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The fall has afforded several opportunities for teachers and students to share the good work that has been happening at Mustard Seed School with other educators around the United States. Celebrate with me!

at conferences

  • In October Mustard Seed teachers Emily Sytsma (preschool), Clara Buckley (preschool and Upper School art), and Melissa McCallihan (4/5) participated in a poster session at the NJAIS conference at Liberty Science Center. (Read the MSS blog Early Childhood: Observational Drawing as a Science Tool)
  • In early November Gary Lawrence (pre-algebra and algebra) presented a workshop about creative problem solving at the National Conference of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) in Indianapolis, IN, along with Dr. Hoyun Cho (Capital University, OH).
  • Mr. Lawrence and Dr. Cho presented at the NCTM Conference in Richmond, VA, last week. They were joined by two MSS alumnae, Audrey ’14 and Margeaux ’14. Their topic was MSS’ I LOVE Math Day and building a positive mathematics culture while developing problem-solving skills. (Read the MSS blog on I LOVE Math Day.)

   Over 3,000 teachers from the east coast attended the conference. “Dazzling” and “brilliant” were words that teachers who attended Mr. Lawrence’s workshop used to describe our alumnae.

Online articles

Joan Huyser-Honig from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship recently interviewed Kathy Hanson (Director of Grades 2-8) about the year-long Psalm study last year that was made possible by a Vital Worship Grant.  Ms. Huyser-Honig wrote two articles that feature Ms. Hanson and MSS:

choristers sing at a Benefit Concert

  • Last Sunday the Mustard Seed Choristers sang as a guest choir at the 7th Annual CMAD (Children Making A Difference) Benefit Concert at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Trenton, NJ. All proceeds from the concert were given to Meals on Wheels.

One of our school-wide goals is to contribute to the national conversation about education.  Sending out teachers and students to lead and teach other educators is one of the ways that we do this.

Stay tuned for more news about MSS teachers sharing their gifts beyond Mustard Seed.

Thomas Postema

THOMAS S. POSTEMA, Head of School

Mr. Postema has been the head of MSS since July 2011. He has over 30 years of experience in education and has been a MSS parent, an Advisory Council member, and donor to the school.