- Faculty Spotlight
When teachers are able to pursue their academic passions, students also reap rewards.
A Marlborough teacher is one who pushes, encourages, and supports students while also modeling curiosity and a commitment to lifelong learning. Thanks to our community's strong belief in the important role our educations play in developing future female leaders, there is no shortage of resources available to help ensure they have the tools and support to be educational leaders.
The Anne-Marie Jenks Endowment Fund
Following 45 years of inspirational teaching, the Marlborough Board of Trustees honored Anne-Marie Jenks on her retirement by establishing the Anne-Marie Jenks Excellence in Teaching Award. Since 2013 the award has been given annually to provide a member of the faculty with the opportunity for professional growth and renewal, including international travel that was so valued by Mrs. Jenks.
The award is offered to one faculty member each year, and Science Instructor Nicole Collier was the most recent recipient, using the funds to explore the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard.
Nicole Collier: Svalbard
“As someone who has spent a significant amount of her academic career learning in the field, the Anne-Marie Jenks grant was extremely appealing to me. I wanted to have the opportunity to explore an area I was beginning to know—the Arctic—more deeply, and to do so through my own independent learning. I learn best in expeditionary settings, and knew the Anne-Marie Jenks award would allow me to do just that. It is amazing that Marlborough values these international professional development experiences for their faculty, and this experience would not have been possible without the grant.
Traveling by sailboat at 80 degrees latitude reinforces two major components of education: patience and flexibility. This experience required me to be self-motivated to explore my own curiosity. I think about this often with my students. When we can incorporate opportunities that make them excited, learning no longer feels like an obligation. In my case, my personal learning was inspired despite unfavorable seas and cold weather.
Despite the hecticness of their adolescence, analogous to challenging conditions in Svalbard, I want my students to be excited about learning, and to approach their learning in ways to inspire them. I hope my time in Svalbard serves as a model for them in practicing what I preach.
I have already shared my travels to Svalbard with students and colleagues on many occasions. When we're talking about changes in the Earth over time, I mention finding fossilized wood in a glacial moraine. When we're discussing impacts of climate change, or just grasping the scope of the world, I remind those around me how a place so far away can seem so close.”
Senior Parent Gift
The Senior Parent Gift for Faculty Development provides faculty with the opportunity for professional growth and renewal. This award is a way for parents of seniors to say thank you to the faculty for all of the support they have given to their daughters during their time at Marlborough. Last year, seven teachers were able to explore educational enrichment and experience playing the role of student, including Science Instructor Dr. Khanichi Charles and Dean of Digital Education and Associate Director of Academic Technology Shauna Callahan.
Khanichi Charles: Collaborative Women Rising Workshop
“I have always wanted to find a way to make my mark on this community but couldn’t quite figure out what part of myself was significant or unlike any other of our community’s facets. To answer this, I needed focused time to reflect on who I was, professionally, and Women Rising offered a space to explore my identity.
Through the workshop, I was reminded of the experiences that most significantly shaped how I view education. In my reflection, I found that I felt the most valued in spaces where mentorship was encouraged. Teaching, leading, community building...for me, it’s all about mentoring.
I felt so incredibly supported by this group of Women Risers. We all helped each other unlock pieces of our potential that we had tucked away for different reasons. So many of us are now contributing to our school communities in bold new ways. It’s a testament to the power of women supporting women and mirrors what Marlborough students do for each other in their classrooms every day. I am so grateful to the Senior Parent Fund for supporting this journey.”
Shauna Callahan: Collaborative Women Rising Workshop
“The Collaborative Women Rising Workshop excited me because of the potential (and actual) connection and exposure to diverse women in education around Los Angeles. During the workshop, we practiced the power of voice, advocacy, and dynamics in leadership and leadership styles. Building relationships and learning about the real-life experiences of female colleagues expanded my thought processes and responses to challenges. Additionally, the work we did together strengthened my confidence to tackle projects and change that I believe in.
Because of Women Rising, I revised and updated the curriculum for Digital Citizenship to include more opportunities for students to connect with peers and community and lead in a variety of ways. I also work with a teaching team and strive to integrate practices and mindsets from Women Rising into our work.”
The Mildred E. Mudd Endowment Fund
The Mildred E. Mudd Endowment Fund was established in 1987 by the directors of the Mildred E. and Harvey S. Mudd Foundation in memory of Mildred E. Mudd, whose granddaughters and great-granddaughters attended Marlborough. The fund’s income is used for grants for faculty to attend workshops, conferences, seminars, and to pursue advanced degree work in their respective fields.
Visual Arts Department Head Chelsea Dean and Interim Head Athletic Trainer Chloe Kipnis, along with five other faculty members, were awarded professional growth opportunities through this fund last year.
Chelsea Dean: Kipaipai Program
“I am a passionate and dedicated artist who is eager to gain insights on how to push my art career forward. As a full-time teacher, artist, and mom, time has become my greatest commodity, and I felt certain that the Kipaipai Program, a concentrated two-day artist retreat workshop, would be exactly what I needed to redirect my priorities.
My time spent with the art professionals (writers/critics/curators) and other participants at Kipaipai has led to several wonderful opportunities, including an offer to exhibit my work at a museum, an invitation to participate in a collaborative artist residency program, studio visits, and many wonderful personal and professional connections.
The skills and topics covered at Kipaipai translate in a variety of ways within my teaching/interaction with students, most notably with those interested in pursuing art beyond Marlborough. The connections I made during this special program also filter into our gallery programming, as well as classroom visits/lectures/ demonstrations by working professionals. Without the Mildred E. Mudd Endowment Fund, I would not have been able to shoulder the cost of the program or the travel expenses. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity.”
Chloe Kipnis: Far West Athletic Trainers' Association
“I’ve attended the FWATA Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium for the past six years. What attracts me to this conference is how it brings together athletic trainers from our district of California, Nevada, and Hawaii for continued education, networking, and research collaboration. The reason I keep going back to this conference year after year is the quality of presentations offered in the clinical symposium, which are always up to date with the latest research and advancements in the athletic training practice.
There were two separate presentations that really stood out to me this year. The first was related to exertional heat illness and care for athletes suffering from heat stroke. The second was about lumbopelvic pain and how athletic trainers need to look at the body as a whole when treating low back and hip injuries. This helped advance my practice by changing my approach when doing an evaluation on an athlete and making sure I don’t neglect joints above and below the injury when making a clinical decision.
Since the conference was in Las Vegas, I was able to see some of my former UNLV students. It’s very rewarding to see both current students and those who have graduated, become certified, and are now excelling in their own athletic training professions. I was also able to reconnect with mentors and former classmates who were direct contributors to my development as an athletic trainer. My attendance at FWATA would not have been possible without Marlborough’s funding.”
If you’re interested in making a gift to a Marlborough Endowment Fund, please contact Heather Bullock at 323-964-8414. For more information about the Senior Parent Gift, please contact Karen Harwitt at 323-964-8411.
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