Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Clark - Middle/Upper School Spanish Teacher
Clark states, 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 Kindergarten, elementary, middle 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 Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), 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.