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  • Upper School Director's Blog: November 2019

    At Gill St. Bernard’s School, we often speak about balance. Our school mission, in part, calls us to “provide a balanced community” for our families, and we heed that call by ensuring our students have plenty of opportunities in different fields. The list of just one weekend’s activities—our theater company’s production of Charley’s Aunt on Friday, the robotics team’s competition at Brunswick Eruption on Saturday, or our soccer team’s state championship victory at Kean University on Sunday—demonstrates the multiple ways our students can find balance between rigorous intellectual pursuits during the school day and intense practical challenges at day’s end. Of course, not all students choose the same counterweight; in addition to arts, clubs, or sports in their season, they might also choose service learning, community engagement, or any number of possibilities. What is important is that each provides the means to equilibrium.
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Upper School Director

Dr. Joel Coleman has more than two decades of experience in teaching, coaching and independent school leadership, serving most recently as Upper School Head at St. Paul’s School in Maryland. In that role, he led several curriculum initiatives, including spearheading changes to the school’s International Baccalaureate program, creating and implementing a K-12 departmental review cycle, and overseeing updates to the upper school’s science, math, arts, and philosophy curricula. As part of this work, he partnered with upper school faculty to create a portrait of a graduate and better define standards of teaching excellence at each grade level. In addition, Dr. Coleman piloted K-12 instructional coaching and mentoring for the faculty and worked to further align curriculum and faculty development with the school’s mission.
Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a rigorous, meaningful, and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.