Dr. Sheila Tillett-Holas
Blue Ribbon Results Child Care Center was birthed out of the love and compassion for children who struggle to read, write, and solve basic math problems. All of Dr. Holas’ experiences and education led her to believe that it is not that students can’t learn, but a matter of how to best teach students the way their brain learns. Jensen (2008b) wrote, “Brain-based education is best understood in three words: engagement, strategies, and principles” (p. 410). Brain- based education is learning in accordance with the way the brain is biologically designed to learn.
Mrs. Holas, earned her doctorate June 2015 in Education Leadership and a minor in Brain-based leadership. In addition, she has trained extensively for 9 years in the area of brain-based education, principles, and strategies in hope of developing a program for improving and designing instruction that will deliver significant results. Blue Ribbon Results’ instructional program utilizes knowledge of Brain-based principles and strategies, pre assessments, observation data to create initial Individual Learning Plans.
Prior to Blue Ribbon Results, Mrs. Holas served as an elementary principal at a Title I school for four years and built an impeccable history for demonstrating effectiveness in increasing student academic achievement while increasing appropriate student behaviors. Under her leadership, 90% – 100% of Grade 3, 4, and 5 students met or exceeded the benchmarks on reading, writing, math, science, and history on the Virginia SOL test. In addition, her school received Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and full accreditation. In 2006, the school was named a Title I Distinguished School. Academic achievement soared in 2008 and the students were recognized for scoring 25% above the state benchmarks. By 2009, the school received the highest honor for academic achievement, receiving the 2009 Blue Ribbon School Award. That same year, Mrs. Holas was 1 of 8 principals in the country awarded the Terrel Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership in Increasing Academic Achievement. Blue Ribbon Results has replicated the Brain-based instructional model used to improve student learning at a preschool level. The end of the year PALs indicated that our fulltime students were at and most above grade level. DRA showed that our 4 and 5 year old students were reading between a first and second grade level. Teaching with the brain in mind gets Blue Ribbon Results!!
Mrs. Nikieta Lambert
Nikieta Lambert is a graduate of the Hampton University School of Business. A published poet, she has a passion for literacy and is experienced in helping preschool students learn to read using Brain Based Learning principles. For the past four years, she has studied brain-based education and has conducted BBL training classes for various schools/organizations wanting to learn how to actively and purposefully engage children 2-6 years of age in higher level learning in different environments. “My favorite part of teaching at Blue Ribbon is seeing the light bulb turn on in all the little minds. I love seeing the connections made in literacy, math skills, and when they learn different characteristics of God that make their eyes open wide!”