The fall at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School means new faces on campus — students, faculty, parents, and staff. It’s a time full of excitement, with connections made and old relationships nurtured.
A number of new faculty joined Ethical Culture this year, entering the School’s classrooms with anticipation. Here, we got to know two of Ethical Culture’s newest teachers in a roundtable discussion: Rosalinda Glennon, 1st Grade Teacher, and Isabel Rubin, 3rd Grade Teacher.
Glennon: After working remotely for a year, I am excited to be back in the classroom with kids to have choice time and read books together.
Rubin: It’s so wonderful to have everyone in the building and in the classroom this year. I’m excited to get to know my students and find fun ways for us to build our knowledge together. I think we’ll be able to do some awesome hands-on projects this year!
Glennon: I'm still getting settled into a new school community and teaching in-person during COVID-19 times, but everyone at EC has been really welcoming and supportive. I'm from Venezuela and it's great to have met two other teachers who are Venezuelan as well! I'm also enjoying the salads that are available for lunch every day.
Rubin: I have felt so welcomed on this campus! It’s been amazing getting to know all my new colleagues, students, and families. One thing I’m loving is being so close to the park. Having the opportunity to get outside each day is pretty special. On top of that, EC has so many spectacular specialists and resources. It’s great that our students are able to go to the Library, Woodshop, Art Studio, and more this year!
Glennon: My favorite activity to get to know students at the beginning of the year is playing a game called “Just Like Me,” where kids share something about themselves in the middle of the circle. If that thing is true for others, then they come into the circle as well. It's really nice to see kids’ faces light up when they realize that other people have something in common with them.
Rubin: I mix it up every year but I always look for opportunities for students to share things about themselves that they think others in the class might not know about them. This year, we had students bring in baby pictures and four mystery facts about themselves. We created a matching game and worked to match the baby pictures to the facts. Then, each student said a little bit more about their facts. It was really fun and a creative way for us to get to know each other!
Glennon: I have always worked in progressive schools and have talked to kids about being upstanders for themselves, the environment, and others. This continues to be a relevant conversation in 1st Grade at EC.
Rubin: I’ve spent many years teaching 3rd Grade in New York City independent schools similar to Ethical Culture. I have a strong understanding of where 3rd Graders are developmentally and my favorite thing is fostering environments where my students can take ownership of their learning and their story. It’s been so fun learning all about 3rd Grade at EC!
Glennon: Before an anxiety-inducing task, I like to listen to calming songs like “Small Axe” by Bob Marley. It makes me feel like I can do anything, just like a small axe can cut down a big tree.
Rubin: I’m a big Queen fan so I’m going to have to say “Don’t Stop Me Now!”