Lower School News & Stories
Four faculty members took part in master classes led by leaders in their fields this year through The Academy for Teachers.
Working with major universities and arts and cultural institutions, The Academy organizes day-long workshops and selects 18 teachers — four from independent schools — to participate in each class.
Teachers invited to attend Master Classes exhibit passion for their subjects, creativity in their classrooms, and devotion to their students. "Being selected is a well-deserved honor for both teacher and school,” said Sam Swope, president of The Academy for Teachers.
Scott Ettinger, a Middle and Upper School Latin teacher, attended a master class with Joshua Katz, a classics professor at Princeton University.
Jenny Eskin, a Middle and Upper School history teacher who also teaches Integrated Liberal Studies, attended an art history class with Rika Burnham of The Frick Museum.
Shelby Stokes, an Upper School English teacher, participated in a course led by Paul Muldoon, a poet and Pulitzer Prize winner.
Marie Verde, Lower School chorus, called her master class with Meredith Monk, Carnegie Hall’s composer-in-residence “exhilarating, challenging, and very stimulating.” She added, “I still can’t quite believe what an amazing opportunity we were given to be educated by Ms. Monk.”