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Lotspeich Lower School Faculty
Judy Arnold
Chair of Counseling Department & Lotspeich Guidance Counselor
Lotspeich Guidance Counselor and Diversity Coordinator  

Teaching Experience
Teaching at Seven Hills since 1976

Degrees
Bachelor of Science, Education, University of Cincinnati
Master of Education, Counseling, Xavier University
Certification, Licensed Professional Counselor    

Teaching Philosophy  

Important skills I want to teach my students
I want to teach students that there is strength in community, and to build a community, we all need to do our part. I want students to learn how to take the perspective of others. I want them to know the power of their words and actions and how to take responsibility for them. I teach students skills for managing their time, for managing stress, and for handling emotions.  

Teaching methods to reach these goals
Most of my teaching is through conversation, modeling, and storytelling. I am aware that the stories I tell are in competition with youtube, television, movies and video games, and I want them to offer a counterpoint to some of the messages that my students are hearing in other places.  

My favorite projects

My favorite part of being a school counselor is teaching classroom guidance to all of the Lotspeich students. I especially enjoy the differences in thinking and communication that are the traits of different age groups.  

What I like best about teaching at Seven Hills
I appreciate the range of opportunities at Seven Hills for developing curriculum and for professional development. I appreciate the unique personalities and talents of my colleagues. I am constantly challenged to learn something new or discover a new way of working through a problem. We are a very caring and supportive group that loves what we do at Seven Hills.

Karla Balskus
Lotspeich Fifth Grade Teacher
Lotspeich Fifth Grade Teacher

Teaching Experience
Teaching at Seven Hills since 1991

Degrees
B.A., English, Xavier University
M.Ed., Xavier University
Certification, Reading Specialist, Xavier University

Teaching Philosophy

Important skills I want to teach my students
One of my most important goals is to help my students become a caring, cohesive community. I want our classroom to be a place where each student feels known and valued. Morning Meetings help students connect and set the tone for the day. It is magical to see their growth throughout the school year. In my writing classes, my goal is to help each student discover that, "If you can think it, you can write it!" We write every day, across the curriculum. Writing projects are often linked to our literature selections, and classroom blogs and school newspapers help students expand their learning.

Teaching methods to reach these goals
Each spring Literature Circles foster student confidence and competence, as students rotate jobs and direct their own learning. Our "Awesome Author" independent reading program helps students find books that fuel their passion for a lifetime of reading.

My favorite projects
It is difficult to choose just one social studies project from the many experiential activities that make up our fifth grade year, but "Liberty and Justice for All" is a favorite. This study of our country's road to independence and its Abolition, Women's Suffrage, and Civil Rights Movements helps students understand the messiness of democracy and the importance of individual participation. This study culminates in a field trip to The Henry Ford Museum/Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.

What I like best about teaching at Seven Hills
I love teaching at Seven Hills, being part of an amazing educational community that still embraces the philosophy of our founder: Joy in learning. This is a school where colleagues, with creativity and collaboration, bring out the best in each other and, in turn, our students. I can't imagine a better place to have spent the past more-than-two decades!

Marilyn Braun
Lotspeich First Grade Teacher
Lotspeich First Grade Teacher

Teaching Experience
Teaching at Seven Hills since 1989

Degrees
B.S., Education, University of Cincinnati

Teaching Philosophy

Important skills I want to teach my students
Teaching my students how to read independently and to comprehend what is read is the most important skill I teach. With a solid foundation in reading skills, the children are able to begin their journey as lifelong learners.

Teaching methods to reach these goals
I believe in filling each day with many opportunities to work on reading skills. We begin with phonemic awareness and move on to phonics work. Independent reading is fostered through the support of guided reading and the development of listening comprehension through our daily read-aloud story time. The children use their developing reading skills in all subject areas throughout each day.

My favorite projects
One favorite project is our yearlong study of Nutrition and the Five Food Groups. Each month has a different food group focus and the children read and share many books on the topic. After many activities and discussions on these foods, we end our month with a Food Tasting Day with an emphasis on making healthy choices. The year concludes with a visit to a food market where we choose a variety of foods to enjoy on a lunch picnic.

What I like best about teaching at Seven Hills
I spend my days at Seven Hills guiding my young students on an amazing journey filled with discovery and growth. Sharing the joy in learning has become my joy in teaching. Watching this progress throughout the year is what I truly love best about teaching at Seven Hills.

Aimee Burton
Lotspeich First Grade Teacher
Aimee Burton
Lotspeich First Grade Teacher  

Teaching Experience
Teaching at Seven Hills since 2008  

Degrees
B.S., University of Cincinnati
M.S., University of Cincinnati  

Teaching Philosophy  

Important skills I want to teach my students
As a first grade teacher, I want my students to be confident, well-rounded individuals who respect themselves, others, and the world around them. I want them to develop independence and responsibility. Most importantly, I want to instill a love of learning. I want them to be curious about the world around them, to be problem solvers who welcome challenges, and see learning as fun.  

Teaching methods that reach these goals
I use a child-centered approach to learning that allows every child to have a voice in the classroom and take ownership of what is being taught. We learn through thematic units and hands-on activities that are engaging and directed to each child’s interests. I provide opportunities for every child to feel successful and we celebrate the accomplishments of others. I also feel it’s important for my students to learn to work collaboratively. As a result, students are often asked to work with a partner or small group.  

My favorite projects
There are so many projects in first grade that hold a special place in my heart, but if I had to choose a favorite, I would have to say our Nutrition Unit. In this unit, we explore the five food groups and learn about healthy eating. Over the course of the school year, we devote one month to studying each food group. During that month, we learn about the foods in the group and discuss why these foods are important for our bodies. We have a tasting day when parents bring in foods from that group and the students are encouraged to sample new foods. We also brainstorm questions we might have about the particular food group and video chat with Whole Foods, where we ask our questions and learn more interesting food group facts. We also encourage the students to transfer their knowledge of the food groups, nutrition, and balanced meals to the choices they make in their lunches. It’s a very exciting moment when we find a first grader who has a lunch that includes all five food groups! My favorite part of the unit is our culminating activity—our field trip to Whole Foods and family picnic. After video chatting with our friends at Whole Foods throughout the school year, students are very excited to meet them in person and explore the food groups at the store. Our trip begins with a tour, complete with lots of yummy samples. Then, students have the opportunity to purchase items for our family picnic. After shopping, we return to Lotspeich and enjoy healthy, balanced lunches with family and friends. Parents always comment on how wonderful this experience is for not only their children, but for themselves. It is a wonderful learning experience and a great way to conclude our study of nutrition.  

What I like best about teaching at Seven Hills
Seven Hills is an amazing place to teach. The first thing that comes to mind when I think about what I like best about teaching at Seven Hills are the wonderful teachers I work with. At Lotspeich, our faculty has a very strong sense of camaraderie. The faculty supports one another and works together as a team to help our students be successful. Another aspect I like is the amount of input I have in the curriculum. As a teacher, my opinion and expertise is valued. As a result, I am able to help build the curriculum our students are taught.

Amy Dyer
Lotspeich Physical Education Teacher
Physical Education Teacher

Teaching Experience
Teaching at Seven Hills since 2013

Degrees
B.S., Health & Physical Education, Asbury University

Teaching philosophy
The most important skill I want my students to learn is how to live a healthy lifestyle. We teach this by helping the students to build strength, endurance, coordination, and an understanding of what it means to be healthy.

Teaching methods that reach these goals
To accomplish our objectives, we use small group activities and games. This is a way to get the students to work together and also develop their skills as individuals.

My favorite projects
My favorite project of the year is our dance project that we do with the fourth and fifth grade classes. I love to see the creative ideas;that the students come up with to choreograph their dance. Often, they combine moves that they have learned in class with moves of their own invention, based on different body movements they come up with. Their final performance at the end of the unit is an exciting event for all the students and faculty that get to see it.

What I like best about teaching at Seven Hills
The thing I love most about teaching at Seven Hills is the sense of community. I feel as though the faculty, staff, and students all have a strong connection that you cannot find at many other places.

Melissa Foraker
Lotspeich Fourth Grade Teacher
Lotspeich Fourth Grade Teacher 

Teaching Experience
Teaching at Seven Hills since 2011  

Degrees
B.S., Middle School Education Social Studies & Language Arts, Bowling Green University  
M.Ed., Reading Education, Xavier University
Certification, Reading Specialist, Xavier University

Teaching Philosophy  

Important skills I want to teach my students
I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as a teacher to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invite the sharing of ideas.  

Teaching methods to reach these goals
When the teacher serves to guide—providing a gateway to sources of information, rather than acting as the primary source of information—the students’ journey into the world of knowledge acquisition is begun. For students to construct knowledge, they need the opportunity to discover for themselves and practice skills in authentic situations. Providing students access to hands-on activities and allowing adequate time and space to use materials that reinforce the lesson being studied creates an opportunity for individual discovery and construction of knowledge to occur.  

My favorite projects
My favorite project of the year is when my fourth graders complete their Living Biography project. Students choose a person who has contributed to society; research his or her life by learning how to take notes and how to create a research paper. The culminating activity is when students dress up as their selected person and present his or her life to their classmates and parents. Students are so proud of all their hard work and I know they will remember this project for years to come.  

What I like best about teaching at Seven Hills
For me, where I felt welcomed with arms wide open by faculty, parents, and students from my very fist day, Seven Hills is a special place. Teaching at Seven Hills provides an opportunity for continual learning and growth for both teachers and students. One of my hopes as an educator is to instill a love of learning in my students, as I share my own passion for learning with them. I feel we are compassionate, strong, and dedicated individuals who are excited about working with children, and I value Seven Hills teachers for the lessons they teach to students.

Megan Hayes
Lotspeich Spanish Teacher
Lotspeich Spanish Teacher

Teaching Experience
Teaching at Seven Hills since 2011

Degrees
B.A., Spanish Education, Denison University
M.ED., SEcondary Education, Xavier University

Teaching Philosophy

Important skills I want to teach my students
My central goal is to communicate in Spanish during engaging activities. Through our communications, I want to develop in the students a strong foundation in listening and understanding. I also want my students to explore connections to other subjects, like math, science, and social studies. Finally, I want to teach my students to make cultural and linguistic comparisons between Spanish and English (or any other language). I love the Spanish language, and I hope to instill a love for the language in my students as well.

Teaching methods to reach these goals
I use the teaching method TPRS or Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling. TPRS helps students achieve proficiency in Spanish through reading and telling interesting and fun stories that the class invents together as the teacher asks students questions. Gestures, movement, repetition, and a great deal of energy are important elements of this engaging method, and my students respond with a lot of enthusiasm!

My favorite projects
My students and I love acting out stories in Spanish. I also love dancing with my students. Frequently, we learn movements to various songs to help us understand their meaning.

What I like best about teaching at Seven Hills
I like the sense of community at Seven Hills. It feels so good to walk into school and know almost all of the parents and siblings of my students. I also love the autonomy we as teachers are given to be creative, be innovative, and be ourselves.

Jody Knoop
Lotspeich Art Teacher
Lotspeich Art Teacher

Teaching Experience
Teaching at Seven Hills since

Degrees
BFA, Studio Arts, Ohio University School of Art
MA, Art, University of Cincinnati

Teaching Philosophy

Important skills I want to teach my students
I want to teach my students how to come up with an original idea, be able to communicate that idea using a variety of materials and techniques, and follow through to complete a piece that clearly expresses the idea. I want my students to use their hands to create - to manipulate clay, wood, paper, fabric, and other materials that they can feel. In an age when electronics are prevalent, I think this is important. I also want my students to know the language of art and be able to identify and appreciate subjects, styles, techniques, and materials.

Teaching methods to reach these goals
My methods for teaching are simple. Make learning exciting and fun. Make projects relevant and age appropriate. Inspire by example. I often sit with my students and work on art pieces, sometimes my own, sometimes something similar to what they are doing. They are always excited to see what I'm doing and excited that I am excited about our work.

My favorite projects
I do not have one favorite project - rather, all of the projects are my favorite. I don't repeat an activity if the students and I don't enjoy it. Over the years I have honed my curriculum to include really fun and interesting projects. I do often try new ideas. At this point in my teaching I have a very good feel for which project ideas are going to be fun, inspiring, and exciting for my students.

What I like best about teaching at Seven Hills
What I love about teaching at Seven Hills is the freedom to be creative with my curriculum. I have wonderful support from the School and the parents. I am able to teach children who want to learn and who are excited to come to my class every day. I work with a warm, caring, and professional faculty on a beautiful campus. I am inspired every day. What I like best about teaching at Seven Hills Seven Hills is my home away from home. Our school has an environment of love, learning, and remarkable opportunities for both students and teachers.

Elizabeth 'Liz' Lorenz
Lotspeich Math Resource Teacher & Math Enrichment Coordinator
Lotspeich Math Resources & Teacher Math Enrichment Coordinator

Teaching Experience
Teaching at Seven Hills since 2005

Degrees
B.S., Education, University of Michigan
M.Ed., Reading Education, Xavier University

Teaching Philosophy

Important Skills I want to teach my students
I want to help my students become abstract, flexible thinkers who are able to approach and solve problems in multiple ways. I want to help my students develop patience and persistence with math so that they can truly engage with the subject, deepen their understanding of the concepts, and understand the value and importance of math in their lives.

Teaching methods to reach these goals
At Lotspeich, we are utilizing aspects of the Singapore Math program and the Everyday Math program in order to strength our students' problem solving, creative thinking, and conceptual reasoning skills. These methods improve students' mental math abilities and reinforce their knowledge of basic mathematical facts. The math sprints from the Singapore Math program help students develop and improve their speed and accuracy in computational skills, math facts, and mental math skills. Singapore Math's model drawing method is a visual problem-solving tool that helps students solve mathematical word problems.

My favorite projects
My favorite math activity of the year is model drawing, a step-by-step method of problem solving in which students translate a word problem into a diagram or model. Using this visual model, students easily see the mathematical relationships in the information given and are able to solve complex problems successfully. The bar representations gradually introduce students to the concept of a variable and an unknown. These bars enable students to work at higher levels of thinking because they provide concrete support to help students develop their understanding of abstract, challenging, and complex mathematical concepts.

What I like best about teaching at Seven Hills
My favorite aspect of teaching at Seven Hills is the flexibility given to teachers to develop, modify, and adjust their teaching approaches and the curriculum. Teachers are given ownership of their work within the classroom and they are able to make adjustments as needed to meet the needs of their students and to continue to develop and improve the curriculum and quality of instruction at the school. Teaching is considered an art at Seven Hills. Teachers are encouraged to utilize their expertise, current research, and best practices in order to guide their curricular planning and instructional approaches.

Danielle Necessary
Lotspeich Second Grade Teacher & Lotspeich Diversity Coordinator
Lotspeich Second Grade Teacher

Teaching Experience
Teaching at Seven Hills since 2007  

Degrees
B.A., Speech Communication, Northern Kentucky University
M.Ed., Early Childhood Education, Xavier University  

Teaching Philosophy  

Important skills I want to teach my students
I want my students to be open to new ideas, perspectives, cultures, and values different from their own. I want them to be willing to take risks — to make and learn from their mistakes — and to be prepared to deal with frustration and disappointment in a healthy way.    

Teaching methods to reach these goals
When students make mistakes in their work, I encourage them to try again, correct and resubmit the work, and learn from their mistakes. When students encounter social conflicts or exhibit an undesired behavior, they may visit the “reflection center” to think about what they did, take responsibility for it, make a plan for how to move on, and decide for themselves whether or not they’re ready to rejoin the class. To widen horizons, open thinking and global citizenship are encouraged through community service and studying other countries and cultures.  

My favorite projects
I have many favorite annually recurring projects, but there are also circumstances that arise and present unplanned opportunities for learning. For example, a favorite recent project was a safety video we made and presented to the whole school after one of our second graders broke his foot on the playground. It was an unexpected “teachable moment” that turned into something wonderful that served the whole school. The second graders were so proud of themselves!  

What I like best about teaching at Seven Hills
I love that I can take advantage of those “teachable moments” and instruct students on those essential skills in a variety of ways from year to year, based on the chemistry of the class, their strengths and interests. I love being part of this community of teachers. I am surrounded by master teachers who love what they do, value our students, and are true professionals. It seems impossible not to be motivated to do my best and bring my best to my work while surrounded by these amazing men and women.

Lynn Niehaus
Lotspeich Third Grade Teacher
Lotspeich Third Grade Teacher  

Teaching Experience
Teaching at Seven Hills since 2005  

Degrees
B.A., Liberal Arts, University of Toronto
M.S., Elementary Education, D’Youville College  

Teaching Philosophy

Important skills I want to teach my students
My goal each day is to foster a love of learning, instill a sense of self-confidence, and encourage each child to be an inquisitive learner, responsible student, and creative thinker.  

Teaching methods to reach these goals
Our third grade year is designed purposefully to propel each student forward using specific skill sets in a variety of creative ways. These lessons are designed to teach every child to be an effective communicator. These students are now at a level where they are no longer learning to read, but reading to learn. Through modeling, scaffolding, cooperative learning, active hands-on projects, affording each child appropriate practice time, and, of course, a sprinkle of humor, each child experiences new levels of success in mathematics, reading, and writing across the curriculum.  

My favorite projects
My favorite project is entitled “My Dragon Tale.” This is designed to ignite creative juices and inspire each child to engage in a purposeful creative writing project built around their recent encounter with adjectives. The project concludes with each child writing and illustrating an exciting tale about his or her dragon. It is incredible to watch this project unfold. Most importantly, it is pure delight to see how engaged each student is in discovering the power of adjectives and how very proud the students are of their final projects.  

What I like best about teaching at Seven Hills
I have the privilege of working and teaching with a dedicated, talented group of people who care about their students and their colleagues. Perfect.

Zoe Paraskevopoulos
Lotspeich Fifth Grade Teacher

Marcia Snyder
Lotspeich Librarian
Lotspeich Librarian

Teaching Experience
Teaching at Seven Hills since 1974

Degrees
B.S., Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin/LaCrosse

Teaching Philosophy

Important skills I want to teach my students
As the librarian, I want children to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning. This is a team effort with all of us at school - their teachers, our principal, and classmates who encourage readers every day. I also want our students to become independent and competent in using any library. In this fast-changing world of print and non-print materials, I seek to motivate and guide students to enjoy a variety of literature and to evaluate and choose appropriate reference materials for research in our print collection or in the online resources available to the students.

Teaching methods to reach these goals
Beginning with the two-year-olds, I try to model the love of books and reading by introducing a wide variety of books to share with them - both fiction and nonfiction. We learn to appreciate the words and illustrations in the books. We continue learning about authors, illustrators and genres throughout the grades. I also demonstrate and reinforce the variety of resources available on our Seven Hills website and links to other resources students can use.

My favorite projects
My favorite activity during the year is preparing the students for our yearly author visits. We have had the opportunity to meet a great variety of talented writers and illustrators through this valuable program, which is supported through funding provided by grandparents, among others. I am always amazed that even the youngest children remember details about the authors and illustrators they have met.

What I like best about teaching at Seven Hills
I enjoy working every day with a faculty and administration that are truly dedicated professionals who provide a challenging, but caring and nurturing learning environment for all students. I enjoy teaching children whose families trust the decisions made at school each day, value education, and support the school in so many ways.

Sara Snyder
Lotspeich Fourth Grade Teacher
Lotspeich Fourth Grade Teacher  

Teaching Experience
Teaching at Seven Hills since 2002  

Degrees
B.S., Elementary Education, Ohio University
M.Ed., Instructional Technology, University of Maryland  

Teaching Philosophy  

Important skills I want to teach my students
It is important to teach children about problem solving. As a math teacher, I expose students to different types of problems and give them opportunities to solve them individually or collaboratively with other students. It is also important to encourage persistence in problem solving.  

Teaching methods to reach these goals
We use the Everyday Math program in which students are exposed to different methods of solving problems, using partial and traditional algorithms. We have integrated the Singapore Math program in which the students use model drawing to solve problems. My students have a weekly problem solving class in which they are encouraged to use a variety of methods to solve problems, draw a picture, make a list, organize the data, brainstorm, etc. They are exposed to various types of problems, including spatial problems, multistep problems, and logic problems.  

My favorite projects
We have a wonderful field trip each spring when we go to Camp Kern. We spend three days and two nights bringing the fourth grade social studies curriculum to life. Prior to going to Camp Kern, the students study Ohio History. While we are at Camp Kern, the students learn even more about the topic through hands-on experiences. We hike to Fort Ancient, reenact the Treaty of Greenville, “meet” early settlers from Ohio, and do team building activities. The students have such a wonderful time and learn so much in the process.  

What I like best about teaching at Seven Hills
Seven Hills encourages the development of unique and creative unit studies. The students are actively engaged in class lessons and are eager to participate. There is a sense of community, caring and family here.  

Rob Starkey
Lotspeich Physical Education Teacher & Lower SchoolAthletic Coordinator
Lotspeich Physical Education Teacher  

Teaching Experience
Teaching at Seven Hills since 2013  

Degrees
B.A., Physical Education, College of Mount St. Joseph
M.S., Educational Administration, Xavier University  

Teaching Philosophy
The most important skills that I teach my students are to respect each other, work together, and try new things.  

Teaching methods to reach these goals
Throughout my classes I use small group activities and small-sided games. I do this to introduce skills that the students will use in the future to get them to try new activities and step a little out of their comfort zones.  

My favorite project
One of my favorite projects is our gymnastics unit. It was great to see the progress some of the students make throughout the two-week unit. We do not get very complex, but many students start from square one and show great courage in performing different rolls, jumps off the springboard and climbing ropes.  

What I like best about teaching at Seven Hills
I love the people that I work with, I have never worked with a group of people who love what they do as much as the employees at Seven Hills. It is a joy to work with them.

Rebecca Swain
Lotspeich Second Grade Teacher
Lotspeich Second Grade Teacher  

Teaching Experience
Teaching at Seven Hills since 2013  

Degrees
B.S., Elementary Education, Xavier University
M.S., Educational Leadership, Bank Street College of Education  

Teaching Philosophy

Important skills I want to teach my students

I want my students to develop a love for learning and investigating. I think it's important that they ask questions and I want to help them develop the skills to find the answers to their questions through play, projects, the arts, research, technology, and writing. I also want to help them understand the Seven Values and how each value plays a role in our classroom and school community. I want to build confidence with reading and writing and help students reflect and grow intellectually, socially and emotionally.  

Teaching methods to reach these goals
In second grade students learn in a variety of ways. They learn through independent assignments, assessments, collaborative projects, independent projects, whole class lessons and small group lessons. I always think about the individuals in the class and plan lessons to meet their individual learning needs.  

My favorite projects
My favorite project the students participate in is our non-fiction poster project. The students spend several weeks reading non-fiction stories, and identifying non-fiction text features. At the end of the study each student picks an animal and creates a non-fiction poster presenting facts about their animal. The students learn how to write a paragraph with a topic sentence, supporting details and a conclusion. Then they are free to use any of the non-fiction text features we learned about to add additional facts to their poster. Students may draw pictures, use technology, create graphs, write captions and labels, and much more to teach others about their animal. When they finish their posters we laminate them and display them in the hallway for all students to enjoy and learn from!   What I like best about teaching at Seven Hills I have worked in a variety of schools here in Cincinnati as well as New York City.

What I like best about teaching at Seven Hills
One of the things I love most about Seven Hills is the close family community feeling and the commitment to provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum at all levels. As a teacher it is wonderful to be able to plan creative lessons, work with colleagues who are constantly striving to become better educators, and always keep the child at the heart of educational decisions. I also love how the "whole" child is valued at Seven Hills. Students have many opportunities to express themselves through Spanish, art, music, physical education, drama, science, library, and computer lab. These engaging classes, along with the traditional academics and a focus on the Seven Values allows each child to find many ways to share their ideas and continue to grow intellectually.

Anne Vanoy
Lotspeich Reading Specialist
Anne Vanoy
Lotspeich Reading Specialist  

Teaching experience
Teaching at Seven Hills since 1987  

Degree
B.S. Southwestern University  

Teaching Philosophy  

Important skills I want to teach my students
The most important goal for my students is to develop a love of reading and to become life-long learners. I not only care that they enjoy reading, but also that they improve the use of this tool so central to all learning.  

Teaching methods to reach these goals
In early reading, a large part of teaching is the building of skills in all language arts areas, so that students have tools in processing all written language. It is so important for a teacher to discern individual learning strategies that work best for each child. Children learn best through many different intelligence modalities. It is important to present information in a multisensory method, appealing to the strong intellect of these learners. It is just as important to share this with the child, and provide ownership in the learning process.  

My favorite projects
I have worked to make the reading curriculum connect with all of the students' learning. Projects and hands-on, activity-based learning involves the whole child and stimulates the child's interest. When reading Sarah Plain and Tall in fourth grade, it is easy to relate the rich storyline to many other subjects. The lead character lives in past times in two states, Maine and Kansas. We sing songs of the time when the characters sing. We make an audio file that mimics the sound of a serious storm that Sarah's family survives in a barn. My favorite activity involves the local flora of Kansas that is so important to the farm family. The wildflowers of Maine have names reflecting the sea. The wildflowers of Kansas have names reflecting the prairie. The children work in teams to find these in their reading and discuss the names. I share artwork from my aunt, who specialized in painting wildflowers. Then they take a wildflower photography walk on campus to identify Ohio flora and to sketch their favorite from their own photos.  

What I like best about teaching at Seven Hills
Teaching at Seven Hills is teaching at the best possible place. The children come to class with experiences and mindsets that bring excitement to every lesson. I am able to begin with what they already know and build on that excitement. The support here is truly amazing. The administration is respectful and offers many opportunities to further train in my field. The parents are in turn respectful, trusting and supportive. Most of all, my fellow teachers and staff collaborate to create a strong and caring place for all.

Kimberly 'Kim' Walden
Lotspeich Third Grade Teacher
Lotspeich Third Grade Teacher  

Teaching Experience
Teaching at Seven Hills since 2003  

Degrees
B.A., Literature, California State University  

Teaching Philosophy  

Important skills I want to teach my students
My goal is to foster and support a love of learning in my classroom, acting as a facilitator and guide as each child discovers his or her own “joy in learning.” Helping students to become independent, self-motivated learners is key, as well as encouraging them to view the world around them with both curiosity and compassion.  

Teaching methods to reach these goals
I use many teaching methods, depending on the student and circumstances. Among the many methods I incorporate into my approach are direct instruction, modeling, discussion, collaboration, inquiry guided, and project-based learning.  

My favorite projects
I love our dragon project that starts as a lesson about adjectives, and then turns into a creative writing project, culminating with each child creating his or her own dragon image in water color. Our Presidential project is another of my favorites. The children work collaboratively in small groups to research the life of a President of the United States. They must write about the early, middle and later years of the President and create a display board about his life.  

What I like best about teaching at Seven Hills
Our Seven Hills community is vey much an extended family to me.

Russell White
Doherty/Lotspeich Creative Dramatics Teacher
Lower School Creative Dramatics Teacher

Teaching Experience
Teaching at Seven Hills since 1999

Degrees
Bachelor of Arts, Northern Kentucky University
Master of Arts, Northern Kentucky University

Teaching Philosophy

Important skills I want to teach my students
The most important skills I teach are teamwork and creative expression.

Teaching methods to reach these goals
I use theater games, scene work, and improvisational challenges to meet goals.

My favorite projects
My favorite project of the year is producing the fifth grade play.

What I like best about teaching at Seven Hills
I love the freedom I have to adjust my plans and create new challenges for my students. I also love getting inspired by ideas my students come up with and seeing their joy when the ideas come to life on stage or in the classroom.

Natalie Williams
Lotspeich Science Teacher
Lotspeich Science Teacher  

Teaching Experience
Teaching at Seven Hills since 2007  

Degrees
B.S., Middle Childhood Education, Bowling Green State University  

Teaching Philosophy  

Important skills I want to teach my students
The most important skills I want to teach my young scientists are to be good critical thinkers and to work well in groups.  

Teaching methods to reach these goals
I use a great deal of guided inquiry in the classroom. The students are given a problem, dilemma, or set of supplies and they are asked to create a solution with little intervention from me.  

My favorite projects
One of my favorite projects is the fifth grade QUEST (scientific thinking) unit. Small groups of students are each assigned an area of science and asked to explore a particular aspect through a student-led investigation. Over the course of the project, the Lotspeich fifth graders Skype with Doherty fifth graders to discuss progress and give one another advice. Once the investigations and presentations are completed, Lotspeich and Doherty meet to share what was learned.  

What I like best about teaching at Seven Hills
Teaching at Seven Hills is a true gift. I have the freedom to teach what interests the children and have the supplies, technology and resources to do it! Since I teach grades one through five, I am able to watch the children grow throughout their elementary school years and truly discover each student’s learning style. I am trusted as an educator and given the support to be a successful science teacher.

Robin Wilson
Lotspeich Music Teacher
Lotspeich Music Teacher

Teaching Experience
Teaching at Seven Hills since 2007

Degrees
B.A., Music Education, Ashland University
M.A., Music Education, Nova Southeastern University

Teaching Philosophy

Important skills I want to teach my students
Most importantly, I want to teach my students to love music.

Teaching methods to reach these goals
I use various methods of teaching that include Orff and Kodaly. I choose many different styles and genres of music and incorporate as much instrument playing and movement as I can.

My favorite projects
I love to produce musicals and concerts with the students.

What I like best about teaching at Seven Hills
I love teaching at Seven Hills for several reasons. First, the opportunity for professional development. The school supplies technology, instruments, and funding to attend workshops and conferences. Second, I love working with other faculty in cross-curricular planning between subjects. Third, I love our students and parents.
 
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