By Jan Baldwin, LL ‘14, gcLi Scholar ‘21, Middle School Dean of Students and Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department, Stuart Country Day School (NJ) There is a Proverb that I admire: ”The one who plants trees, knowing that they will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life.” My week …
Joseph Ali is beginning his fifth year as a middle school French teacher at Calvert School in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition, Joe is a passionate middle school coach, as well as a sixth grade boys advisor. He is active member of school life, coordinates student activities, assemblies and clubs across the Calvert School program. He is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas and is currently pursuing a masters in education from Johns Hopkins University. Joe has a passion for soccer and traveling, and has a new love of solo road trips after his journey cross country to gcLi!
Jason Coady is in his nineteenth year of teaching. As with any independent school teacher, he wears many hats, including mathematics instructor, dormitory head, Director of Community Service, and Student Leadership Programs Coordinator.
Students write for a couple minutes with pen and paper in journals so that they may train their brain to find the good at the beginning of my English classes. Without the pressure of assessment or expectations, students write in a safe place. For their eyes only, they articulate thoughts and clarify emotions, doodle and daydream, and, perhaps, set personal goals. I, too, begin this reflection of the gcLi Leadership Lab with gratitude for
Being a speaker at the gcLi Symposium was a surreal experience for me because I barely passed high school and didn’t finish college until my early thirties. I’d never been on an Ivy League campus before, but here I was, surrounded by the University of Pennsylvania’s prestige and Ph.Ds…and it wasn’t an accident. I was invited! When Dr. Ted Fish, gcLi Executive Director first contacted
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