Who We Are
Blue Rock School has a talented and committed teaching staff. Our teachers come to the work at Blue Rock consciously choosing to teach in an environment where the relationship to the students is at the center and the bridge from which curriculum and academic/artistic achievement are reached. As human beings of great caring and idealism, they bring to their practice a wealth of life experiences and knowledge from prior teaching and professional positions in diverse settings. Through years of working collaboratively with each other and with an emergent curriculum across grade levels, our teachers have gained insight into children’s developmental needs and the appropriate material and concepts to introduce at any given time.
The majority of our teachers have Masters Degrees in Education, and some hold additional degrees in Special Education and the Arts. All our teachers share an open and questioning attitude toward the art of education. Our staff have attended and gained advanced degrees from prestigious and alternative institutions of higher learning such as Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University, George Washington University, Hampshire College, UMASS Amherst, UCLA, University of Dayton, Iona College, Manhattanville College, and Long Island University. Our staff embodies the conviction that learning is a lifetime journey and they continually participate in staff development workshops at institutions of higher learning or with master teachers in many fields.
Our staff is committed to continually deepening their familiarity and knowledge of progressive educational methodologies. The teachers engage in healthy evaluation and re-evaluation of their teaching tools and practice, continually shedding new light on individual and school-wide methods to ensure that we are serving the children in the most effective and child-centered ways.
When new teachers join the staff, they receive one year of close mentorship and are paired with a senior teacher who consistently provides them with practical insights into our philosophy. Through their collaborative efforts and their passion for the practice of teaching, the teachers maintain the educational tone of the school.