Mr. Bryson has been teaching business, computer, and information technology for the Laurel Highlands School District since 2008. Mr. Bryson took over the teaching role for the AOF in 2013. Mr. Bryson holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Adminstration with a concentration in Finance from California University of Pennsylvania. He obtained his Business, Computer, and Information Technology teaching certification from Seton Hill University. Mr. Bryson also earned a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2013.Prior to entering the field of education, Mr. Bryson worked as a staff accountant for GNC, in downtown Pittsburgh.
history and structure
The Academy of Finance of Laurel Highlands was founded in 2004 when the Laurel Highlands School District partnered with the National Academy Foundation (NAF). NAF academies are structured as small, focused learning communities that fit within and enhance high school systems, allowing NAF to become an integral part of a plan for higher achievement at low cost. NAF promotes open enrollment for its academies in order to maximize every student’s chance at a successful future. The flexible structure encourages teacher collaboration across subject areas and fosters personalization to meet student, school, district, and state needs and goals.
curriculum and instruction
The Academy of Finance of Laurel Highlands provides a rigorous, industry-validated career-themed curriculum that incorporates current industry standards and practices, literacy strategies, and STEM integration. The AOF's instructional practices foster cross-curriculum collaboration so students can make connections across subject areas. The AOF's curricula is created in partnership with industry professionals and designed around projects that help students acquire valuable workplace skills and see their education as a step toward long-term career options. The AOF empowers students to expand the boundaries of the classroom in non-traditional ways that ensure lessons have real-world application to growing industries.
Work-based learning brings the classroom to the workplace and the workplace to the classroom. This instructional strategy provides students with a well-rounded skill set that goes beyond academics and includes the soft skills needed to succeed in college and the working world. NAF’s approach to work-based learning is centered on a continuum of work-based learning experiences beginning with career awareness activities, progressing to career exploration activities, and culminating in career preparation activities, including internships. Businesspeople guest speak in classrooms, host college and career skills workshops, and take part in mock interviews. Students have the opportunity to tour worksites, network with, and shadow business professionals. Work-based learning culminates in an internship that allows students to apply their classroom skills and learn more about what it takes to succeed.
300 Bailey Avenue
Uniontown, PA 15401
(724) 437-4741, Ext. 2173