2nd Grade

Quaker Education

At the root of Quakerism is the idea that every person has a divine Inner Light and is equally deserving of love and respect.  We teach children to ask questions, to reason through answers, and to expect the very best from themselves, their classmates, and their teachers.

In the winter, we delve into an interdisciplinary study of light, in both the literal and figurative senses.  In science, children investigate what light is, what properties it has, and how it interacts with different materials.  In social studies, they learn about the many ways cultures use light to celebrate life in the darkest months of the year.  And of course, we also have rich discussions about ‘Inner Light,’ that ineffable something that makes us each unique and valuable, and write in our journals about what makes our classmates special, and when we have observed their Inner Light shining brightly.

Second graders attend weekly Meeting for Worship with the rest of lower school, learning to calm their minds and bodies for an age-appropriate period of silent reflection.  At several all-school Meetings for Worship, they demonstrate that they can be as still and silent as the ‘big kids’ (and sometimes even more so).

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Faith & Play

See how Faith & Play stories illuminate Quaker values

In our lower school, Director of Friends Education Galen McNemar Hamann uses Quaker Faith & Play stories as a means to help students better understand Quaker beliefs and history.

Faculty

Michele Evans

Lower School Second Grade

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Michele Evans

University of New Hampshire – B.S.
Rhode Island College – M.A.T.

David Santarpia

Lower School Second Grade

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David Santarpia

Providence College – B.A.
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth – Elementary Teacher Certification

Barbara von Salis

Director of Friends Education

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Barbara von Salis

Smith College – B.A.
Hunter College – M.A.

Simone Ahlborn

Lower School Spanish

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Simone Ahlborn

Universidad de Barcelona
Brown University – A.B.
Georgetown University and California State University – M.A.

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