Heather Duncan, 2018 Fellow
South Shore Fine Arts Academy| Chicago, IL
Heather believes it is critical to expose students to the world beyond their daily experience through art, theater, music, and books. She is keenly aware that research has demonstrated children with an understanding of other cultures fare better in school and life than those who only know their own stories. With this in mind, she seeks to create rich cultural experiences for her students. She believes that “whole” people learn better. Relationship building through social-emotional learning, learning through authenticity and remaining true to oneself are core elements of her approach to teaching. She emphasizes positive conflict resolution and identifying and managing emotions as the foundation for her learners to coexist productively. The development of a student’s independence and self-reliance is a primary goal of Heather’s teaching. She is known in her school for her efforts to connect with families of her students and the local community. Heather earned National Board Certification and currently is working on her Ph.D. As a result of her achievement in the classroom, other educational organizations also recognized her with accolades, including the America Achieves National Fellowship For Teachers And Principals Cohort 3, the Danielson Framework for Teaching Early Childhood adaptation team and the Chicago Foundation For Education Action Research Leadership Institute (ARLI) Fellow.
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