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; Grade 8 Coordinator

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.

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.

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.

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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