Make the Transition Back to School Successful

By Steve Johnson, owner of College Nannies, Sitters and Tutors

Back to school means picking up the pace of homework, teacher meetings, and extracurricular activities. Many kids are less than excited to make the transition, but it doesn’t have to be painful. Getting your kids excited for the school year will make it easier for both them and you. The team at College Nannies, Sitters and Tutors has a few suggestions to help ease back into school.

Getting Them Excited

Kids dread leaving summer behind for the school year. There are lots of ways to build excitement and get them eager to meet their new teachers and fellow classmates.

Plan a day to take your kids shopping for school supplies. Make a list of everything needed and let them pick out patterns and their favorite cartoon characters. You can close the day with a special dinner to add to the memory.

The night before their first day back, help them choose a nice outfit to wear—something they love—so they wake up excited to get ready for the day. Take annual first-day-of-school pictures to help them understand that the first day back doesn’t have to be bad. This is also fun when you take a picture on the last day and visually see their growth.

Encourage your child to try multiple activities to give them something to look forward to outside of the classroom. Whether it be after-school sports, art classes, clubs or church groups—the opportunities are endless!

Easing the Process

Create a schedule for the school year. Implement the bedtime and wake up time a week before school starts. This will ensure that everyone eases into their new sleep times, and are ready for the rest of the schedule: after-school activities, and homework or study time. Keep each kid’s schedule handy so that everyone in the family is on the same page.

The beginning of the school year doesn’t have to be scary or dreadful for anyone. With the right motivation and planning, your family will slide effortlessly right in to your fall schedule! For more information about options to help ease into the new school year, reach out to the staff at College Nannies, Sitters and Tutors at 210-202-0303 or www.collegesitters.com.

 

College Nannies, Sitters and Tutors Wins National Award

San Antonio Staff of College Nannies and Tutors (Lynn and Steve Johnson, co-owners in San Antonio, Joe Keeley, Company Founder, Amber Turner, Learning Center Manager, Morgan Everett, Role Model Manager)
San Antonio Staff of College Nannies and Tutors (Lynn and Steve Johnson, co-owners in San Antonio, Joe Keeley, Company Founder, Amber Turner, Learning Center Manager, Morgan Everett, Role Model Manager)

Submitted By Steve Johnson

The San Antonio Stone Oak office of College Nannies and Tutors was recently presented the Rock Star Franchise Award by the national Franchisor at the company’s Annual Franchisee meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This award is based on the performance of the Stone Oak office during 2015 compared to other offices nationally. They were one of 12 Territories recognized nationally out of 107 College Nannies, Sitters and Tutors territories in 29 states.

According to Steve Johnson, owner of the San Antonio franchise, “our growth and success continues to be driven by hiring and training outstanding employees who deliver consistent high quality nanny and tutor services every day.” Due to their overall success and rapid growth in the San Antonio market, Johnson stated they now employ over 80 people, all new jobs to the area since 2014.

He also feels that their success is attributed to the uniqueness of their model in the San Antonio marketplace. Their My Sitter app makes it easy for families to schedule on demand care. In fact, they now get more mobile care requests than care booked through the office. The company provides nannies, sitters, and tutors for families but maintains the employment relationship. “Our employees get a W2 and are screened, background checked and trained. We take care of the business end of things – pay, employment taxes, training, insurance and scheduling, so the family and employee focus on what is important – the children!”

The owners also regularly give back to the local community. All summer long, they are offering weekly free practice tests for the SAT and ACT. They also support educator recognition programs at Johnson, Reagan, Brandeis, and O’Connor high schools.

When asked what’s next, Johnson said that they are expanding to serve the rest of the north San Antonio market, including Shavano Park, Alamo Heights, and surrounding areas. “We will continue our focus in Stone Oak and the Helotes area. We recently opened our second learning center at the HEB Plus at Bandera and 1604 this past fall and have expanded our tutoring there as well.” You can learn more about College Nannies and Tutors at their web site www.collegenanniesandtutors.com or call 210-202-0303.

 

Central Catholic High School Announces New Principal

With 35 years as an educator under his belt, Wohlfarth is sure to continue the tradition and excellence that has long characterized Central Catholic High School.
With 35 years as an educator under his belt, Wohlfarth is sure to continue the tradition and excellence that has long characterized Central Catholic High School.

Submitted By Henry Van de Putte

Central Catholic High School announced today the appointment of Mr. Michael Wohlfarth as the school’s new principal. Mr. Wohlfarth joins our distinguished school community after having served as Schertz-Cibolo Universal City Independent School District’s Director of Secondary Education and was formerly the principal at Byron P. Steele II High School from 2008-2015. He will replace Mr. Paul Garro, President of Central Catholic High School, who had served as both principal and president during the 2015-16 school year.

“Mike’s experience as an educator for 35 years has prepared him to be a transformational leader for our school. Under his guidance, Central Catholic will continue to develop young men of character through faith, leadership, and academics,” said Paul Garro, president of Central Catholic. “Our Marianist tradition of excellence, both in and outside the classroom, is in great hands.”

Working with Central Catholic leadership, Partners in Mission School Leadership Search Solutions, based in Boston, MA, provided search counsel and conducted an extensive nationwide search of qualified candidates for the Principal position. Finalists from across the country were then submitted to our search committee and invited to visit our campus and school community. The search committee included, parents, faculty, alumni and board members who interviewed and vetted finalists for recommendation to our Board of Directors by Paul Garro.

Mr. Wohlfarth began his career as a teacher and coach in Northside Independent School District at Pat Neff Middle School in 1981. In 1985 he moved to John Marshall High School, where he spent 10 years teaching and coaching before transitioning into the role of Vice Principal at Clemens High School. From 2001 to 2008, Mr. Wohlfarth served as the Principal at Dobie Junior High School, later moving to Steele High School as Principal in 2008. After dedicating many years in schools, he decided to move to the central office where he worked as the district’s Director of Secondary Education in 2015, where he was responsible for advanced curriculum design, staff development, and extracurricular activities. Mr. Wohlfarth holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University and a Master’s degree from Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M – Kingsville).

“Central Catholic has been an educational leader in San Antonio since 1852. I am honored and proud to join such an amazing community devoted to developing young men in the Marianist tradition,” said Wohlfarth. “My father was a graduate from the class of 1949 and I grew up hearing stories of how Central helped shape him into the man he became. I am blessed to be able to serve this incredible school and look forward to working with the students, parents, faculty, and staff.”

Central Catholic High School is a private Roman Catholic Marianist College preparatory educational community of faith serving young men from economically and culturally diverse backgrounds. The first boys school in San Antonio and still one of the largest all-male private secondary schools in the state of Texas, Central Catholic High School remains a prestigious landmark in San Antonio and a symbol throughout South Texas of teaching excellence. To learn more, visit http://www.cchs-satx.org.