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Our Teachers Are Experts

Each day teachers find new ways to inspire, guide, and support their students.

Recruited from all over the country and trained in some of the nation’s best schools, Seven Hills’ teachers are experts not only in their subjects, but in connecting with young people.

They know developmental milestones and different styles of learning.  

Guided by our Educational Philosophy, teachers know how to motivate and inspire students and how to build close, supportive relationships, offer guidance, and foster confidence. Free from the constraints of state-mandated testing, they design engaging, student-centered activities that capture the imagination of each individual student.

And Seven Hills teachers are, themselves, lifelong learners. Supported by a generous continuing education program and curriculum renewal grants, each year they refine their courses and develop new units or approaches to reflect best practices.


TeacherS in their own words

Here’s a sample of how some of our teachers define their goals and the impact they hope to make on their students’ lives.

Read more teachers’ philosophies here. 

Julie Guminey

Doherty Lower School Unit II

“The most important skills I want to teach my students are to be creative thinkers and to develop independence.”

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Megan Hayes

Lotspeich Lower School World Language

“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.”

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Andy McGarvey

Dean of Middle School and Middle School History

“The lessons I like to emphasize and teach are a combination of collaboration and presentation skills. Students learn the importance of listening to others and accepting ideas that are not always their own when they work together in small groups. They learn to compromise and sometimes not have everything they feel is most important in the final product.”

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Brian Berning

Upper School Science

“The number one skill that I try to teach my students is to think! I want them to think critically, to be able to apply their knowledge to solve problems and answer the difficult questions.”

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Faculty Professional Development

Great teachers are lifelong learners. They thrive on the lively exchange of ideas and researching the latest developments in their fields. Each year, our teachers attend national conferences and workshops and visit exemplary schools across the country to learn and share best practices. They devote considerable time developing new approaches to facilitate learning, and keep their teaching fresh. 

Teachers eagerly devote time to exploring the educational world for new ideas. They bring back an infusion of new ideas along with the inspiration to innovate in the classroom, continue researching best practices, and rethink their courses to prepare students as critical thinkers and responsible problem-solvers. 

Curriculum Development

Seven Hills offers a unique curriculum renewal program that incentivizes teachers to spend the summer refreshing their curriculum in light of new educational research and findings. Since the inception of this program, we have funded more than 250 grants in pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

A few examples include:

  • The introduction of a computational thinking and digital literacy curriculum at both Doherty and Lotspeich.
  • The spiraling curriculum developed by our sixth- and eighth-grade English teachers, who used a curriculum-development grant to ensure that students absorb essential reading and writing skills as they progress from grade to grade through our Middle School.
  • The development of our Upper School May Intensive course on The Innocence Project.

This program ensures that teachers continually refine their approach to curriculum, in light of research-based best practice.


 

Signature Programs

Woven throughout our entire curriculum, our Signature Programs represent a distinctive and innovative approach to education that engages and motivates students through unique learning opportunities and experiences. At every age, students are diving deeper in their interests, honing their critical and creative thinking skills, and discovering more about themselves and the world around them.

See Our Signature Programs