B.A., Goddard College
M.Ed., Antioch New England
Started at The Common School:
Family, gardening, small scale animal husbandry, camping, hiking, swimming, skating, traveling and art
What brought you to The Common School?
I first came to The Common School in 2006 as a parent enrolling my then three-year-old daughter into her first school, while at the same time completing my student teaching practicum in Elementary One as a part of my graduate program.
Tell us about a favorite teaching moment at The Common School:
A favorite teaching moment during our Community Study last year was when we launched the Forest Friday program in Primary One. As a part of initiating this program we applied for a special permit that would grant us permission to use a section of conservation land located right behind the school on a weekly basis. As a class we wrote a group letter explaining our plans and intentions for this space, and then rode the PVTA bus to Town Hall to present the letter to the head of the Conservation Commission. It was amazing to witness the students all seated around such an official table, so tempted by the swing of the swivel chairs, carefully articulating their intentions to protect and care for the environment.
What do you like best about The Common School?
The people and places that comprise this wonderful community. Larch Hill, Bramble Hill Farm, The Children’s Garden, The Adventure Yard, and The Backyard are in a word: magical. The library is an incredible asset and truly the heart of the school. Classrooms are designed to build community and harness the brilliance of childhood. The staff here are talented, hard-working, deep-thinking, and compassionate professionals. Families are welcoming and supportive. Our children are kind and clever individuals who are capable of anything!