The Faculty Deep Dive

We resolved in the 2015 Strategic Plan to ensure that the growth mindset flourishes at Peck by establishing ongoing faculty growth and professional development as an institutional priority. Teachers who approach their own professional development with creativity, inspiration, and perseverance become role models for their students, who are developing the agency and excitement needed for a lifetime of learning.

One such framework for growth is the faculty Deep Dive—a self-directed yearlong process that promotes profound personal development, self-reflection, and a ‘ripple effect’ of innovation and energy in the classroom.

A Deep Dive Highlight: ASL in the Kindergarten

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  • A Deep Dive Highlight: Immersed in Immigration

    When Upper School History Teacher Sue Longenecker began her Deep Dive at the start of the 2018-19 school year, she wondered if she could somehow incorporate her love for the history and culture of New York City. Longenecker and her husband lived in Manhattan for many years and she has a keen affection for the city’s many neighborhoods and untold stories.
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Peck Faculty Deep Dives: A Running List

Just as Peck students are encouraged to find their inner passions, so too are Peck teachers. Since the Deep Dive process was launched in 2016, the running list of topics has grown to reflect the vibrant and profound professional interests of the teachers at The Peck School. Below is a list of explorations that are either in process or have been completed, resulting in transformative experiences for Peck students today.

Connecting Collections
Scott Beil, Upper School Art Teacher

Responsive Classroom Approach

Katie Bruno, Third Grade Homeroom Teacher

Re-imagining Academic Reading
Chelsy Carr, Upper School English Teacher

STEAM in Art
Karen Dispenziere, Lower School Art Teacher

Exceptional Language Programs
Molly Donnelly, World Languages Chair / Spanish Teacher

Digital Student Portfolios Using SeeSaw and Google Sites
Jen Garvey, Lower School Technology, Innovation, & Design Integrator

New York City During the Industrial Age
Sue Longenecker, History Department Chair / Upper School History Teacher

Robotics and Programming
Tim Loveday, Science Departmetn Chair / Upper School Science Teacher

Laser Cutting and Woodshop
Mark Mortensen, Art Department Chair / Woodworking Teacher

Growing Readers
Elizabeth Muller, Upper School English Teacher

Implementing Orton-Gillingham
Christa Nees, First Grade Homeroom Teacher

A Problem-Based Approach to Math
Amy Papandreou, Upper School Math Teacher

Creative Writing in Early Education
Sasha Schreiner, Second Grade Teacher

Opening an Idea & Design Lab
Bruce Schwartz, Director of the Osborn Idea & Design Lab

Digital Portfolios Using Google Sites
Adriana Sykora, Spanish Teacher

American Sign Language
Kristin Young, Kindergarten Teacher



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