On The Road to Self-Advocacy

Girls hiking

LeDerick Horne, spoken word poet and advocate for students with learning disabilities, shared his personal journey with Dana Hall students in October 2019. Students listened with rapt attention, and his presentation ignited conversation amongst many about self-awareness and affirmation of their learning challenges. During the lunch following his presentation, students Continue reading On The Road to Self-Advocacy

DHMUN—A ‘Model’ of Excellence in Women’s Leadership

Two Dana Hall Model UN team members at work.

As the proud member of an all-women’s educational institution, I have joined with my colleagues to commit ourselves to inculcating in our students the importance of “integrity, leadership, diversity, and service as well as respect for self and others…” as they prepare for “the challenges and choices they will face Continue reading DHMUN—A ‘Model’ of Excellence in Women’s Leadership

Academic Vigor from 30 Feet Up

Dana Hall 7th graders at TreeTop Adventures

In September, the Middle School went to a ropes course for its retreat. As a teacher new to Dana Hall, it was an illuminating opportunity to observe students in a different learning environment. I saw girls bonding, taking risks, and supporting one another. The experience was energizing, setting the stage Continue reading Academic Vigor from 30 Feet Up

Applications of Physics by Future Engineers

Student in Physics Lab

This year, I started teaching a new course at Dana Hall called Physics and Engineering. Previously, the Science Department offered an upper-level physics course called Physics 11/12 that was intended to be a comprehensive survey of high school physics content. Many of the students who took that course expressed a Continue reading Applications of Physics by Future Engineers

Where Dana Hall history comes alive

Archives display in Helen Temple Cooke Library.

In a corner of the Helen Temple Cooke Library, as far from the front door as possible, are two rooms comprising the Dana Hall Archives. Named for Nina Heald Webber, Class of 1949, the Archives has a fascinating collection of school records, photographs, publications, scrapbooks, letters, recordings, clothing, and memorabilia Continue reading Where Dana Hall history comes alive

Women Making With Mathematics

Some work from the "Women Making With Math" gallery show

During my sabbatical last spring, I spent a lot of time exploring, appreciating and contributing to the world of “mathematical art.” Among other things, I created looped animations, designed 3D-printed jewelry and other more abstract forms, and produced carefully-distorted sheets of lined paper. I was also able to interact with Continue reading Women Making With Mathematics