Jake Giardina

 

Welcome to the Maxine Giardina Charter School website.        

I welcome you, not only as the chairman of the MAX Charter School Board, but as a committed citizen and a concerned parent who can personally relate to your experience of having a child with dyslexia.  After years of trying to find help for two of my own sons, our family formed the Giardina Family Foundation in 1997 in an effort to address the needs of people with dyslexia, ADHD, and related learning differences.

The realization that even more help was needed for so many under-served children with unique educational needs prompted a meeting with Dr. Steve Hulbert, president of Nicholls State University.  Dr. Hulbert liked the idea of establishing a public school on the university campus, and the dream became a reality when the Maxine Giardina Charter School at Nicholls State University opened its doors to a maximum enrollment of 120 students, Grades 1-8, on Wednesday, August 15, 2007.

The school, in collaboration with the Louisiana Center for the Study of Dyslexia and Related Learning Disorders and the College of Education at Nicholls State University, has only been in existence two years, but already it has influenced the lives of the students and parents it serves.

Beginning each day with the philosophy that all children can learn when their learning disorders are properly diagnosed, when their teachers are properly trained, and when their educational environment emphasizes support, dignity, and individual responsibility, the MAX Charter School strives daily to fulfill its mission of empowering the lives of these students who learn differently.

The MAX School is the first of its kind in Louisiana and has become a source for on-going professional development of in-service teachers and field experience training for pre-service teachers at the university.  One day it may even be a model of collaboration for other universities and school districts to emulate.

 Feel free to visit our website on a regular basis.  You’ll soon discover what makes the MAX Charter School so special, so unique, and so necessary.

 Sincerely,

 Jake Giardina

MAX Charter School Board, Chairman

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