with three separate buildings (an outside playground & basketball court) and serve seventeen students. This year we are planning to revamp the playground, and we continue to add educational services to our repertoire. We have monitored our growth carefully and have changed the structure of our organization three different times. Each adjustment has improved our quality control, enhanced the services we provide our students, and has built a tighter-knit faculty. This past year, our clinical director (Anita Li) and director of operations (Jamar Johnson) led these changes, and have developed a team that I am extremely proud of. One of our changes was to create the additional role of assistant clinical director (Jason Lewis) and assistant director of operations (John Morrison). In addition, as we added different options of faculty to student ratios (from only 2:1 to 1:1 and now 1:3) we needed a different system of responsibility for each case.
We launched our new system in which the our behavior specialists (Christina, Jason, Karli, & Brittany) had responsibility for the implementation and data analysis of a few students, and managed a team of behavior technicians. This provided the ability to ensure that every staff member who worked with a student was well-trained specifically to that student’s needs. Our team implemented a daily feedback mechanisms by which both technicians and specialists provide input on how things worked that day and what could be done to improve Lodestone. We use this data frequently, and find that frequent small adjustments keep our team humming along like a well-oiled machine!
This summer, we began a search for a new clinical director because ours was offered admission to several PhD programs in behavior analysis and going to be moving in the fall. We were simultaneously very proud and very sad. I began by reaching out to recruit some of the top talent in behavior analysis from around the country, and even flew a few in to check Lodestone out and see if we’d be a good fit. Each and every person who has spoken with our team has come away amazed at what they saw. We have an incredibly committed faculty who love what they do and are excited to show up and serve our students each day. Each visitor exclaimed that they’d never witnessed such respect and love both towards the students, but also towards their co-workers. I couldn’t be prouder! It is because of this dedication that I’m confident in the positive changes we make each day with every student. Finally, after three months of searching, we landed on the perfect fit: Marc D’Antin. With his experience within the school systems, his dedication to our science, and his constant desire to learn, he will be a fantastic addition to our team.
Of course, we wouldn’t be where we are without the support and trust of each of our student’s parents and caregivers. We appreciate all the hard work and advocacy that you do for your children, and our invested in helping them achieve their highest potential at Lodestone. This past year, we had some amazing successes, and continue to expect more of the same. Please don’t hesitate to contact us as we begin our third school year. We can’t wait to see how our students soar!