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News & Views - Jun, 1993 Issue #22 

A Center for Transition Study
Doug Kim-Brown, Executive Director
Sandpoint, Idaho
208-265-0207 (FAX 208-263-6908 )

Doug Kim-Brown, Headmaster of Rocky Mountain Academy from 1988 until 1993, has announced plans for a new academic and experiential center which will focus on college-age students who are seeking a clearer direction for their lives.

In the lockstep progression from high school to college and from college to their first jobs, many young adults who are otherwise healthy, emotionally and socially, suffer from anxiety about finding their places in the world, about discovering how they want to contribute their working lives, about developing skills that will support them and that they will enjoy employing.

The Echo Springs Center for Transition Study will provide a setting in which important discoveries of self can be made by young adults in transition. By combining coursework, testing, guidance, peer counseling, and internships, the center will lay the foundation from which its graduates can launch their lives.

Executive Director Doug Kim-Brown emphasizes that Echo Springs is a departure from the students he has worked with in the past. "The students at Echo Springs will be making a choice to take a brief time out from their formal academic experience in order to gain a better perspective on their life's goals and needs. They are not students in need of the intense structure and treatment that is available at Hilltop or North Star."

The Center is located on a 160-acre ranch in a rolling valley in Bonner County, Idaho, 10 miles southeast of Sandpoint. There are three main buildings on the property, as well as a large garden and an orchard. Since the property adjoins a National Forest, there will be ample opportunities for backpacking, hiking, trail rides, and cross-country skiing. The Center's students can take full advantage of the cultural and educational opportunities of Sandpoint and the surrounding area.

Before Executive Director Doug Kim-Brown became headmaster of Rocky Mountain Academy, he served as the head of the CEDU School in Running Springs, California. He has also served as the Head of the Upper School at RMA, co-directed two San Francisco schools, and maintained a practice as an educational consultant.

Mary Weber-Quinn, the Assistant Director has been an experiential education consultant with a Colorado School District where she managed a wildlife refuge and developed the district's environmental education program. She has worked the last 6 years with the faculty at Rocky Mountain Academy, most recently as the Director of the Academic Program.

The Center's Director of Studies is Sharon B. Kreider. Sharon has extensive training in dance, fitness, creative arts and counseling. She has taught and consulted for over 13 years and has worked 8 years as a counselor.

Copyright 1993, Woodbury Reports, Inc. (This article may be reproduced without prior approval if the copyright notice and proper publication and author attribution accompanies the copy.)

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