“Families see Gordon as a community that embraces not only their child, but also their family,” says Lynn Bowman, Middle School Director at Gordon School. “There is an important partnership in the education of young people, and open communication between home and school is key.” She would know - both of her children graduated from the school, and she found her career path after enrolling them. “My mother, sister and aunts are all teachers, but I resisted it,” she says. “When we moved to the East Coast, I was looking for a school for my children. Luckily, I found Gordon. There was a humanities position open in the sixth grade. With encouragement from the Head of School, who saw something I didn’t see in myself, I went for it.”
That was 18 years ago. “Middle School is a special place,” Lynn says. “Our students have opportunities for leadership in all facets of student life: theater, sports, the arts as well as in the classroom.” After years of teaching sixth and eighth graders, Lynn is the Middle School Director. She’s closely connected to students, meeting with small groups every day, and is in classrooms at least two mornings a week. “Strong relationships with faculty and a curriculum that focuses on social justice and critical thinking leads to an education with impact,” she says. “Students leave Gordon ready to lead in the classroom and beyond. I’m really proud of that!”
In addition to shaping young minds, Lynn has also worked to teach future educators, helping to start a Teacher Residency Program at Gordon in partnership with Roger Williams University, that graduated more than 25 students who have gone on to teach all over the country. "
“The school is known on a national level to be a leader in creating an educational community that is diverse, equitable and inclusive, with an innovative multicultural curriculum,” Lynn says. “We are working hard to create a culture of belonging in the middle school. We know students are more academically successful, motivated and engaged when they feel connected to their peers and adults in the community. Our goal as a middle school is to continue to provide young people with opportunities to develop and practice the skills necessary to build relationship, understanding, and empathy.”
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