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Kate Thomas

Second Grade
With two parents in the Air Force I grew up all over the United States and now call the Hancock House on campus home! 
I received a B.S. in Elementary Education with a Spanish Minor from Salem State. Shortly afterwards I completed a M.Ed in 21st Century Learning from Lesley University. I have spent time teaching Pre-K through 4th Grade. I am ready to start my Berwick journey where I will teach 2nd Grade as well as be a Dorm Parent in our residential program. When I am not at school you can find me at the beach, exploring with my two dogs, hosting a dance party or doing/teaching yoga!
2. Why do you enjoy teaching your grade level (homeroom teachers) or subject area (exploration teachers)?
I enjoy teaching second grade because the children’s curiosity is contagious! I love being able to to continue to foster the raw creativity and inquisitive minds of second graders.
3. How do you define great teaching?
A great teacher is someone who is empathetic, follows the lead of their students’  and makes a commitment to being a lifelong learner as well.
4. Describe your classroom in five words.
Safe, organized, collaborative, open, flexible
5. What do you like best about the Lower School?

I love the Lower School because of the sense of community. Students and teachers are well supported and encouraged to take risks, and try new things. There is also so much laughter and joy in the Lower School. It is a very special place!

Berwick Academy

Berwick Academy, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 600 students, Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Deeply committed to its mission of promoting virtue and useful knowledge, Berwick Academy empowers students to be creative and bold. Berwick strives to graduate alumni who shape their own learning, take risks, ask thoughtful questions, and come to understand and celebrate their authentic selves. Founded in 1791 and rooted in a tradition of college preparation, our culture of innovation prepares students for a complex and dynamic world.