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Pam Deringer

Jan 09, 2017 03:23PM ● By Cate Reynolds

Pam Deringer

Kent School, Chestertown

Years teaching at Kent: 22

Currently teaching: K–4th grade Technology, Science/Chesapeake Bay Studies

Proudest teaching moment: “I don’t believe I can pin down a single proudest moment! Each year I swell with pride while observing my students demonstrate their knowledge and awareness of the Chesapeake Bay watershed during a three-day culminating field experience. I am in awe of the knowledge they have gained and their emerging sense of stewardship towards the environment.”

Teaching philosophy: “I believe in using a multi-disciplinary approach to learning in order to facilitate students in making connections to the real world. In my opinion, nothing is truly learned in isolation. As a science teacher, I love using the environment as a context for integration where students have a platform for tremendous skill development.”

Toughest challenge facing educators: “Meeting the needs of each individual child is a huge challenge. I believe that by building rich experiences across the curriculum with a focus or theme in my subject areas allow each child to succeed in a variety of ways.”

Pam is a passionate educator who never tires of bringing her classroom to life through hands-on science. Pam teaches Lower School Science and Lower School Technology. In her role, she has successfully introduced inquiry-based lab science to children in Kindergarten through Fourth Grade. She has gained national recognition for her innovative Bay Studies Program. She is a frequent collaborator with the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Sultana Education Foundation and Center for Environment, and Society at Washington College. Pam is just one of the star teachers here whose excellence as an educator helps us create a successful, joyful learning environment.” —Nancy Mugele, Head of School

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