Faculty Professional Activities
December 6, 2013
Lower School Assistant Principal Jill Lemon will attend the NAIS Annual Conference in Orlando.
Upper School Director of Career Development Judy Muir will attend the ISAS Biennial Teacher Conference in New Orleans.
Girls lacrosse coaches Jamie Platt, Heather Farlow, and Jennifer Peyton will attend the US Lacrosse National Convention in Philadelphia.
November 22, 2013
Lower School Principal Krista Babine and Middle School Principal Chelsea Collins will attend the Heads Network Annual Meeting in Orlando.
Lower School art teacher Lauren Tayler, Middle School computer teacher Jeff Diedrich, Middle School speech and drama teacher Patty Edwards, Upper School Dean Scott Lambert, Upper School history teacher Leslie Lovett, Director of Wellness Cheryl Mitchell, Upper School English teacher Kate Lambert, Upper School science teacher Sarah Shea, Upper School Spanish teachers Yolanda Soliz and Vanessa Zamudio Lara, and Chief Technology Officer Larry Kahn will attend the ISAS 2014 Biennial Teacher Conference in New Orleans in February.
The entire Middle and Upper School English and History Departments will participate in an April workshop at Kinkaid on Socratic seminars.
Varsity boys lacrosse coaches Jeremy Platt, Dennis Kliza, and Michael Centra will attend the United States Lacrosse Convention in Philadelphia.
November 15, 2013
Lower School art teacher Lauren Taylor will participate in two workshops sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston: "Early 20th Century Modern Design" and "A View from All Sides.”
Lower School teacher CeCelia O'Connell and Chief Technology Officer Larry Kahn will make a presentation, "Blogging With Your Students,” at the NAIS Annual Conference in Orlando.
Middle School mathematics teacher Karen Metclaf is taking a five-week Rowan University online course on Robotics NXT.
Upper School filmmaking teacher and track and cross country coach Ryan Gillentine will attend the USA Track & Field's Level I Coaching School at Houston Baptist University.
November 1, 2013
Lower School Reading Specialist Pat Cavanagh will continue her graduate coursework through Sam Houston State University this spring.
Lower School teacher Mary Margaret Greer will take advanced basic language skills classes, required for certification to become a dyslexia therapist, at The Neuhaus Education Center.
Upper School English teachers Kristen Bird and Tara McDonald Johnson will take part in a Socratic Seminar Leadership workshop in Houston.
Upper School science teacher Stephanie Toro will attend the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST) meeting in Houston.
Director of Libraries and Archives Dorian Myers will attend two conferences in the spring: the Texas Library Association's Annual Conference in San Antonio and the Association of Independent School Librarians 2014 Meeting in Dallas.
Director of Wellness and cross country and track coach Cheryl Mitchell will attend the Rice Speed Symposium 2013 at Rice University.
October 25, 2013
Prekindergarten teacher Melissa Eggleston attended the K-12 Technology Applications Conference, sponsored by TCEA at the Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston.
Middle School science teacher Shari Hiltbrand recently participated in two webinars, one led by engineers on transportation challenges and another on SimCity, a program used by students to design a "virtual city" of the future. She also attended a workshop sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Middle School mathematics teacher Kathy Howe is taking a Coursera (MOOC) course on using formative assessments aligned with Common Core state standards.
Upper School Mandarin Chinese teacher Jenny Chiu will attend the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language Annual Conference in Orlando in November.
October 18, 2013
Middle School science teacher Dara McLurkin is taking a course on winter vegetable gardening through Urban Harvest.
Middle School French teacher Mariana Schneller will attend the TechFest Workshop in Houston.
Middle School history teacher Byron Williams is taking an online (MOOC) Coursera course, “The Kennedy Half Century,” through the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.
Chief Technology Officer Larry Kahn will participate in a webinar, "The Rise of 'DIY College' and What it Means for K-12 Education".
Dean of Faculty Jim Dunaway is taking an online (MOOC) course in philosophy through EdX and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
October 10, 2013
Lower School teacher Margaret Newman will participate in a webinar, "Scientific Spelling," sponsored by the Neuhaus Education Center.
Middle School science teacher Dara McLurkin will attend a workshop, “Learning Across New Dimensions in Science,” hosted by Armand Bayou Nature Center.
Seven of our faculty will take part in the annual NAIS People of Color Conference this December in Washington, D.C.: Sonia Clayton, Melissa Eggleston, Casey Fleming, Josh Hudley, Dunayra Sitton de Mendez, Clifton Walker, and Christina Zeigler.
October 4, 2013
Middle School Assistant Principal James Jordan and Middle School Learning Specialist Jill Vutpakdi will attend the annual ERB Conference in Fort Worth.
James Jordan went to the Museum of Fine Arts for the A+ lecture by Dr. Pasi Sahlberg, “Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland?”
Middle School Librarian Judann Luening will attend the ‘Tweens Read 2013 Book Festival in Pasadena, Texas.
Middle and Upper School Art teacher Nancy McMillan will participate in a workshop, "Silhouettes and Collage," sponsored by the Watercolor Art Society-Houston.
Director of Visual Arts and photography teacher David Veselka will take part in a symposium, "Magnum Photos into the Digital Age," sponsored by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin.
Upper School Dean Robert Street will attend a conference hosted by the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
Athletics Administrative Assistant Chase Jaffarian will take an online strength and conditioning course.
September 27, 2013
Lower School teachers Lindsay Durr and Kelsey Williams and assistant teacher Greer Weeks will participate in an online course, "Scientific Spelling," through the Neuhaus Education Center.
September 20, 2013
Fourth grade teacher Kellie Little will participate in an online course, "Scientific Spelling," through the Neuhaus Education Center.
Lower and Middle School music teacher Ashley McCann-Hermis will attend the American Orff-Schulwerk Association Professional Development Conference in Denver.
Softball coaches Beth Rodriguez, Terry Harper, and John Friday will attend the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Softball Clinic in San Antonio in December.
September 13, 2013
Middle School science teacher Dara McLurkin will go to Denver for the National Science Teachers Association Area Conference on Science Education, "Science Runs Through It."
Middle School mathematics teacher Karen Metclaf will attend a Robotics Workshop at the Hollingsworth Science Center in Houston. The workshop will focus on integrating robotics into science and math curriculum by using LEGO NXT robots to engage 21st century learners.
Upper School Learning Specialist Shannon Terrill will attend the DSM-IV Workshop sponsored by Cross Country Education in Houston.
Upper School history teacher Angela Wainright is attending a series of lectures at Rice University, "Getting There: How Transportation Shaped Houston's Development.”
Baseball coaches Steve Maas, Matt Pierce, Jeremy Knox, and Mike Horn will attend the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Convention in Waco in January.
September 6, 2013
Lower School Reading Specialist Pat Cavanagh and Director of Libraries Dorian Myers are attending the Inprint series of author readings and interviews.
Middle School Librarian Judy Baldwin and fifth grade English teacher Christina Bell will attend a workshop, "What's New in Young Adult Literature."
Middle School mathematics teacher Kathy Howe will participate in a webinar, "Create a Successful Blended Classroom."
Middle School Assistant Principal James Jordan will be continue graduate work at George Washington University.
Middle School Counselor Jay Glynn and Middle School Learning Specialist Jill Vutpakdi will attend the DSM-IV Workshop in Houston in September.
Jay Glynn and Upper School Counselor Laura Lomax-Bream will take part in two workshops: “Teaching Meditation to Children” and "Treatment for Resistant Anxiety, Worry & Panic.”
Upper School English teacher Christa Forster will take part in an advanced poetry intensive workshop sponsored by INPRINT.
Head Basketball Coach and Physical Education teacher Scott Zimmerman will continue working on a Master’s through Colorado State University.
August 30, 2013
Lower School faculty Jillian Cox, Becca Hobbs, Ginny Simon and Greer Weeks and Middle School Latin teacher Murphy Moellers will attend the ISAS Beginning Teacher Institute in Houston in September.
Lower School Reading Specialist Pat Cavanagh will continue graduate work in educational diagnostics at Sam Houston State University.
Pat Cavanagh and Middle School English and Reading teacher Ruth Stubbs will attend the International Dyslexia Association's conference in New Orleans in November.
Lower School Counselor Nancy Simpson will attend a seminar, "Treatment Resistant Anxiety, Worry & Panic: 60 Effective Strategies," in Houston in October.
Middle School English teacher Christina Bell and Middle School Academic Enrichment teacher Alexis Trevelise will attend the Texas Computer Education Association's 2014 Convention and Expo in Austin in February.
Sixth Grade Dean and Middle School English teacher Andrew Herman will continue graduate work for a Master’s at the University of Houston.
Middle School mathematics teacher Kathy Howe will take a MOOC course, Inquiry Through Science and Engineering Practices, through Montana State University this fall.
Middle and Upper School Debate teacher Stacy Thomas will attend the Texas Speech Communication Association Annual Convention in Corpus Christi.
Craig Bowe, Upper School science teacher, will participate in a lecture series on neuroscience at Rice University this fall.
Director of Drama Michelle Ludwig will attend the Educational Theatre Association's Annual Conference in Minneapolis in September.
Upper School Science teacher Linda Miller participated in an Adobe Illustrator class sponsored by the New Horizons Computer Learning Center in Houston.
Upper School Science teacher Stephanie Toro will attend the Texas Association for Environmental Education Conference in Port Aransas in September.
Everett Coleman, Strength and Conditioning Coach, will begin graduate work in for a Master’s in Sports Management from Texas A&M University.
Head Athletic Trainer Jimmy Roton will begin a Master’s in Athletic Administration from Ohio University.
May 31, 2013
Web Page Manager Keith Guehring will be attending the Finalsite University web conference in New Haven, Connecticut In June.
May 22, 2013
Upper School English teacher Michelle Miller will go on "A Literary and Historical Pilgrimage to Ireland" this summer. The focus of the trip is Irish poet William Butler Yeats.
May 21, 2013
Lower School Reading Specialist Pat Cavanagh, Middle School Counselor Dr. Jay Glenn, Upper School Counselor Dr. Laura Lomax-Bream, Lower School Counselor Dr. Nancy Simpson, Upper School Learning Specialist Shannon Terrill, and Middle School Learning Specialist Dr. Jill, Vutpakdi, "attended" a webinar, “The Neuropsychology of Reading Disorders: A Framework for Effective Interventions.”
May 20, 2013
Upper School Technology Coordinator Harlan Howe has completed a Coursera course (MOOC), “Computational Photography,” through Georgia Tech.
Middle School teachers Christina Bell, Roberta Feldman, Dara McLurkin, Liz Peterson, and Alexis Trevelise participated in a webinar, "Advisory Tips and Activities."
May 10, 2013
Middle School history teacher Diana Kokernot attended a lecture by archaeologist Douglas Mangum, "Canister and Grape: Artillery Related Artifacts from the San Jacinto Battleground," hosted by the San Jacinto Battleground.
May 1, 2013
Upper School English and Creative Writing teacher Angélique Jamail will take part in the DFW Writers' Conference in Hurst, Texas.
Assistant Athletic Director T. J. Bath and athletic trainers Jennifer Haynes and Jimmy Roton will attend the Southwest Athletic Trainers Meeting in Houston.
Third grade teachers Jennifer Beitler and CeCelia O'Connell, Middle School teachers Jeff Diedrich, Shari Hiltbrand, Kathy Howe, and Diana Kokernot, and Upper School teacher Carolyn McCarthy will attend the International Society for Technology in Education 2013 Annual Conference in San Antonio.
The second grade (Cindy Holubec, Susan Little, Margaret Newman, Kelsey Williams), third grade (Jennifer Beitler, Meredith Kottler, CeCelia O'Connell, Christine Papadakes), and fourth grade (Kaylan Caballero, Lisa Curry, Cindy Stanley, Clifton Walker) teams will spend time in collaborative curriculum planning.
Middle School English teacher Christina Bell will take an online course, "Literature for Youth," through the University of North Texas.
Lower School Reading Specialist Pat Cavanagh will begin coursework for an Educational Diagnostician Certification through Sam Houston State University.
Upper School teacher-administrators Sonia Clayton, Jennifer Kehler and Sheri Offenhauser will attend the NAIS School Leadership Institute at the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia.
Strength and conditioning coach Everett Coleman will attend the National Strength and Conditioning Association's 2013 National Conference in Las Vegas.
Upper School history teachers Patrick Durning and Angela Wainright will attend the Advanced Placement Summer Institute for World History in Delaware.
Upper School history teacher Leslie Lovett will take part in the Advanced Placement Summer Institute for World History at the Woodward Academy site in Atlanta.
Upper School history teacher Beth Fayard will attend the Advanced Placement National Conference in Las Vegas.
Lower School teachers Melissa Eggleston, Angie Gamez and Kathryn Leisz will attend the Texas Computer Education Association's Summer Conference in Galveston.
Upper School history teacher Tamasine Ellis will participate in the Asheville (NC) School's Project Connect.
Middle School Latin teacher John Friday will attend the Cambridge Latin Teachers Workshop in Houston.
Middle School science teacher Jeff Gessel will participate in Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy at the National Robotics Engineering Center, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
Athletic trainer Jennifer Haynes will attend the South Padre Athletic Training Seminar in South Padre Island.
Physical education teacher and coach Molly Higby will attend a workshop, "Dynamic Physical Education," at St. Francis Episcopal Day School.
Upper School chemistry teachers Dennis Kliza and Christina Zeigler will go to the ChemEd 2013 Conference the University of Waterloo (Canada).
Upper School art teacher Diane Marks will attend the MakingArtSafely Institute's summer workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Middle and Upper School French teacher Jane Murdock will attend the American Association of Teachers of French Annual Convention in Providence, Rhode Island.
Lower School teacher Betsy Thompson and assistant teacher Patti Patyk will attend the iPadpalooza workshop in Austin.
Middle School history teacher René Pérez will participate in a workshop, "Teaching Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome with Technology," at Harvard University.
Director of Dance Krissy Richmond will attend the World Dance Movement International Workshop in Bari, Italy.
Upper School English teacher Charlie Scott and Lower School art teacher Lauren Taylor will attend the E. E. Ford Summer Teachers' Colloquium at Santa Fe Prep School, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Middle School science teacher Laura Sinclair will take part in the workshop "Tools for Teaching" in Houston.
Middle School history teacher Alexis Sutherland and physical education teacher and coach Scott Zimmerman will attend the Student Leadership Course Curriculum Academy, sponsored by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals and the Texas Association of Student Councils in Austin.
Lower School teachers Mary Buettner, Cordie Hayden, Cindy Holubec and Kathryn Leisz will attend the Comprehension X3 Workshop in Denver.
Middle School English teacher Priscilla Moore will attend the Middle School Institute at Rice University.
Upper School Spanish teacher Vanessa Zamudio-Lara will attend a workshop, "The Architecture of Wonder: Literacies, Languages, and the Imagination," sponsored by the Habla Teacher Institute in Merida, Mexico.
April 12, 2013
Upper School Counselor Laura Lomax Bream, Upper School English teachers Jennifer Kehler, Angelique Jamail, and Casey Fleming, Upper School science teacher Sonia Clayton, and Middle School science teacher Jessica Zenker Nasseri, participated in a webinar, “Advisory Tips and Activities: Useful Suggestions for Advisors New and Old.”
The following faculty and staff attended edcamp Houston at Kinkaid last weekend: Kim Adkins, Craig Bowe, Ann Bowe, Renee Brownman, Chelsea Collins, Christa Forster, Shari Hiltbrand, Harlan Howe, Larry Kahn, Karen Metclaf, and Brenda Meyer.
March 28, 2013
Middle School Principal Barry Spiers and Middle School English Teacher and fifth grade Dean Christina Bell will be presenters at the Sixth Annual Symposium on Developing Student Leadership, sponsored by The Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education. It will be held at the National Cathedral School in Washington, D. C.
Christina Bell also will attend two workshops, "Character Education: What Really Works in 2013" and “Advisory Tips and Activities: Useful Suggestions for Advisors New and Old."
Middle School science teacher Laura Sinclair, in preparation for a unit on nutrition, has “attended” three webinars, "Food, Farm, and Nutrition Curriculum Connections: Developing Educational Experiences that Meet Teacher Needs"; "The Lunch Box: Healthy Tools to Help All Schools"; and "Farm to School and Farm-Based Education."
Upper School Technology Coordinator Harlan Howe has completed a MOOC course (originating at Georgia Tech) in “Control of Mobile Robots.”
Director of Libraries and Archives Dorian Myers will participate in a technology source workshop sponsored by the American Libraries Association.
March 1, 2013
Middle School English teacher Hallie Antweil will attend the International Reading Association Conference in San Antonio.
Middle School drama and speech teacher Patty Edwards will participate in lyric writing and voice and breath courses offered by the Einhorn School of Performing Arts in New York City.
Upper School history teacher Tamasine Ellis is completing a five-week Coursera (MOOC) course, “E-learning and Digital Culture,” through the University of Edinburgh.
Upper School mathematics teacher Christina Kendrick is taking part in a webinar, "Evaluating Innovative Courses in Introductory Statistics: Resources from the eATLAS Project."
February 15, 2013
Human Development teachers Cheryl Mitchell and Jennifer Haynes will take part in the Houston Eating Disorders Specialists 2013 Conference, "A Journey of Hope."
Middle School history teacher Diana Kokernot will continue participating in Apple's One-to-One Training opportunity over the next year.
Upper School mathematics teacher Christina Kendrick will attend the United States Conference on Teaching Statistics and its pre-conference workshops in North Carolina.
February 1, 2013
Band director Fred Angerstein and Lower School music teacher Myron Karner will attend the Texas Music Educator Association Conference and the Technology for Music Educators Conference in San Antonio.
Varsity football coaches Nathan Larned and John Friday will attend the Lone Star Coaching Clinic in College Station.
January 25, 2013
Lower School teacher Melissa Eggleston will attend the Annual Conference of the Houston Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.
Band teacher Sarah Bunk will take part in the 2013 Texas Music Educators Association Convention and the Technical Institute for Music Educators Conference in San Antonio.
Middle School Assistant Librarian Judann Luening will go to the Texas Library Association Conference in Fort Worth.
Upper School History teacher Leslie Lovett will take an online course about the history of the Silk Road. In addition, she and Upper School history teacher Beth Fayard will attend a Modern China seminar at Rice, sponsored by the East Asia Institute.
Beth Fayard and Upper School English teachers Kate Lambert and Jeanne Alsup will participate in a Rice University School of Continuing Education couse, "Life in Downton Abbey: The Fiction and the Reality.”
Sheri Offenhouser, Math Department Chair and Upper School Math teacher, will attend the Annual Conference of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development in Chicago.
January 18, 2013
Lower School Academic Technology Coordinator Peter Pickett attended the Independent Curriculum Group Conference 2013 at the Episcopal School of Dallas.
Lower School Reading Specialist Pat Cavanagh, Lower School teachers Mary Margaret Greer and Christine Papadakes, and Middle School English and Reading teacher Ruth Stubbs will attend the 2013 Houston Branch of the International Dyslexia Association Annual Conference.
Lower School teacher Mary Margaret Greer will participate in workshops at The Neuhaus Center on developing metacognitive skills and multisensory grammar.
Lower School Librarians Elizabeth Holloway and Crystal Walker will attend the Bureau of Education and Research's seminar, "What's New in Children's Literature" in Houston.
Middle School English teacher and Sixth Grade Dean Andrew Herman is taking courses at the University of Houston toward an M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision.
Middle School mathematics teacher Karen Metclaf will go to the Creative Problem Solving in Math Workshop hosted by Region 4 in Houston.
Middle School Librarian Judy Baldwin will take part in the Texas Library Association's Annual Conference in Fort Worth.
Upper School Spanish teacher Shari Harris will attend a lecture series, "The Road to Santiago de Compostela.”
Upper School history teacher Beth Fayard will participate in a lecture series, "Life in Downton Abbey: The Fiction and the Reality," at Rice University.
Upper School Spanish teacher Yolanda Soliz attended “Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado,” at the MFAH.
December 21, 2012
Lower School assistant teacher Margaret Newman will attend a workshop sponsored by the Neuhaus Education Center, "Accurate and Automatic Decoding."
Middle School history teachers Diana Kokernot and Roberta Feldman will attend the Region 4-sponsored Leadership Fusion Summit in Houston.
Upper School Technology Coordinator Harlan Howe took a MOOC, "Machine Learning," from Stanford via Coursera this fall.
Varsity Softball Coach Beth Rodriguez will attend the Gulf Coast Softball Coaches Clinic in Houston.
December 7, 2012
Middle School mathematics teacher Karen Metclaf will attend Edcamp, which will take place at Kinkaid in April.
November 30, 2012
Prekindergarten teacher Audrey Alexander will attend Rice University's School Literacy and Culture Conference.
Athletic Trainer Jimmy Roton is pursuing a Master’s of Athletic Administration through Ohio University.