King established Summer Sabbatical grants for faculty in 2006. These grants were established to provide funding to support teachers who wish to explore topics and ideas and to develop their knowledge and expertise in a manner that will positively impact the work that they do with students at King. These grants are intended to ease the financial commitment that is generally associated with this sort of summer enterprise.
Each year, King awards four one-time Summer Sabbatical grants in late May or early June, to be used for work that summer. Summer Sabbaticals can consist of a wide variety of activities but not limited to: traveling, quietly studying and reflecting at a remote location, reading books connected to a new course, participating in volunteer work, developing a web site to manage an entire course, interviewing experts, and conducting research.
The Patricia A. McDermott Faculty Summer Sabbatical Grant
The McDermott Faculty Summer Sabbatical Grant is the fourth and largest Sabbatical grant and represents the highest honor we bestow on a teacher. The Sabbatical grant is presented each year to a member of the Faculty who propose doing significant academic-related work that will enhance their professional development and their contributions to the classroom.
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Recent Summer Sabbatical Recipients
Margie traveled to Argentina to immerse herself in the country’s culture, language, and history. She spent significant time, in particular, learning more about “Los Desparecidos,” the victims of the 1979-1982 Dirty War as well as studying various authors including Jorge Luis Borges.
Neuvi traveled throughout South America exploring his own roots as well as learning more about the cultural and culinary delights of several of these countries. His experiences, with a focus on the diversity of ethnicities, religions, and languages will deepen his students’ understandings during their coursework.
Paola participated in a renewal retreat, “Self Realization Fellowship Convocation” in California. With an emphasis on mindfulness, Paola will bring such “centering” techniques to her academic and yoga classes.
Patrick traveled to Ireland to study Irish independence and nationalistic movements. In particular, his research regarding the “Troubles” looks closely at transformation of communal identity in Northern Ireland, and he will investigate the old and new murals associated with the Troubles. This experience will further his understandings for an elective course.
Jenna attended a wellness retreat in Arizona to reflect and renew. She focused on nutrition and eco-holistic therapy. This experience enabled Jenna time and opportunity to plan for the upcoming school year with a particular emphasis on developing the strategic plan for King’s Service Learning Program.
Shevon traveled to Venice, Italy to participate in the MOSE (Experimental Electromechanical Module) Project. This project focused on flood prevention as well as planning, design, and evaluation. This experience will further inform her PreK-5 science units with additional insight into meaningful engineering practices as well as problem-solving activities with regard to our region’s own challenges with flooding concerns.
Ran is the creator of “Environmental Ant,” the featured character for her children’s book, website, and comics. This cartoon character, which has been a part of her life for many years, will further educate our Lower School students about environmental issues through a collaborative effort with our Lower School teachers, Karen Raidt, and Frank Barros.
Katie traveled to the Netherlands to participate in the 125th anniversary celebration of Vincent Van Gogh’s life. In addition to studying Van Gogh, Katie will learn more about other great Dutch artists and further her own appreciation and understanding of the historical significance and artistic inspiration of these great artists.
Through coursework, travel, and research, Lee explored the spirit and meaning of mindfulness. Centered, in part, on the principles of medication, Lee is excited for to share strategies to help students, faculty, and staff further find balance and manage stress.
Michelle traveled to Hawaii to examine its unique ecosystems, rich biodiversity, marine habitats, and rainforests. In addition, Michelle studied the ongoing research devoted to biofuel and geothermal sources as well as the concerns associated with those organisms noted on the threatened and endangered lists.