Learning Specialists

Allison Bragan

Allison Bragan

Grade 1 Learning Specialist
Igniting a spark in my students that leads to increased excitement, motivation, and engagement in the classroom is one of my primary goals. This engagement, coupled with developmentally-appropriate instruction that is tailored to students' unique strengths and needs, bolsters their confidence and accelerates their academic progress.
Julie Brungard

Julie Brungard

Grade 3 Learning Specialist
I believe all children can learn and reach their full potential with the help of a curious mind, the perseverance to strive when work gets hard, and the support of an inspirational teacher.
Leah Corradi

Leah Corradi

US Learning Specialist
I strive to create a safe and consistent learning environment in which every child can find success. By equipping students with strong foundation skills and self-confidence, I hope to enable them not only to wonder and ask questions about the world around them, but to find the answers to those questions as well.
Ellen Cremer

Ellen Cremer

Learning Specialist/Director of Upper School Resources
Mary Beth James

Mary Beth James

Grade 3 Learning Specialist

"As teachers, how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." Adapted from Annie Dillard

Madeline Peck

Madeline Peck

Grade 2 Learning Specialist

The best learning can occur when the teacher has an understanding of the whole student—background, motivations, and strengths. My hope is for the classroom to be a place where students can think creatively, take risks, experiment, feel challenged, and reflect. The best teaching encourages students to learn through a variety of methods that allow them to recognize their potential, inspiring lifelong enjoyment of learning.

Nadia Smith

Nadia Smith

Lower School Learning Specialist

"Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or a duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift." - Kate DiCamillo

Alyx Voytilla

Alyx Voytilla

US Learning Specialist

I strive to consider the unique learning profile of each student in order to best support each of my students in their academic work. I believe that encouraging students to become more self-aware and to understand their own strengths and growing edges as learners is one of the most valuable skills I can help them develop.

Hilary Wharton

Hilary Wharton

Grade 2 Learning Specialist

I believe in meeting each of my students where they are, academically and emotionally. My job is to design instruction that meets the individual needs of students and to provide the necessary support, scaffolding, and modeling, followed by the opportunity to practice and apply what they have learned, in an environment where children feel safe enough to make mistakes and take risks. That is when the real learning happens.

Kristen Wilkins

Kristen Wilkins

US Learning Specialist

"What if I fall?" "Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?" - Erin Hanson.
Encouraging my students to take academic risks and to reflect honestly is the greatest lesson I could ever teach them.

Anne Yockel

Anne Yockel

Grade 1 Learning Specialist

I strive to provide students with relevant, engaging instruction and activities that promote learning and build self-confidence.

In order to facilitate individualized learning, learning specialists at each grade level collaborate with classroom teachers, subject-area teachers, and parents to identify the most effective learning strategies and to implement instruction that ensures maximum academic success. This flexible approach allows teachers to differentiate instruction to meet the individual needs of children in the most productive way.

Strategies from the Learning Specialists

This week, St. Patrick's began its annual standardized tests. St. Patrick's only tests students three or four days out of every school year. It's good to make the most of these days by preparing.

Here are 10 suggestions from our skilled team of learning specialists to help students set themselves up for a great test day.

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Tackling Upper School Homework: St. Patrick's learning specialists offer 10 suggestions for parents and students navigating assignments. St. Patrick's learning specialists work in close coordination with homeroom teachers to support students and foster cognitive and academic growth.?

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