The Gaynor community came together on Wednesday, October 18, on what would have been Co-Founder Dr. Miriam (Mimi) Michael’s 101st birthday to celebrate her life and her life’s work. Honoring the school’s co-founder were Trustee Emeritus Jo Ann Gaynor, Head of School Dr. Scott Gaynor, and Yvette Siegel-Herzog.
Among several focus areas identified in the recently-launched Strategic Plan, one included Gaynor’s social and emotional learning approach. Gaynor’s psychology department canvassed other schools in Manhattan and conducted extensive research. Ultimately, the department chose the RULER approach to Social and Emotional Learning, developed by Marc Brackett, David Caruso, and Robin Stern at Yale University.
In this installment of our “meet the new faculty and specialists” series, you will get to know the new head teachers in the Lower School. Ms. Kolenda’s looking for restaurant recommendations, Ms. Schaefer is up for Disney karaoke any day, and Ms. Scanlon likes to play softball and quote Aristotle. See what else you can learn about our new faculty members!
This week, we are beginning a multi-part series introducing our new specialists and teachers to the Gaynor community. We asked a series of serious and (somewhat) silly questions to get to know them better. Ms. Bode is returning to Gaynor after three years away, Ms. Brock makes a mean banana bread, and Ms. Cohen is a storm chaser. Find out more by clicking through!