Monday, January 24, 2011

The Hairiest Staff Member at Central Elementary

So I can't believe I haven't posted about this staff member sooner - I can't believe it wasn't my FIRST posting.  But alas - I am now getting around to making all of you other blogger educators out there very jealous.


Back in November, the staff and students at Central were very excited to welcome the newest member of our staff.  Allen!




Allen is a two year old Black Lab/Golden Retriever Mix.  He is a full time service dog who works at our school!  Allen began his training at the age of 3 weeks - as soon as his eyes opened.  He was trained at the Indiana Women's Prison in Indianapolis in the Indiana Canine Assistance Network.



He was in training for two full years where he worked with many different trainers and fur-lowers.  I applied for our school to receive a dog back in August of this school year and in October I received a phone call saying that they might have a dog for us!  So I went to go meet Allen and it was Love at first pet :)  

My husband and I went through a week long (9am - 3pm) training course on how to train/continue to train/and handle a service dog.  What a great experience!!  

Allen's first day in our school was November 1st and he hit our school running.  The students absolutely adore him!!  He has made such an impact on our behavior and motivation - he is simply irreplaceable.  

Here are a few newsletters and posters we put out to parents and other schools announcing Allen.  





Here are a few more picture of him in ACTION! :)





Like I said - he has drastically changed the atmosphere of our school and I don't know what we'd do without him.  I'll post more later about what he does specifically in the school - but feel free to ask question if you have any!  Jealous - aren't you ;)  Goodnight!!

3 comments:

  1. Oh my, I had tears in my eyes seeing that beautiful dog working with your students! How wonderful! I'm biased, of course, as I have 3 black labs that are the loves of my life.

    But seriously, what an amazing motivator for the students. You're right. I am very jealous! But I'm so happy for your school :)

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  2. What a cutie!!! BTW, I like your music on your page. :) I hope you have a great week!

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  3. What a great principal you must have...how wonderful for all those kids that don't have doggies at home! Post more, more, more please!
    ~Fern
    Fern Smith’s Classroom Ideas!

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