Capstone Mentors

Head of School; Grade 7 English Teacher

Education: Connecticut College, B.A.
Boston College, Lynch School of Education Administration, M.Ed.
Joined Belmont Day: 2016
Community Activities: Capstone Mentor, Braiding Different Strands Committee, BDS Admissions Ambassador
Recent Professional Development: Attended the NAIS Annual Conference and the 2018 NAIS People of Color Conference; Presented at RedesignEDU at MIT; service on the 2018-19 AISNE Board of Directors

Middle School Head; Grade 7 Social Studies Teacher

Education: Brown University, B.A.
Brown University, M.A.T.
Joined Belmont Day: 2015
Recent Professional Development: NAIS Annual Conference; Leadership+Design's "Wonder Women!" Conference 
Community Activities: Capstone Mentor

Three Thoughts:
My Capstone Project would be... how open water swimming affects the brain and body.

Middle School Spanish Teacher

Education: Corporación Univarsitaria CENDA, B.A.
Universidad del Valle, M.A.
Joined Belmont Day: 2014
Community Activities: Capstone mentor, SEED facilitator
Recent Professional Development: Teach21 at the School at Columbia University; Differentiated Instruction in the Foreign Language Classroom

Chef and Kitchen Manager

Education: McGill University, B.A.
New England Culinary Institute
Joined Belmont Day: 2010
Community Activities: Capstone Mentor, Summer Program Teacher, Community Service
Recent Professional Development: New Life Leadership Program at the John Stalker Institute

Three Thoughts:
My Capstone Project would be... to research what community means in different cultures around the world.

Lower School and Grade 6 French Teacher

Education: Universite de Provence, Ph.D.
Joined Belmont Day: 2009
Community Activities: Greening Committee, Capstone Mentor
Recent Professional Development: A Progressive Approach to World Language Instruction; Responsive Classroom for Specialists

Three Thoughts:
My Capstone Project would be... color blindness in France and color awareness in the United States—the historical reasons behind that choice and how it shaped these societies.

Visual Arts Teacher and Sustainability Coordinator

Education: Wesleyan University, B.A., M.A.
Joined Belmont Day: 2002
Community Activities: coach, Capstone mentor, greening committee chair, community service, clubs teacher
Recent Professional Development: Week-long sculpture workshop

Three Thoughts:
My Capstone Project would be... Japanese Collage and the Art of Chigiri-e.

Things I love about Belmont Day are... all the students, my colleagues, and the Belmont Day Garden! 

Music Teacher

Education: Hartt College of Music, B.M.
University of Massachusetts, M.M.
Boston University, M.M.
Joined Belmont Day: 1999
Community Activities: Braiding Different Strands Diversity Committee, Music Lessons, Capstone Mentor
Recent Professional Development: Studied private music lessons; Responsive Classroom for Specialists

Three Thoughts:
My Capstone Project would be... a study of retrofitting music keyboards with M.I.D.I. Technology.

Learning Specialist, Reading

Education: Colby College, B.A.
Lesley University, M.Ed.
Joined Belmont Day: 1996
Community Activities: Capstone Mentor
Recent Professional Development: Advanced Strategies to Improve Executive Function Skills through Landmark School Outreach Program

Three Thoughts:
My Capstone Project would be... The Science of Sleep.

My favorite children's book is... Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney.

Director of Athletics

Education: Bates College, B.A.
Lesley University, M.Ed.
Joined Belmont Day: 2007
Community Activities: Capstone mentor, health and wellness teacher, middle school cubs advisor
Recent Professional Development: Positive Coaching Alliance

Three Thoughts:
My Capstone Project would be... We Are What We Eat: The Relationship Between Diet and Disease.

Someone I admire is... Angela Larkan, founder of Thanda.

Theater Arts Teacher

Education: Brandeis University, B.A.
Lesley University, M.Ed.
Joined Belmont Day: 2001
Community Activities: Ensembles program coordinator, community service, faculty mentor, Capstone mentor and presentation coach, graduation speech coach, Faculty SEED
Recent Professional Development: Multicultural Teaching Institute; American Alliance for Theatre and Education: Devise and Conquer, Exploring Methods of Devising Theater

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