about-bird
JENNYKATE MARBLE

Education:

B.A., MLIS, M.Ed.

Started at The Common School:

2015

Outside interests:

Outside of work I spend time with my family outdoors.  Some of our favorite spots are Amethyst Brook, the Peace Pagoda and the Quabbin.  I’m (very) slowly teaching myself the art of visible mending.  I love running, especially in the summer, most especially at the beach.  I’m striving to be an anti-racist white person.

What brought you to The Common School?

Before coming to The Common School, I felt drawn to what I read on the website about the school’s commitment to social justice as well as many opportunities for mixed-age grouping and outdoor play.

Tell us about a favorite teaching moment at The Common School:

One favorite teaching moment happened a few years ago, while doing a project on This I Believe with E2 students.  When I introduced the project and told students that they’d be writing their own essays and recording them, one kid in particular said he had nothing to write about and didn’t like the sound of his own voice.  As the project progressed and more stories were shared and discussed with classmates, this same person eventually wrote a poignant piece about quitting something he loved for the wrong reason and finally making his way back to it.  When he braved sharing this piece with his peers, so many students connected to his story and admired the way he put it together.  I love when students realize that their stories matter.

What do you like best about The Common School?

I appreciate the way kids can follow their curiosities here at The Common School.  Kids are not only allowed, but encouraged to think deeply, question everything and take risks.  I think the time students spend outside at The Common School is unparalleled.  Within the past few years, our school has been intentional about centering equity and social justice, and while we still have far to go, I am proud to be a part of an institution with that goal in mind.