As we approach the new school year, we decided it might be nice for families to hear directly from our Admissions Director. A kind of behind the scenes of what happens with all the applications that come in to us. So, we went to Mrs. Brenda Rodie and had an honest heart to heart with her about what it is she does around here.
Me: How long have you been working in Admissions at MHA?
Brenda: Hmm, well, I’ve been working at MHA since 2003. But the Admissions process has really evolved over that time. I’ve seen it grow so much during those 14 years.
Me: What do you love about your job?
Brenda: I love the variety of my job and the chance to meet new people and welcome them to MHA. I love being part of a world-class team of educators who are always striving to give the best education possible for our students and who have a passion for showing God’s love to their students.
Me: What would you like every family to know about the admissions process?
Brenda: That it isn’t just one job but a series of tasks that need delicate handling. Each person is so individual and so important and I take that seriously. Also, we have come a long way from the “old” days where it was a paper only process. We are always working on improving and finding better ways of making the process as smooth and efficient for our families as possible.
Me: What can each family expect during the application process?
Brenda: That I am working hard on their files. That I want every family to get the results they need from the process. But that it takes time and that I appreciate their patience when it may take longer than expected. When your working with children it’s so personal, I know this!
Me: Is there anything in particular that you want from families when they apply?
Brenda: I love when families submit all of the required paperwork at once. It isn’t always possible and I completely understand that, but when we have all the necessary information gathered, it helps the process go much more smoothly. However, be honest about any concerns you have regarding your child’s education and expectations. While we want to welcome all students who want to be at MHA, we want to make sure that we are the right fit for all of our families.
Me: What advice would you give families applying to MHA?
Brenda: Apply as early as possible, especially families who may need financial aid so that those questions can be addressed. Don’t be afraid to call and ask questions if anything is unclear. We want everyone to be on the same page and in constant communication.
With that in mind, if you have any additional questions about the Admissions process, feel free to contact either Brenda Rodie or myself, Agape Hammond, to keep open lines of communication at all times. We love our families!