Enrichment - Art
Wendy has taught art in the public school setting for almost 20 years, teaching a diverse group of children from varied ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. She has dedicated herself to developing and maintaining successful art programs in the middle and elementary school environments. Having lived and worked in New England, Europe, and the Southeastern USA enables her to bring a broader perspective of life and art to her students. Wendy uses her expertise, versatility, and knowledge in developing creativity within her students. Her accomplished, enthusiastic, and productive art curriculum have received recognition and praise from administrators, parents, students, and the public.
Wendy has a BFA from the University of Georgia, and holds a Masters in Educational Technologies from Marlboro College Graduate School.
Enrichment - Library
Eileen Parks holds a Masters of Science from Simmons Graduate School of Library Information and a Bachelors in Art History from the University of California, Santa Cruz. The library program at Academy serves all learners with weekly programming designed to not only spark a student's intellectual curiosity, but also sustain a passion for lifelong learning.
The library collection contains approximately seven thousand highly curated books that not only support the school's rigorous class curriculum, but also provides fiction titles not found in the classroom. In addition to the very best in modern children’s fiction, students will find fascinating biographies, current books about scientific discoveries, How To books, picture books with glorious art for family read-alouds and so much more. Academy students love books and it shows with the high circulation rates for our materials. New books arrive monthly to keep the collection interesting and compelling for young, curious minds.
Reading is the most essential component in any person’s educational career. There’s very little a person can accomplish if they do not read widely, regularly, and well. Conversely, there’s absolutely nothing a person cannot achieve if they do.
Enrichment - Music
Bri is the 2-6 General Music and 4-6 Band teacher at Academy School. In music, students sing, say, dance, and play! Students are given the opportunity to explore, create, and perform while developing musical literacy. Throughout the year, students are immersed in a variety of quality music literature, activities, and culturally diverse music experiences. Bri's music classroom is designed to enhance student appreciation for music, understanding of the world, and expression of self.
Bri completed her Orff-Schulwerk Level 1 certification in 2018 at the Eastman School of Music. She holds a Bachelors of Music Education and Performance from Bowling Green State University and a Masters of Voice Performance and Pedagogy from East Carolina University. Previous teaching experience in the South and Midwest allows Bri to bring a unique perspective to the music room. In 2011, she co-founded Bowling Green Children's Opera, a touring company that brings "kid-centered" opera to elementary schools throughout the Midwest.
Enrichment - Spanish
Academy School Spanish Language Program serves as an introduction to language learning and strives to instill an awareness of different cultures, an appreciation of language/culture study, and motivation for further language study. We aim to create lifelong language learners through encouraging the development of foreign language skills early in life. To this end, Academy School offers Spanish language in grades 1-6. At Academy we strive to teach our students the importance of language study by engaging in meaningful cultural exploration projects. Program goals include enhancing reading development in both English and the target language, promoting global awareness and cultural understanding as well as meeting district, state and national foreign language standards.
María Carreño is a native of Orense, Spain. María has taught Spanish in both the private and public school sector for almost 25 years. María strongly believes that learning a second language is a fundamental necessity in an ever -increasing global community. As a Spanish language teacher, María is deeply committed to sharing her passion for language and culture study and instills in her students the understanding of cultural differences, the importance of tolerance and hopefully, the desire to travel and explore.
An important aspect of our core curriculum are our enrichment classes. These classes are about fostering creativity in our students... valuing both mind and body, students explore visual arts, movement, music, cultural diversity, and celebration of the human spirit. Our Academy Specials are essential for both personal and academic growth.