The spotlight on our new Assistant Head of School, Chantra Reinman, is in the latest issue of Princeton Magazine! She talks about the mission of The Lewis School, her storied background in international education, and how she brought Lewis teaching and learning approaches developed by Marsha Gaynor Lewis for The Lewis School across the world. Read the full interview here.
This summer, Lewis master teacher and learning specialist, Keara Kilpatrick, was invited to teach at an orphanage in Ghana, West Africa. As a Lewis educator, she took the teaching and learning approaches developed by Marsha Gaynor Lewis for The Lewis School to children and teachers at Countryside Children Orphanage and School in Awutu Bawjiase. Located in the central region of the country, the orphanage and school lack basic necessities, such as running water for health and hygiene, and teachers for the many students in need. After two weeks in Africa, Miss Kilpatrick walked away with a renewed sense of gratitude and humility.
The Countryside Children’s Orphanage houses over one hundred children, from infants to adults in their 20’s. The school is part of the orphanage, where teachers are often the orphans who have become adults. Like the rest of the country, there are not enough teachers. On Miss Kilpatrick’s first day, she was scheduled to teach a class of young children, when next door, she discovered another full class, whose teacher was absent. She combined both classes, took out her backpack, and began teaching them all. Among a diverse resource of multisensory strategies and techniques, Miss Kilpatrick taught the original Lewis School Object Box to enhance phonics, reading, spelling, and writing.
Miss Kilpatrick’s interaction with the children and their teachers provided great opportunity for success through new forms of learning. For the children, the alphabet codes began to make sense. And for Miss Kilpatrick, she came to appreciate the resilience of those who have so little and the kindness of strangers when that is all there is to give.
Miss Kilpatrick’s compassion and commitment not only reflect a teacher who champions all children, but also a school whose mission is realized both at home and abroad.
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Where great kids realize their dreams
We are proud to report that the 2018 college-bound students have earned Merit Scholarship Awards totaling $1.6 million! In her poignant comment, senior Alison Gause reminds us of the first – and likely the most difficult – step on the journey toward independence: “Lewis allowed me to embrace my learning difference – and to accept them, too.” And along that journey, post-graduate AJ DeMarco reminds us to continue to “have faith in what you’re passionate about.” This year, our senior and post-graduate students were accepted to the following universities:
Appalachian State University
Bucks County Community College
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Georgian Court University
NJ Institute of Technology
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rutgers School of Arts and Science
Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Service
St. Lawrence University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stony Brook University
The College of New Jersey
University of Connecticut
University of Denver
University of North Carolina – Greensboro
University of Southern New Hampshire
As these students are about to embark on their college journey, we hope they bring with them these words from Marsha Gaynor Lewis, Head of School: “Choose to follow the dream you have dreamed forever, think of new possibilities along the way, and with every step you take and every choice you make, build a wonderful, worthwhile life that is a stunning reflection of the best you can be.” Congratulations, Class of 2018!