Shauna Fitzmahan puts the "international" in International Baccalaureate — she's lived on four different continents! As the Head of Upper School Social Studies and a passionate Theory of Knowledge (TOK) teacher, Ms. Fitzmahan illuminates for students that learning can often bring more questions than answers. We sat down with her to discover more about her experiences and how TOK connects the classroom to the greater world.
Faculty in the Spotlight
Our expert Upper School faculty members are dedicated to cultivating the spark of genius in every child. Get to know a few and read their stories.
Heidi Rubenstein-Brethel is busy! She serves as the Dean of Ninth Grade, Head of Physical Health Education, and coaches two Varsity teams — Girls Soccer and Boys Rugby, which she founded.
We sat down with Mr. Kigel to learn more about his deep pedagogical understanding of learning styles and differences, and how he leverages that know-how to ignite Quest students' sparks of genius.
As Dean of Eleventh Grade and an Upper School IB visual arts teacher, Ellen Sayers uses her creative spark to help guide students to reach their goals, connect with one another, and be their best selves.
A member of the Dwight community for 13 years, Eric Dale taught IB English and served as twelfth grade dean before becoming Head of Upper School in 2013.
As Dean of Tenth Grade and the Director of Athletics, Michael Horvath guides students to strive for excellence in the classroom, throughout their work on the immersive MYP Personal Project, and in their athletic endeavors as scholar-athletes.
The bedrock of any Dwight classroom is inquiry-based learning. For Head of our Science Department, Barry Gragg, teaching is all about sparking creative inquiry and facilitating collaborative learning among students of all ages.
Nicole Hamilton is committed to helping students achieve their highest potential by crafting a personalized approach to teaching math for every learner.
Behind the wheel, driving our ongoing mission to embrace personalized learning and innovation is Matt Moran.