Community Voices

Merita
Merita, 7/8 Science & Engineering Arts Teacher

In order for [students] to feel challenged, you have to figure out a challenge that comes from real-life experiences—things that they wonder about and they don't have an answer for. And that's what makes it challenging: we’re guiding them how to figure out the answer to those questions they have.

 

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Ali, 1st Grade Teacher

The way we assess at Green Acres is through authentic observation and recording. We're always reevaluating where the kids are based on the work that they're doing—not based on a worksheet that they fill out, but based on watching them and seeing, ‘Did they do that more quickly this time? Was it too easy? Did they finish it in a second? Did they make a lot of mistakes?’ Every little thing they do, we're watching, we're noting, we're measuring. 

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Mary, 3rd Grade Teacher

It isn’t just about the academic child—it’s about mind, spirit, and joy. That’s what it’s supposed to be about.

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Nina, Head of the Early Childhood Unit and Director of Admission
Green Acres is a place that gives you a profound sense of belonging and community. The kind of warmth with which we create relationships and partnerships with our colleagues and our families—that’s truly incredible.
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Marylouise, Middle School Math Teacher, After-School Enrichment Director & Camp Director

I believe that it takes a village to teach children, and we are a village—a unique village. We’re all authentic learners and educators, and we respect and value each other. We find joy in each other and in children. Each day, there’s something new and exciting happening.

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Mary, Creative Movement Teacher and Diversity Coordinator

The culture of the school [is] very child centered—a strong consideration of: What is best for the kids? What is best for the students? And how can we work together to make that happen?

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Chip, Music Teacher

I seek to create a warm environment that is supportive and where people are kind, listen well, and work together to create. When you make music, the best music you make is the kind you make with other people, which requires empathy and listening that I try to instill in them.

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Shellie, Art Teacher

[Our students] are confident, and every year, that confidence grows because they feel safe and supported. They’re independent thinkers, they come up with ideas, and they’re good at advocating for themselves. A lot of times, children’s voices get lost, but they’re really heard here.

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Emily, Learning Coordinator
Our students have the ability to think outside the box—they are anything but cookie-cutter. They know that they’re individuals, and they know how to take their individuality and make something of it.
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Nina Chibber, Director of Admission, Pre-K–1
Sara Huneke, Associate Director of Admission, Grades 2–8
Judy Shniderman, Admission Assistant

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