Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Clark - Middle/Upper School Spanish Teacher

Mrs. Clark states that one of her favorite things about Woodlynde is that there is no one way to learn--everyone is different and Woodlynde is a beautiful example of what education can and should look like for students!

Teacher Spotlight: Jess Clark, Middle/Upper School Spanish Teacher

Years at Woodlynde: 5 years

What I Have Learned From My Students:
  • I have learned so much about myself since I started at Woodlynde, thanks to the students. They have taught me about perseverance, even in the face of difficulty.

  • I’ve learned that being myself in the classroom and encouraging the students to do the same consistently produces the best relationships.

  • What I love about our students is that they each bring so many wonderful backgrounds and stories that enrich our classrooms and my own teaching. My students and I enjoy laughing together and learning at the same time – there is never a dull moment.

Some Things About Me:
  • I used to be terrified to stand up in front of a group of people – now I do it every day! I took some education courses, discovered I enjoyed teaching, and then went on for my Master’s Degree in Multicultural Education.

  • I have a variety of learning styles in each classroom, so I provide hands-on learning opportunities; listening and visual activities; and small group, partnered, and individual work.

  • I am one of the Girls Varsity Lacrosse coaches, serve as the L.E.A.D. Service Brigade coordinator for grades 6-12, and help chaperone our L.E.A.D. Outdoor Club trips whenever possible.

  • I am also on the school’s Diversity Committee; I feel very strongly about fair treatment for all people, and I want to be a part of Woodlynde’s commitment to the same.

  • I am a very hands-on, active person, which I believe is reflected in the way that I teach. I really enjoy creating lessons that allow my students to get up and move, while still providing ample opportunities for learning.

  • I love to spend time with my children exploring outside, going on trips to the Please Touch Museum, swimming in the summer, and visiting our family.

  • I enjoy reading, hiking, running, and visiting thrift shops/flea markets in the hopes of finding new treasures for my home.

Some of My Favorite Things about Woodlynde:
  • I love the faculty – they are one of a kind. It is so refreshing to work in such a supportive environment.

  • I love the flexibility to be able to teach to the student.

  • There is no one way to learn – everyone is different, and Woodlynde is a beautiful example of what education can and should look like for everyone.
Woodlynde School is a private, co-ed college prep day school located in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that serves intelligent, talented students with learning differences in grades K - 12. Woodlynde provides a comprehensive, evidence-based Kindergartenelementarymiddle and high school program in a challenging yet nurturing environment for students with average to above average cognitive abilities (IQ) who have language- or math-based learning differences (such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or Dyscalculia), Executive Function Challenges, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Auditory Processing Disorder. Even for those students without a diagnosed learning disability (LD), Woodlynde offers expert and caring teachers in small classroom settings that support academic success. Woodlynde School also offers a post-graduate (PG) program in partnership with Rosemont College as well as a regional Summer Camp for students who learn differently.