Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital
Partnership with Douglass High School Kicks Off 15th School
The Partnership in Education between Frederick Douglass High School and Truman VA kicked off its 15th school year last month with a major change. Angela Fadness is the new Douglass High School teacher assigned to the VA program. She replaces Steve Pass, who retired at the end of the last school year. Pass had been the only Douglass teacher at Truman VA throughout the partnership.
Angela is no stranger to satellite partnership programs like the one at Truman VA. She previously taught for several years in a similar program that Douglass High School had with MBS Textbooks. In addition, she has chaired the Partnership in Education steering committee, which is made up of Douglass faculty and administrative staff and representatives from the various business partners. Besides Truman VA, the partners include the Columbia Daily Tribune, Schnucks Supermarket, Job Point, and The District (downtown business owners).
When asked about her new role, she said, “I want to maintain the strong partnership and help my students develop to meet their post-secondary goals in order to graduate.”
The unique partnership allows up to 10 Douglass students to spend their entire school day at Truman VA. They spend half of their day in the Douglass classroom with Angela and the other half in paid jobs. More than 100 Douglass students have participated successfully in the program since its inception during the 1998-99 school year.
The current Douglass students include O’Shea Clarkson (Sterile Processing), Javonta Hand (Nutrition & Food Service – Meals on Wheels), Agedria Kelly (Recreation Therapy), Rebecca Recarey (Logistics Warehouse), Charles Sherman (Sterile Processing), and Reon Sims (Recreation Therapy).