My work as principal will focus on instruction and learning. I will work closely with teachers to establish high expectations for our students and to equip our students with the skills to meet them. Every student brings unique talents, strengths, and interests to school with them, and those are their greatest assets in overcoming challenges.
As we pursue membership in the California Association of Independent Schools, I will play a big role in our self-study. That provides an opportunity for us to better define our curriculum, improve continuity of instruction across divisions, and build on the strengths that are already a part of our school. In particular, experiential learning, social thinking, and executive functioning are program components that I am excited to build on. And one important area for growth is the promotion of digital citizenship across the program. All of this builds our capacity to maximize academic competence in our students, enhance their connection to the Stanbridge community and the world beyond it, and expand the possibilities for what lies ahead.
You were a teacher at Stanbridge several years ago. What were you up to while you were away? and what brought you back?
I was an Upper Elementary teacher at Stanbridge for nine years between 1999-2008. Since then, I earned a master’s degree in special education, got married, had a baby named Stella (she’s four now), and worked at Oak Hill School in San Anselmo as Director of Education. Oak Hill serves a different population than Stanbridge, but my time there deepened my commitment to seeing students from a strengths-based perspective and helped me appreciate the importance of meaningful relationships as a context for learning. Both schools operate as a community of learners, and the sense of community among students, teachers, and families is what excites me most about returning.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
My first job in education was wilderness camp counselor, which I did for five summers through college. The joy of that work is what pointed me towards this field, and I look for that joy in every job that I do. In fact, my affinity for camping and hiking is what first drew me to Stanbridge. I started when a teacher left suddenly at the beginning of October, and my first week as an Upper Elementary teacher included a camping trip to Point Reyes.
Is there anything else you'd like to tell us that you haven't been asked about?
I take a lot of pride in my longevity as an educator. One of my favorite things is seeing former students as adults. In fact, there is one member of the Stanbridge faculty that I had as a student in Upper Elementary. Can you guess who that is?