Mike Town, one of Tesla STEM High School’s founding teachers, is a recipient of the Patsy Collins Award for Excellence in Education, Environment, and Community.
Members of the Keller community care!
At Keller, we strive to create and nurture a Culture of Caring:
- Caring for yourself: I am on time; I am organized; I take care of myself.
- Caring for others: I respect schoolmates and care about them; I look for the best in others.
- Caring for the community: I respect school property; I want to help in my community.
We are a bucket-filling school! The theory of the Dipper and the Bucket (adapted from the book How Full is Your Bucket?):
Each of us has in invisible bucket that is constantly emptied or filled depending on what others say or do to us. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When it’s empty, we feel awful. Each of us also has an invisible dipper that can be used to fill or empty other people’s buckets. We fill buckets by saying or doing things to increase their positive emotions -- when we do this we also fill our own buckets. When we use the dipper to dip from others’ buckets -- by doing or saying things that decrease their positive emotions -- we also diminish our own. Every drop in our bucket makes us stronger and more optimistic. But an empty bucket poisons our outlook, saps our energy, and undermines our will. People who bully often have empty buckets. So we face a choice every moment of every day: We can fill one another’s buckets, or we can dip from them. It’s an important choice -- one that profoundly influences our relationships, productivity, health, and happiness.
Teachers and students can fill each other's buckets by filling out bucket drops. Check out our bulletin board outside the office!
Learn more about the book on which our bucket-filling philosophy is based.
Learn more about the bucket-filling concept.
Students in the primary grades are taught to use this powerful conflict management tool.
Students in the intermediate grades are taught to use the PeaceBuilder principles in their relationships.