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Our Faculty & Staff

Without a doubt, the single most impactful part of Corlears is our teachers. They hold the highest degrees in childhood education, and through Corlears’ commitment to professional development and training, they have an exceptional level of expertise not typically found in most early years educational settings.

They also love what they do – and it shows.


Experts in Early Years Education

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All Corlears faculty have a baseline in training that extends well beyond their graduate degrees. Within their first 3 years, all teachers take part in core training related to the programs and approaches at their respective age levels, along with Responsive Classroom training and diversity training with Center for Racial Justice.

Subjects where specific training is offered are related to mathematics (through Metamorphosis Learning and TERC); reading and writing through Teachers College Readers/Writers Workshop; early childhood themes like language development, emergent literacy, play, and block building through Bank Street College.

In addition to this baseline professional development, there are two in-service days per year, and many staff meeting times are dedicated to teacher training and development in various areas. To support this work further, we have launched the Advanced Teacher Professional Development Program, which connects teachers who have been at Corlears for more than 5 years with resources to deepen their teaching craft in an area of their choice.

Leadership within the educational program is provided through our Assistant Head of School & Director of Teaching and Learning, the Dean of Students, and with support from the Math Coach, Learning Specialist, and Developmental Support Counselor. We are also actively hiring a Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Community Life to play a leadership role at Corlears.

we don’t just teach subjects – we teach students

Every student brings with them different talents, interests, abilities, and learning styles. At Corlears, we go beyond the classroom to ensure children receives individualized attention.

In fact, all teachers of our 2s and 3/4s visit families at home to learn about children’s personal interests as they begin to build a bridge between home and school, then incorporate aspects of the children’s home-life into their studies and spaces.

This extra effort is what makes learning more meaningful and effective – and is just one small part of what makes Corlears different from the rest.

corlears’ collaborative environment

As children get older and develop emotionally and cognitively, we work with the whole child and challenge them academically, socially, and emotionally. Teachers partner with each other and families to help each child be their best. Collaboration across disciplines is also common, as teachers design a specific curricula based upon the developmental stages of children as well as their particular needs.

Every teacher is an expert in their field, with a solid and well-rounded understanding of child development. They create classrooms where students are able to take risks and embark upon challenges that help them learn deeply, and make meaning beyond memorization. In addition, partnerships with families are forged through regular communication and sharing of the learning process.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Baseline for All Teachers

Responsive Classroom

“Talking About Race in The Classroom” through the Center for Racial Justice

Specific to Role

Teachers College Readers/Writers Workshop (Kindergarten - 10s)

TERC Math (Kindergarten - 10s)

MITC Context for Learning Units of Study (Kindergarten - 10s)

Metamorphosis Math Workshops (Kindergarten - 10s)

Sounds in Motion (3/4s and Kindergarten)

Language Development (2s - Kindergarten)

Emergent Literacy (3/4s and Kindergarten)

Play/Block Building (2s - Kindergarten)



EXPERIENCE + QUALIFICATIONS

Years of experience
head and subject teachers

Avg. Number of Years Teaching: 9
Avg. Number of Years at Corlears: 5

Qualifications

All Head Teachers hold master's degrees in early childhood or elementary education.

All Assistant Teachers are working toward, or are enrolled in, master's degree programs for early childhood within 2 years of being hired.

Many teachers have additional, dual, or advanced degrees and certifications.