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Saint George’s welcomes new teachers and staff members for the 2021-22 school year.  They include:

Lauren Boubel is a Math teacher in the Upper School (grades 9-12) and will be head of the Math department.  She holds Math and Education degrees from the University of Washington and a masters from Portland State University.  Lauren previously taught at an International Baccalaureate school in Portland.  She also has experience as a professional chef and a bike repair shop manager. 

Katie Fitzpatrick is the Coordinator for the After-School Enrichment Club in the Lower School (grades K-5).  She is a student in the teacher education program at Whitworth University.  Katie loves working with children, and she brings a great deal of energy and enthusiasm into developing and supervising this active and enriching program.

Tracy Gonser is the School Registrar and Executive Assistant to the Head of School.  A current SGS parent and school volunteer, Tracy brings organizational experience from her work in the insurance industry.  She also will assist with School Development duties.

Daniel Johnson is the teacher for Economics, English, and Film in the Upper School.  He holds an undergraduate degree from Gonzaga University and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Montana State University.  Daniel has experience as an International Baccalaureate instructor, having lived in Uzbekistan, China, and Ecuador before serving as a long-term substitute at Saint George’s last year.

Ross Miller is teaching Physics in the Upper School.  Ross earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Physics from the University of Idaho.  He has experience implementing universal design-based curriculum so that students of all abilities and experiences are supported in learning science. His interests include helping students use their prior experiences to better understand magnets, momentum, and quantum physics.

Jess Miotke is the school’s 4th grade teacher.  She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Education from the University of Oregon.  Jess has extensive experience teaching elementary students, much of it overseas in schools offering the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme.  She has held numerous leadership and training positions on top of her teaching duties.

Cynthia Kirkman Romoff is the Lower School Music teacher, specializing in voice and performance.  She earned a B.A. from Whitworth University in Theatre and Music and did her graduate studies at the University of Denver in Voice and Opera.  Cynthia, a Saint George’s alumna, has an eclectic and extensive work history, from teaching in schools to singing opera.  Her son Max will join the 9th grade class at SGS this fall.

Morgan Russell is the Spanish teacher for grades 6 and 7 in the Middle School.  He holds a degree in Spanish Language & Literature from Whitworth University.  Morgan has studied in Spain and Guatemala and travelled in a variety of Spanish-speaking countries.  He also enjoys travel, backpacking, and caving. 

Claire Tau is teaching Spanish in the Middle and Upper Schools and for International Baccalaureate classes.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language & Literature and a master’s in Special Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she also earned Nevada state K-12 certification in Spanish.  Claire helped a school in Las Vegas develop a middle school Spanish program in the process of becoming an International Baccalaureate candidate school.  Claire is an outdoor enthusiast, and her two daughters will join SGS for grades 1 and 3.

Pedro Tomazzelli is the Lower School Spanish teacher.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Whitworth University, where he recently finished his master’s in Education degree.  A native of Brazil, Pedro is trained in second-language acquisition strategies, is fluent in three languages, and has classroom experience in both Deer Park and Mead school districts.

Jack Wren is a Math teacher in the Upper School.   He holds degrees in Math and in Education from the University of Virginia.  Jack’s experience includes leading student chess camps and being a successful cross country runner, a sport he will help coach at SGS.

From left to right in the photo above, they are Pedro, Cynthia, Jack, Ross, Lauren, Morgan, Tracy, Daniel, and Jess.  Please welcome each of these new Dragons!

Saint George's Head of Upper School, Francesca Mulazzi, Ed.D, travelled to Red Lodge, Montana in July for the first "Sidecar Summit" of women leaders in international preK-12 education.  She joined educators from  Bolivia, Colombia, Jordan, Romania, The Netherlands and all four time zones of the U.S.  They gathered to acknowledge the challenges of educational leadership in the era of COVID; recognize that the leadership landscape is at an inflection point for change; and brainstorm how this landscape can be ‘womanized’ so that school leaders (of all genders), their teams, and the school communities they serve can truly thrive.

"Sidecar Summit was the highlight of my summer and I look forward to attending next year, where ever we might land," says Francesca.  "I will never again underestimate the power of gathering face to face."  Read More about this inaugural summit in the mountains of Montana. 

John DeForest (Class of 2021) earned perfect scores on two of his International Baccalaureate subject exams, placing him in the top 17% of all IB students worldwide.  He scored sevens on the Biology and Chemistry exams, his two favorite classes, and a total of 40 out of 45 possible points in the IB exams.  He is continuing his interest in those fields this summer through an internship with the Woodwell Climate Research Center in Falmouth, MA.  Read the July 29 Article in the Spokesman to learn about the research projects he pursued at SGS and why he will be attending Dartmouth College this fall.

 

IB Jokes (for your enjoyment):

"After IB Physics, I will throw a textbook off a cliff… and calculate the momentum when it hits the ground."

TOK:  "Dogs like peanut butter.  I like peanut butter.  Therefore, I am a dog…do dogs even know they like peanut butter?  Do I know that they know? What do I even know…?"

"Chemistry pick up line: I got my ion you <33"

"IB problems are real. The only long term relationship you have is with your Extended Essay."

"Now I understand why 42 is the answer to life!!" (42 is the max points you can receive for each of the 6 courses)

"Students have almost finished the IB program, but still use google to spell “baccalaureate” correctly."

CAS Experience Highlights: CAS experiences for all of our Upper School students (in the US and in China) include running for ASB office, passing out ribbons for Day of Silence, painting flowers, taking a mindfulness walk around campus, being an assistant soccer coach, setting up and facilitating Casino Night, participating in the photography overnight.

IB Overview:  The Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum for grades 11-12 is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) and the Extended Essay (EE).  Please refer to our IB webpage and to the IB Resources page in PowerSchool Learning for detailed IB information.  

After raising butterflies in their classroom, the Kindergarten class wore their own butterfly wings as they carried the butterflies out to Graduation Lawn.  See a Photo Gallery of the "big" butterflies releasing their little friends on June 4.

Several weeks after the 4th graders had left bags of leaves in the Little Spokane River, they collected their bags and looked for macroinvertibrates (bugs!) that they could identify. Different species indicate whether the river is healthy or not.  See a Photo Gallery of them discovering all kinds of tiny critters!

The 5th graders designed containers and parachutes to protect their fresh eggs, then they dropped them onto the LS playground!  See this Photo Gallery to find out which survived with the least damage!  

The 7th graders built model rockets and then shot them skyward over the soccer field on June 2nd.  See a Photo Gallery of the takeoffs (some were fast, some were duds) and the landings (some were soft and some were not)!

The Middle School students each completed a Genius Hour project this spring -- learning a new skill, working on a big project, or creating anything from video games to athletic shoes!  They got to share, with students in-person and with family members via live stream, what they attempted, what worked, what didn't, and what they learned from it all.  See a Photo Gallery of some of the presenters.  And here are links to the presentations on May 24th, each about an hour long, from the 10 different groups of students:

Group 1, presented by Esther & Sarah, Colton, Kaden, Bryson, Regan & Jake, Bella, Sophie, and Andrew;
Group 2, presented by Ava, Robert, Britta, Berkley, Michael, Remmy, Natalie & Alessandra, and Joaquin;
Group 3, presented by Ian R., emily, Liam, Brady, Isa, Lindsey, Gannon, and Joe;
Group 4, presented by Simon, Braeden, Thomas, Bailey, Colin, Maya & Sarah, Ian Rizvi, and Gemma;
Group 5, presented by Kaylee, Megan, Bryson & Vihaan, Alisha, Maggie, Jillian, Audra, and Preston;
Group 6, presented by Savvy, Liam, Sam, Shawn & Mason, Max, Joey, and Josie;
Group 7, presented by Delaney & Hadley, Abi, Ellie, Iz, Sophia, Ashley, Grace, and Riley & Kylie;
Group 8, presented by Alex & Lillian, Everett, Hrair & Finn & Will, Thatcher, Oliver, Adrian, and Fallon;
Group 9, presented by Elsa, Janie, Dexter, Vivianne, Jordan, Julianne, Sophia, and Audrey;
Group 10, presented by Carsyn, Katie, Matt & Matt & Per, Edie, Xuxa, Dua, Bella, Gavin, and Ryan.

The May Term Epic Games class played a number of different role playing, strategic, and just plain fun games in the Library.  See a Photo Gallery of their class as they worked on strategies and engaged in spirited competitions!


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