The goal of professional development is to maintain and improve professional competence and to keep abreast of new technology and practices. Here are some of the great courses they have been taking:
In the Lower School, Kindergarten teacher Michelle Lanks attended a workshop that focused on children's literature, content literature, action research, and theoretical foundations of reading and writing. Michelle is working toward completing her requirements for a Master's Degree in Literature this Fall. Third Grade teacher Megan Thomas participated in the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 'Go Math' curriculum workshop in addition to being a counselor at the Rebel Rays Summer Program and coaching at Downtown Sports basketball camps (Megan is an assistant coach for the Lady Rebels Championship Basketball team at SRDS).
Yvonne McCort who teaches Grade 2 also attended a workshop that focused on incorporating STEAM concepts into the curriculum.
Carla Staffaroni teaches Upper School Spanish at SRDS. She attended an AP Summer Institute workshop at the Taft School for AP Spanish Language and Culture. Carla is also working toward completing the requirements for her Master's Degree in Spanish with a focus on pedagogy at Middlebury College. She is studying Spanish phonetics, Spanish teaching methodology and classic Spanish literature.
Stacey Giordano teaches Upper School science courses and serves as part of the Administration team as the Dean of Faculty. She attended a week-long course at the Bard College Institute for Writing and Thinking with a focus on teaching the academic paper. Three other faculty members also attended the program at Bard including Kathy Philipp, Katie Hoffman and Deirdre Angrick who took various courses with a focus in their respective academic fields.
And finally, Engineering teacher Anastasia Kelly attended a 3-day STEM workshop at Dwight Englewood where she learned about coding, arduino and some robotics. She also taught a workshop to approximately 30 teachers about Engineering and Design at the Middle School level on Long Island.
Congratulations to all of our faculty for your dedication and hard work!