For Friends School faculty, learning does not stop in the classroom or end when the school day is over. This year, a number of our teachers completed advanced degrees, challenging themselves to strengthen their teaching chops and explore new horizons. Below are just a few highlights of their hard work and dedication to both teaching and learning.
Just this month, TAs Tanya Cotom and Katy Hill received Masters in Education from the University of the Pacific (UOP) and the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute (BATTI). Katy will be pursuing a lead teaching position in the fall, and Tanya plans to continue her work as a second grade TA at Friends.
Middle School Humanities Teacher Beth Pollack also graduated from the BATTI/UOP program, completing an MA in Educational Leadership and Administration. Her plans include employing her leadership skills at Friends and looking for more leadership opportunities in the future.
Dance/Drama Teacher Hilary Palanza has spent the past year working on an MA in public policy at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, focusing particularly on how to support and advocate for the Arts. For her next project, she will be working on her long-held dream to develop and open the first ever interactive dance museum.
And a congratulations are also in order for lower school TA Gavin Odabashian, who was accepted into the BATTI program and follows in the footsteps of Tanya, Katy, and Beth.