Welcome to the TTC Newsletter!
Issue 1 | Fall 2017
Greetings from Desir é e Ivey
Executive Director of Teacher Training

Last week, author Matt de la Peña spent time discussing his inspiration for writing books like Mexican WhiteBoy The Living, and  Last Stop on Market Street with apprentices in TTC '18. He credits Miss Blizzard, a substitute teacher in high school, as the person who encouraged him to consider something other than basketball as his ticket to a college education. Instead of giving him a test, she handed him a few sheets of blank paper. He wondered why. She said, “You're a good writer. I want to see what you can write if I gave you two hours to do nothing but write.” And write he did. When asked by Kim Parker what advice he would give new teachers, La Peña said, "Have pedagogical humility. Know what you don't know. And be humble enough to recognize it." I believe that graduates of Shady Hill's TTC also know that it is equally important to know yourself and to know your students. Miss Blizzard saw La Peña’s gift, removed some barriers, and enabled his light to shine. I trust that in your first or 16th year of teaching and leading, you are removing the barriers that stand between the child and his gifts. 

I’m pleased to present the Fall TTC Inbox to update you on what’s been happening in the TTC program and to encourage you to connect with us in the upcoming months. As always, don’t hesitate to be in touch to share any updates with us. We always love hearing from you.
Meet the Class of 2018
Shady Hill welcomed 16 apprentices in September. These incredible future teachers are already off to a rousing start!

Back Row (L-R):   August Polstein, W ani Qui, Elena Pereira, Maggie Rosenbaum, Gigi Luckett, Lilly Benha m, Matt de La Peña, Kim Parker, Sophie Crafts, Shannon Boudett, Anna Allen, Laura Cappio, Hanh Cho Front Row: Carolyn Flax, Julie Perry, Maureen Finnigan, Sara Abramson, Max Utter, Antonio Humphrey
New Faces in the TTC
We are excited to welcome Dr. Kim Parker and Hanh Cho to the TTC. Kim Parker, PhD joined the team this fall as Program Supervisor. With more than 17 years of teaching experience in Boston, Newton, and Cambridge public schools, she is poised to lead and mentor an impressive cohort of apprentices in the TTC Class of ’18. Kim will lead a literacy institute in January 2018 and teach an English curriculum course for Lesley University.

Hanh Cho formerly taught in the Boston Public Schools and joined Shady Hill as our new Lower School Math Coordinator and TTC Program Supervisor. She co-teaches the elementary math course with Tom Harding and is an adjunct faculty member at Lesley University. Hanh also supervises two apprentices.
Appeal from Alum Impacted by
Hurricane Maria

Kelsey Hill ’17 , teacher at Good Hope Country Day School in St. Croix, Virgin Islands writes: It's been a wonderful experience so far in St. Croix. Even amidst the tragedy, the community has come together in a very special way. The people in St. Croix are the most generous people I have ever met and when Irma hit, the other islands got it way worse. So we sent aid and our supplies to them not knowing that Maria was about to strike. Thus, we are going to need all the help we can get to clean up and rebuild since no other Caribbean islands can help since they are also doing the same. It would be so wonderful if you could help donate to the fund I started. I am going to buy supplies stateside and pack up an abundance of suitcases with them to bring back. So far I have heard that the school is still standing, but is in pretty rough shape.

Kim Conrad, TTC '17, will interview alums and feature stories about their experiences in education on our SHS website and in future articles. If you are interested in speaking with her about the work you are doing, please email  kimberlyconrad@gmail.com
On November 5th, TTC alums and current apprentices gathered for our first Alumni Book Brunch! Attendees were joined by author Carla Shalaby for a discussion of her book Troublemakers: Lessons in Freedom from Young Children at School . In her debut book, Shalaby explores the everyday lives of four young “troublemakers,” challenging the ways we identify and understand so-called "problem" children. 

Join us for our next Alumni Book Brunch in January 2018. Keep an eye out for an email with more details as we get closer to the date.
Know a great potential teacher? Encourage them to apply to the TTC !
  • Round 1 applications due: November 21
  • Round 2 applications due: January 26
  • Round 3 applications due: March 15

Know college seniors or recent graduates who are men of color and would like to learn about classroom teaching? Tell them about the Future Teachers Institute (Jan. 17-19).
  • Application due: December 11
Attending the NAIS People of Color Conference (Nov. 30 - Dec. 2)? Join Kim Parker, Program Supervisor, James Greenwood, Director of Inclusion and Multicultural Practice, an d other TTC alumni in Anaheim for a gathering on December 1.

Shady Hill will be hosting this year's Educators of Color Conference on March 23 and 24 . If yo u're interested in attending or helping out, please contact Kim Parker .
TTC Class of 2017, you're teachers! We hope you are feeling confident and well prepared as you launch your first year of teaching with your students, whether you are teaching in Wisconsin, Colorado, or Massachusetts (as some of you are). We bet your toolkit is full of creative strategies for creating a safe and welcoming community for your students. Share stories and pictures from your classroom as well as your amazing community-building ideas with us. 
Updates to Share?
We love hearing from you! Please take a moment to complete the Alumni Survey (if you haven’t already done so) or to drop us a line with any news or updates. 
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