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  • US Director's Blog: August 2019

    Dear Upper School Community,

    At this point in the year, as our students prepare to engage great minds from Homer to Hawking, I recall similar encounters, long past, of my own.
     
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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 head of the upper school 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.