Our Faculty

Jeanna DiCarlo

Grade 3 Teacher


At WES Since: 2020

What is your teaching philosophy?
As a teacher, I want to facilitate children living in the moment, thus my teaching philosophy is grounded in three main ideas:

  • each child’s approach to learning is individualized;
  • children need to be taught within their own relevant context through authentic hands-on experiences; and
  • teachers initiate powerful and lasting understanding while also learning from children through actively listening to and the art of questioning children.

What is one of your goals as a teacher?
For every child to feel known, valued, respected, heard, and challenged not only as a student, but also as a whole individual with over ‘100 languages’ to share.

What is the best book you have ever read?

Best student quote from the 20-21 year:
“Ms. DiCarlo, if we have a ‘Fun Facts’ section in our Animal Book, shouldn’t we have a ‘Sad Facts’ one too?”

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
“A Leopard doesn’t change its spots.”

I am a graduate of the University of Vermont and Lesley University, where I received my Master of Education degree. I have over 18 years of independent school teaching and educational consulting experience locally in DC, Virginia and Maryland, as well as in Boston. Originally from Massachusetts, I have lived in the area since 2009 and reside in Alexandria with my partner, Dave, my two children (Bryn and London), our bearded dragon, two fish, and doggy, Tessa. I love cooking, playing board games, shoe-shopping, going to the beach, seeing movies, spending time in nature, and exploring the arts and tinkering with my two daughters.