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Lower School

A harmonious blend of independent exploration and intentional instruction.

A day in Lower School is a harmonious blend of independent exploration and intentional instruction across all subjects. Students joyfully progress from recognizing text to delving into its layered meaning, from expressing stories through pictures to crafting their own written narratives, and from uncovering number patterns to confidently tackling complex mathematical challenges. But education here is more than just academic excellence. We cultivate compassionate world citizens, encouraging our students to embrace diverse perspectives and recognize their voices as vital members of a global community.

Our dedicated teachers carefully observe and support each child's progress, ensuring their academic, social, and emotional growth. In Lower School, we believe in celebrating understanding and documenting student learning over time. Through presentations, interviews, observations, and rubrics, we assess our students' growth and share their achievements with parents through ongoing communication, conferences, and comprehensive narrative reports. Together, we create an enriching environment that empowers your child to excel academically, socially, and emotionally, fostering a strong foundation for their future educational journey.

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Meet Our Lower School Faculty

Albury Higgs

Kindergarten Lead Teacher

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Jenny Kennen

Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

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Julia Maguire

1st Grade Lead Teacher

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Heather Lautenbach

1st Grade Assistant Teacher

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Eileen Lozinsky

2nd Grade Lead Teacher

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Julie Smith

2nd Grade Assistant Teacher

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Annetta Saggese

3rd Grade Lead Teacher

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Janice Clark

3rd Grade Assistant Teacher

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Stephanie Livesey

4th Grade Lead Teacher

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Liz Berger

4th Grade Assistant Teacher

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Corrie Slay

5th Grade Lead Teacher

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Martina Jonsson-Boykin

Preschool-Middle School Spanish Teacher

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Anna Ritchie

Preschool-Middle School Music Teacher

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Sheri Lumpkin

Preschool & Lower School Art Teacher

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Tracy Tertzagian

Director of Enrichment

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Karen Linehan

Environmental Education Coordinator

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Jennifer Barfield

DEIJB Coordinator

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Clair McCalla

Lower School Director

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