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Faculty Notes

TEACHERS STRIVE FOR GROWTH OVER THE SUMMER — PAT BADGER, Advisor for Equity and Arts, served on staff at SEED equity leadership trainings in California and Massachusetts. Pat also used her voice as a co-presenter at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, speaking on “Words Matter: LGBTQ+ Issues in Healthcare.” Additionally (she had a busy summer), Pat premiered a commissioned composition, entitled Calon Lan, for recorder orchestra at The Clearing Folk School in Door County, WI — along with MATT Primary School Music Teacher.


In June, JENNY COBB, Middle School English Teacher, traveled to Jeanette, Haiti with her husband and a nongovernment organization called The Haiti Project. Jenny participated in a “teacher exchange” — a day of professional development with Haitian educators — a student art workshop, and attended both Upper School and Kindergarten graduation at St. Marc’s School. She even learned some French Creole from her patient friends in Janette and ate wonderful Haitian meals. [A]

CLARE COSTELLO, Middle and Upper School English Teacher, graduated with a Master of Arts in English from the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English. This five-year degree meets each summer for a six-week intensive program, which puts graduate study of literature and writing in conversation with pedagogy. As Co-President of her graduating class, Clare gave an address at her summer commencement ceremony. A

MARI GROBSCHMIDT, Learning Specialist, completed her Mentoring Certificate through Cardinal Stritch University’s College of Education and Leadership. The program gives educators additional tools to engage, support, and advance the professional learning of their colleagues — teachers! In May, ALIYA PITTS, Assistant Head of School for Community Relations, served as a moderator for the 2018 Giving USA Milwaukee Panel at the Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM), where she guided nonprofit leaders from the MPM, Milwaukee School of Engineering, and United Way of Racine County in a discussion of national philanthropic trends. As of February, Aliya is also lending her leadership skills as a new member of the Board of the Hospice Alliance Foundation in Pleasant Prairie, WI. Founded in 1981, Hospice Alliance is the only hospice house in Southeastern Wisconsin.

LYNNE SANTALUCIA, Upper School Math Teacher and COMPASS Team Math Specialist, recently completed Stanford’s online course, “How to Learn Math for Teachers.” The course, taught by Professor Jo Boaler, explores new research ideas on mathematics learning and student mindsets that can transform experiences with math.

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Prairie | Volume 4 - Issue 2  

Prairie | Volume 4 - Issue 2