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Woolrich Winners 2019

Woolrich Fund for Faculty

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Inspired teaching. It’s often what spells the difference between a child who merely attends school and one who truly enjoys learning. The Sarah W. Woolrich Fund for Faculty, named for our school’s remarkable first principal, exists to expand the horizons of our teachers—who in turn are able to open our students’ eyes to the wonders that await beyond the classroom. Thanks to the Woolrich Fund, our teachers have stood before the art masters in Paris museums, participated in a dinosaur dig, walked through the Holy Land, and toured the Roman Empire. Not surprisingly, they have carried home impassioned lessons in science, art, history, and religion to prove it.

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Woolrich Award Recipients

We proudly announce the 2019 Sarah W. Woolrich Fund for Faculty Award recipients:

Carol Bedard, English
Traveling to Machu Picchu and the Amazon River
Middle School faculty member Carol Bedard is headed to Peru for the adventure of a lifetime. Following tours of the Sacred Valley of the Inca and Machu Picchu, she’ll spend time on the Amazon River before visiting the Pilpintuwasi Butterfly farm, various wildlife rescue centers, and the Pacaya Samira Reserve—where she is sure to spot monkeys, sloths and macaws! As  faculty sponsor of the National Junior Honor Society, Dr. Bedard plans to bring awareness of wildlife preservation and help students appreciate the complexities of other cultures.

Justin Doran, Fine Arts
Traveling to The Oregon Shakespeare Festival
As William Shakespeare once wrote, “All the world’s a stage.” At the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Fine Arts Chair Justin Doran will explore how the great outdoors acts as a stage for year-round performances. Studying the specific production elements needed for storytelling outdoors will enrich future fine arts performances on both campuses. The continued integration of Shakespeare through interdisciplinary work will foster closer collaboration opportunities and enthusiasm among students and colleagues.  

Debra Joyce, Language Arts
Traveling to Iceland
How does the culture and landscape of a country shape its folklore? Lower School Language Arts teacher Debra Joyce will travel to Iceland to experience the “impenetrable land” that inspired folktales—stories that most likely helped people cope with the struggles of living with the fear of natural phenomena. Visiting Elf School and taking Icelandic mythical walks, Ms. Joyce will explore local culture, storytelling, and the psyche of the people. This adventure will enrich her classroom by teaching students about a wider world from the challenges, lessons, and victories of gnomes, dwarfs, fairies, trolls, mountain spirits and mythical beings in folktales.

John Madden, Science and Engineering
Traveling to the Galapagos Islands
Thousands of miles away, a remote island with a population of 30,000 holds valuable lessons for the fourth largest city in America. Science and Engineering Chair John Madden will set sail for the Galapagos Islands to seek what it truly means to be “sustainable.” With boots on the ground (or in this case, in the water), Mr. Madden will explore what is being done to make the human presence on the island more sustainable and why this effort is critically necessary to all of us. Incorporating these ideas into his lessons will help our students challenge what’s possible for years to come.

Adrian Pruett, Mathematics
Traveling to Hong Kong and Shanghai
Are you a “math person?” Middle School geometry teacher Adrian Pruett believes that with hard work and the right outlook, everyone can be good at math. Inspired by the attitude toward mathematics and the rich architecture in countries such as China, Ms. Pruett will travel to classrooms in Shanghai and Hong Kong to learn how educators inspire this type of growth mindset in their students. Taking inspiration from the landscape of the Far East, she plans to incorporate architectural design to help her geometry students continue building spatial reasoning.

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