Teachers in Action

Bolstering Reading Comprehension

Marymount teachers ensure that each and every student is adequately nurtured and challenged. Class IV Head Teachers Sheila Cooney and Katie Williams prioritize their students’ individualized learning styles; in order to bolster their teaching strategies, they attended a workshop at the Winston Preparatory School entitled “Linking Assessment to Remediation: Systems that Support Students with Learning [...]

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The Art & Science of Infographics

Every year, between 900 billion and 2 trillion images of statistical graphics are printed. How can we be equipped to digest all this information? And how can we learn to create effective and captivating graphics of our own? These are some of the questions Itir Arkan, Mathematics Teacher, and Jenn Heger, Associate Director of Communications, [...]

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Making Art & Technology

Nettie McCormick, Visual Arts Teacher, spent a few days this summer at STEAMCamp—Science, Technology, Art, Engineering, & Mathematics Camp—a conference which is organized by NYSAIS. Jaymes Dec, Fab Lab Coordinator at Marymount, was one of the directors and organizers of this professional development opportunity. STEAMCamp brought together educators from all divisions and disciplines in design [...]

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Constructing & Tinkering

Over the summer, Marymount School sent a dynamic team of teachers to Manchester, New Hampshire, for a weeklong conference entitled “Constructing Modern Knowledge.” Faculty members who attended included Filiz Baydar, Mathematics Teacher; Emily Chakwin, Science Teacher; Jennifer Croson, Visual Arts Chair; Sarah Cunningham, Integrated Humanities Coordinator & History Teacher; Jaymes Dec, Fab Lab Coordinator; Michelle [...]

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Lower School Missionaries

Sofia Petruzzelli, Lower School Spanish Teacher, spent a week in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico, on a missions trip with her church. There, she worked at Casa Hogar Alegre, an orphanage serving approximately one hundred children. Ms. Petruzzelli decided to bring a bit of Marymount love along on her trip. Her students made papel picados, beautiful tissue [...]

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Master Class With Brian Greene

Nearly fifty science educators from the New York Metro area including many of Marymount’s science department faculty joined Brian Greene for a master class on quantum mechanics at Marymount’s 97th Street Campus on Wednesday afternoon, May 15. The 75-minute master class challenged participants to consider a phenomenon called entanglement, which allows for actions at one [...]

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Mastering Reading in LS

Riva Kantor, Class II Assistant Teacher, graduated with a Master’s degree from the Reading Specialist Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. There she had the opportunity to study the “Words Their Way” spelling program, which Marymount has recently implemented in its literacy curriculum. This program focuses on spelling puzzles and games, as well as comprehension, [...]

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Navigating Gender Diversity in Schools

Reflecting Marymount’s consistent effort to focus on the holistic development of students, several teachers across the divisions attended the “Understanding Sex, Gender, and Sexuality” conference at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s School. There, they listened to lectures by Sexuality Educator, Deborah Roffman, and Educational Consultant, Jennifer Bryan, about gender and diversity models and how to [...]

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Marymount Team Thinks Big

Headmistress Concepcion Alvar, joined by a team of Marymount faculty and administrators, attended the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference on February 27-March 1, 2013. The theme of the gathering, held in Philadelphia, was “Revolutionary Traditions: Think Big Think Great.” The event was both inspiring and practical, posing provocative questions, and calling for [...]

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Scientific Method in Action

Linda Liang, Middle School mathematics teacher, spent a week in Louisiana studying the common loon with the Earthwatch Institute. The research expedition studied the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the common loon in the Gulf of Mexico. In order to do so, scientists had to measure the level of toxic hydrocarbons [...]

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Challenge-Based Learning with Apple

The Marymount science and technology departments launched the new year by participating in a workshop on challenge-based learning with Apple Development Executive Paul Facteau. Mr. Facteau works with iZone or “innovation zone” schools, and was invited by Eric Walters, Director of Technology, and by Katie Krueger, Co-Chair of the Science Department and Apple Distinguished Educator. During [...]

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Raising Healthy Children

Last week, Marymount nurses Barbara Bode and Maureen Doheny attended a conference for New York City Independent School Health Teachers. At the workshop, teachers from all over the city shared teaching resources and discussed how best to integrate a health curriculum in schools that already have rigorous academic programs. Ms. Bode, Ms. Doheny, as well [...]

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PE4Life

The entire Physical Education Department, along with Director of School Affairs Nora Gibson, travelled to Titusville, Pennsylvania, to observe how the school district implemented a PE4life curriculum in their early childhood program, middle schools, and high schools. As Dance Teacher Jesse Factor explained, PE4life is a philosophy of education in which “physical activity is the [...]

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FabLearn 2012

Jaymes Dec, Technology Integrator and Fab Lab Coordinator, travelled with Art Teacher Lesa Wang to Stanford University. Together, they attended FabLearn 2012, an international conference on Digital Fabrication in Education. At the conference, Mr. Dec and Ms. Wang ran a well-attended workshop on 3D Design and Printing. It allowed them to connect with other teachers interested in [...]

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Thinking Historically Through Writing

Over the summer, Upper School history teacher Sarah Cunningham travelled to Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, for a five-day intensive workshop. The workshop, entitled “Thinking Historically Through Writing,” exposed teachers to ways that they could use writing exercises to teach historical thinking and analysis of primary source documents. Dr. Cunningham experienced these techniques firsthand, as the [...]

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Pursuing a Degree with Flexibility

Sarah Verasco, Lower School Music Teacher, completed her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership in April, 2012. Her Master’s program did not take place in a traditional classroom setting, however; it was a completely online degree offered by the American College of Education. “What drew me to an online program was its flexibility,” Ms. Versaco explained. [...]

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iPads as Multimedia Tools

Over the summer, Director of Technology Eric Walters and his team ran a virtual iPad professional development workshop for teachers of all school divisions. The workshop, entitled “iPads as Multimedia, Creative Tools,” aimed to support the teachers in learning creative ways to use the iPads as pedagogical tools. During the sessions, teachers were asked to [...]

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STEM Forum and Expo

On May 17 through 19, over one thousand educators gathered in Atlantic City for the first-ever NSTA STEM Forum and Expo. The Forum proved to be an incredible resource for teachers, administrators, and those involved with after-school and outreach programs–in other words, for anyone interested in developing better STEM opportunities for our youth and professional [...]

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Earthwatch Fellows Travel to Kenya

Art teacher Jennifer Croson and Middle School social studies and math teacher Anne Townsend spent two weeks in Kenya in March at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy south of Nairobi, Kenya studying the ecology of the black rhino. They worked with a team of eleven people from four different continents (and all different walks of life). [...]

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Innovation: NAIS Annual Conference 2012

In early March, Headmistress Concepcion Alvar invited Catherine Koller, Lesa Wang, Jaymes Dec, Fiona O’Doherty, and Kimberly Field-Marvin to join her in attending the NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) annual conference in Seattle, Washington. In addition, Eric Walters, Director of Science and Technology, was a presenter at the conference at a workshop entitled, “Disruptive [...]

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Lower School Teacher Earning Degree Online

Lower School teacher Kelly Sealy is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction online through the University of Phoenix. Taking classes online affords her the flexibility to teach full time and fulfill her degree requirements. Her most recent classes have focused on curriculum, instruction, and the Action Research Project. Ms. Sealy’s research investigates [...]

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Nursery Teacher Pursues Advanced Degree

Elizabeth Hulton, Nursery teacher, is in pursuit of her second Master’s degree, this one an M.S.E. in Curriculum and Teaching at Fordham University. She chose this course of study “because it was one that allowed me to, after a small core of required courses, create my own program.” Ms. Hulton has taken courses in Beginning [...]

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Studying Vergil in Italy

Clem Wood, Upper School classics teacher, will travel to Italy in July to attend “Vergil, Aeneas, and Augustus,” a summer workshop sponsored by the Vergilian Society. The participants (all teachers of AP Latin) will stay in Rome for three days and at the Villa Vergiliana on the Bay of Naples for the remainder of the [...]

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Math Teachers Walk With Archimedes

Upper School mathematics teachers, Nicholas Wasserman and Itir Arkan collaborated to publish an article in the May 2011 edition of Mathematics Teacher. The publication is produced by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and provides a forum for sharing best practices and ideas, connecting research with teaching, and offering a supportive network for [...]

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History Teacher Chosen for NEH Summer Program

This summer, Upper School history teacher, Sarah Cunningham will spend five days at Fort Ticonderoga as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture workshop entitled, “The American Revolution on the Northern Frontier: Fort Ticonderoga and the Road to Saratoga.” Dr. Cunningham will be part of a group of [...]

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Science Teacher Chosen for Fulbright Exchange Program

Middle School science teacher, Sabine Fischer-Daly, is delighted to have been selected to participate in a prestigious program through Fulbright Japan. The Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) brings together innovative K-12 teachers from Japan and the U.S. “to deepen mutual understanding of each others’ educational system and culture through reciprocal [...]

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Upper School Science Teacher Recognized by Apple

Katherine Krueger, Upper School science teacher, has been named as an Apple Distinguished Educator for 2011. The Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) Program began in 1994, when Apple recognized K-12 and higher education pioneers who are using a variety of Apple products to transform teaching and learning in powerful ways. Today it has grown into a [...]

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Teacher studies Bahamian reefs

Christine Tesson, World Languages Department Chair and Upper School French teacher, arrived in the Bahamas on Saturday, February 12, to spend a week as an Earthwatch Fellow assisting in their Bahamian Reef Survey project. Based on the remote island of San Salvador, Mme. Tesson is spending time in and out of the water gathering data [...]

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Ms. Egan in Costa Rica (updated)

During eight of the coldest days in New York, Marymount PreK head teacher Kathy Egan ventured to Costa Rica to research sea turtles. Her trip was part of an Earthwatch Institute expedition and was a continuation of the research that Upper School teacher and mathematics chair Fiona O’Doherty participated in three years ago. While in [...]

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Marymount Faculty at the Cutting Edge

Innovation and cutting edge could very well be Marymount’s middle name!  Marymount faculty Jennifer Croson, Katie Krueger, and Christine Tesson presented a workshop entitled iCreate. iInnovate. iLearn. at the Hathaway Brown School’s Education Innovation Summit in Cleveland, Ohio.  The session focused on Marymount’s Mobile Computing Initiative, a curricular endeavor that integrates mobile technology such as [...]

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Science Teacher in the Galapagos

Sabine Fischer-Daly, Middle School science teacher, is traveling to the Galapagos Islands from November 20 through December 4 as part of the 2010 International Institute for Education (IIE) Toyota International Teacher Program. Ms. Fischer-Daly is one of twenty-three educators selected (out of a field of nearly 900) to participate in the program. She plans to pursue her [...]

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Studying Culture in Barcelona

This summer as a participant in the Oxbridge Teacher Seminar in Barcelona, Susan Kaye, Middle School learning specialist, had the opportunity to indulge and expand her abiding interest in all things Spanish. The Oxbridge program for teachers is a one-week intellectual and cultural immersion experience, consisting of lectures by noted scholars and visits to points [...]

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A Summer of Science

While some people spent their summer vacation relaxing on the beach, members of the Marymount Science Department were engaged in a variety of professional development opportunities during the summer of 2010. Katie Krueger, Upper School biology teacher, took a three-week biology course that focused on the natural history of Yellowstone National Park and the Upper [...]

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Contributing to the Art of Healthcare

Art teacher Jennifer Croson has devoted her life to what she teaches; she also, like all of her colleagues at Marymount, cares deeply about the physical and emotional welfare of children. In February, after reading Tracy Kidder’s Strength in What Remains, Jenn made an abrupt decision to use her passion for art as a means [...]

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Faculty Artists in Action

In honor of Arts Week, beginning on April 19, we are featuring a selection of the many accomplished artists working at Marymount. It is a trademark of Marymount’s faculty and staff that their interests and achievements extend well beyond the classroom. The variety of their talents is truly astonishing: narrative poetry, theater-directing, composing for musical [...]

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Earthwatch Adventures in Nicaragua

As Marymount’s second Earthwatch Fellow of 2010, Tracy Graham, the Middle School counselor, followed the adventures of the first Fellow, her colleague Kelly LeSage, with special interest. One month later, Ms. Graham was off on her own Earthwatch journey, flying to Nicaragua in Central America to help scientists study volcanoes in the Volcan Masaya National [...]

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Earthwatch Adventures in Utah

As one of Marymount’s two annual Earthwatch fellows, Class IV teacher Kelly LeSage was thrilled to have the opportunity of traveling to Red Butte Canyon in Utah from January 25-31 and partaking in research by the Earthwatch Institute on wildlife corridors for ungulates—deer, elk, moose, etc. Ms. LeSage worked with a team of fellow teachers, [...]

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Religions of the World

Rachel Bundang, Upper School Religious Studies Teacher and Retreats Coordinator, took center stage on the weekend of November 6: traveling to the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), which met in Montreal, Dr. Bundang gave two presentations and a paper to the assembly. The AAR is an international organization with over 10,000 [...]

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Lower School Teachers Go Back to School

Marymount is committed to encouraging its faculty and staff in continuing with their education, and this year five of the Lower School’s assistant teachers are enrolled in graduate school. The School applauds these five women for demonstrating a lifelong love of learning! Astrid Cruz, assistant teacher in the Pre-Kindergarten, is pursuing a Master’s degree in [...]

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Teaching in Chile

Following Marymount’s teacher workshops in June, Class V Teacher Anne Townsend left for Chile, where she spent ten weeks teaching at a high school in Hualpén. Escuela de Pedro del Rio, the school where Ms. Townsend volunteered, is for the equivalents of our ninth to twelfth grades. There are approximately one thousand students in the [...]

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American History from Boulder to New York

History teacher Sarah Cunningham participated in two professional development opportunities this summer. In early July she attended the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History summer seminar “Visions of the American Environment,” led by Professor Patricia Limerick at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  Designed to support high-school teachers and National Park rangers in bringing the latest scholarship [...]

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Paris Immersion

Kathleen McCarthy, Class I Head Teacher, traveled this summer to Paris for a week-long series of seminars run by Oxbridge Academic Programs, which gives teachers the opportunity to experience both current scholarship and historic traditions in several different European cities. “My experience with the Oxbridge Seminar in Paris supported and enflamed my life-long love of [...]

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Earthwatch Expedition: Live from the Field and Into the Classroom

For ten days in February 2009, Dr. Stefan Cornelis, an Upper School history teacher, joined a team of conservation scientists in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada as part of the Earthwatch expedition, Climate Change at the Arctic’s Edge. He kept the community engaged and informed through daily blog entries, and on two occasions he was able to [...]

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