Professional development for faculty and staff is a priority at Barnesville. Teachers and administrators take advantage of many opportunities throughout the year to enhance their own knowledge and skills and then use what they have learned to benefit the students and the School.
The 2013-2014 school year was no exception. Beginning with the Association of Maryland Independent Schools (AIMS) annual conference in the fall, which the entire faculty and staff attended, our teachers accomplished many professional development goals.
First Grade Teacher Linda Birkholz had a productive year, completing the course Inclusion: Making It Happen through Creation, Implementation & Facilitation through the Maryland State Department of Education. She has also completed the course work equivalent to a second Master’s degree as well as achieving the work needed for the reissue of her Maryland Advanced Education license. This license qualifies her as a prekindergarten through middle school education and reading specialist.
Many of our teacher’s opportunities are made possible through the Jaralyn Hough Professional Development Fund. This fund was established in 2006 in honor of Barnesville’s Head of School from 1984-2006 and provides financial support to teachers for enrichment opportunities such as conferences and classes.
For the 2013-2014 school year, Barnesville was able to allocate more than $11,000 to support our teachers in their professional development goals, including the AIMS conference.
Katja Behrend (MS math & 5th grade science) and Jamie Morningstar (3rd/4th math & language arts) attended the Independent Education workshop Enhancing Your Teaching Toolkit: Introduction to Blended Learning and took a class through the Online School for Girls. These courses helped them learn how to effectively create and lead a blended learning class.
Ms. Behrend will continue her professional development this summer at the Dana Hall Math Summer Workshop in Massachusetts where she will learn strategies for teaching math through manipulatives and hands-on investigations.
David Martin completed coursework for his Master’s degree at McDaniel College and attended the 44th Annual Athletic Director’s Conference. He also attained the designation of Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA) through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).Barnesville’s Spanish teachers, Consuelo Campos (EC-3rd grade) and Daniela Zeppos (4th-8th grade), attended the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.