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Student Support Services

Kristel Solomon

Student Support Director

 

Student Support Services at TKS

The TKS  mission and vision to ignite curiosity, inspire creativity, and investigate solutions, are realized through our aspirations to be a courageous leader in education, pursuing excellence, inspiring discovery, and positively impact humanity. 

As one of our core values at TKS, inclusion is a central tenet of the Student Support Department’s work.   We live out this value when we support all staff at TKS in their practice of ADVOCATING for diverse learners.  This will ensure meaningful participation where there is ACCESS for students to become AGENTS of their own learning. 

This critical work can only be realized through our ongoing partnership with parents, students and faculty. We recognize the value of family partnerships in the learning journeys of our students, and commit to actively enhance the learning experiences of our students, through intentional engagement with parents and families at KAUST. 

Student Support Services are the responsibility of ALL educators at TKS.  The expertise of the roles within the Student Support Department allow for a specialized approach to work with identified students as well as build capacity within the greater faculty.   Our shared identity and goals within the learning community promote interdependence and require meaningful participation to ensure a truly inclusive learning environment. This commitment begins with drawing on our TKS core values of Adaptability, Innovation, Diversity, Inclusivity and Responsibility.  

The TKS Student Support Department works in partnership with the entire educational team to appropriately challenge, educate and motivate each student to reach their full potential.  It is essential for each child to understand themselves as learners in order to allow for a meaningful and engaging experience. This collaborative process seeks to ensure students are accessing each learning opportunity socially, emotionally, and academically.  The Student Support Department provides a range of direct and indirect multidisciplinary and specialized services including:  

  • Talent and Enrichment 

    • Talent and Enrichment Coordinator 

  • Individualized Learning Program

    • Coordinator and Teaching Assistants

  • School Psychology Services

    • School Psychologist

  • Speech and Language Therapy

    • Speech and Language Pathologist

    • Coordination with external agencies

  • English Language Learner/ Multilingual Learner Support

    • Coordinator with faculty representatives in KG, GES, GSS

  • Counseling and Postsecondary/University Counseling

    • KG, GES, GSS

  • Learning Support

    • Divisional Leads, Teachers and Teaching Assistants.

 

 

Bio:

Kristel’s dedication and passion in the field of education has led her to work with a wide range of schools and organizations that ensure children have access to quality education so that they may find their individual pathways to excellence. Her personal commitment to leading has allowed her to work closely with the Next Frontier Inclusion (NFI) as their Asia-Pacific Regional Coordinator, The Special Education and Inclusion Association (SENIA) and contribute to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Guidelines for Inclusive Education. As a workshop leader, Kristel endeavors to develop and support teacher self-efficacy in their work with all learners. Her belief in the possibilities and unseen potential of a lifelong learner has led her to explore the physiological and neurological makeup of individuals in order to gain a deeper understanding of our students and enhance our role as educators.

Kristel is a graduate of Temple University with degrees in Elementary and Special Education and a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology. She also holds an additional graduate certification in Mind, Brain and Teaching from Johns Hopkins University.