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Thought Leaders in Education

We are fortunate to have among our faculty and staff numerous thought leaders on a variety of educational topics. We’d like to share their insight and experiences with our community. Enjoy!

List of 14 news stories.

  • Third graders stopped for a group photo during their tour of downtown Memphis.

    Hutchison’s Third Grade Goes Walking in Memphis

    by Hutchison Third Grade Teacher Maggie Haire
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  • Discovering Her Passion On the Field

    By Assistant Athletics Director Matt Nelson
    A couple of years ago, there was a bright-eyed girl who had never played golf in her life before 6th grade. She had a pretty natural swing, but it needed refining. Her coach taught her the game and gave her the tools to improve her swing; but more importantly, helped her develop an intense love of the game. This passion is what drove her to continue to improve her skills. She worked week after week, even while playing other sports. A year later she won the middle school league championship.
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  • 10 Ways to Promote a Culture of Literacy

    By Upper School Head Dr. Barry Gilmore
    If we could boil down all of the overwhelming challenges schools face in promoting literacy to a single disheartening statistic, it might be this: As students age from elementary school to high school, the majority of students who previously read frequently for enjoyment give up the practice (Scholastic, 2015). Simply put, as students grow up, they read less.
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  • Hutchison girls explored the National Archives in Washington, D.C., with teacher Ronnie Robinson.

    Developing Civic Literacy in the Upper School

    By Upper School History Department Chair Ronnie Robinson
    A half dozen seniors stand on one side of the room, ready to disagree with the statement a junior in Global Studies is about to make that clarifies the U.S. position on chemical weapons in Syria.

    She takes a deep breath and makes her case.
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  • A Simple Dot Opens Up a World of Possibilities

    By Pre-Kindergarten Teacher Missy Prewitt & Upper School Mathematics Teacher Molly Prewitt
    What can a simple dot teach us? For Hutchison’s upper school and early childhood girls… a lot, actually.
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  • Extending Her Learning Beyond the Classroom

    By Hutchison Leads Director Kathryn Jasper
    What do raptors, jail calls, and Andre the Giant have in common?
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  • Investing in Her Entrepreneurial Spirit

    By Hutchison Invests Director Kim Ware
    The atrium of Labry Hall buzzed with excitement as upper school girls spilled in after lunch to eagerly smell, feel, and test lip balms and body butters made by the co-founders of Hutch Honey.
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  • Fine Arts: A Path to Confidence & Self-Esteem

    By Fine Arts and Center for Excellence Director Tracey Zerwig Ford
    When the lights go up next weekend for Hutchison’s production of the musical Once on This Island, senior Madyson Bolton will take the stage in the lead role of Ti Moune. Once on This Island is a unique show driven by African-Caribbean music and French colonial culture. The show weaves a new myth from plot elements of The Little Mermaid and Romeo and Juliet with a Caribbean flair.
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  • Not Your Parents' P.E. Class

    By Crain Center Fitness Specialist Heather Jordan
    I waited a few seconds as my friend stared pensively into the distance, processing my explanation to his questions about my job. When I came back into his focus, he replied, “Gosh, I wish someone had asked me that question when I was in high school.”
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  • Navigating the College Selection Process

    By College Counseling Director Lauren Colpitts
    This is a busy time of year in the Hutchison college counseling office. As we prepare and send recommendation letters, transcripts, and work with girls as the application deadlines quickly approach, it is important to reflect on the relationships we build with each girl. Because of our one-on-one college counseling, we are able to vividly describe each girl in our letters of recommendation. Yet, our work does not start a few weeks before an application deadline; it starts years before. In fact, our relationship with each girl begins during her freshman year. This is the Hutchison difference.
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  • Building an Inclusive School Community

    by Inclusion Director Rachel Shankman
    "The best examples of inclusion take place in the classrooms as girls are learning how to become critical and independent thinkers equipped to engage in civil discourse."
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  • Learning in a Digital World

    By Upper School Fine Arts Teacher Nick Simpson
    Samantha Tancredi ’18 is troubled. Eyes squinting and brow furrowed, she stares into her computer screen at the rough draft of Signpost, Hutchison’s school newspaper.
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  • Alejandra works with upper school girls in one of her Spanish classes.

    Speaking a second language? ¡No hay problema!

    by Hutchison World Languages Chair Alejandra Lejwa
    Many years ago, I sat in my office anxiously waiting for a parent who had signed up to see me during parent-teacher conferences. This particular student was doing great — straight “A”s in my AP Spanish class, so her father’s visit puzzled me.
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  • The Team, L to R: Mary Riddle, horticulturist; Henry Hampton, facilities director; Elizabeth Austin; and Napoleon Logan and Carnell Benton, facilities staff.

    Solar Powered Girl Power

    by Hutchison Horticulturist Mary Riddle
    Have you ever been so bowled over by the brilliance of a teen that it leaves you speechless?
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    Student-Teacher Ratio
    Small classes provide personalized attention and engaged learning
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