Kevin Corcy

 

At WES Since: 2019

What motivated you to become a teacher?
I always knew I liked languages and teaching. When I realized that it makes me feel proud when someone is speaking my language, it was a natural choice to teach French to foreigners.

What is the best book you have ever read?
I have never been a big reader, but when I read Candide (by Voltaire) in high school, I loved the book. It was interesting, about travelling, meeting different people, and already discussing about differences and prejudices society has (or had at that time). Everything is written with a satirical touch which made it even more enjoyable.

Bio:
I am a native Parisian who has been in the DC area for the past 5 years. I have over 8 years of experience teaching French to students of all ages and levels. I have a Master’s Degree in Teaching French as a Foreign Language (FLE) from La Sorbonne Université in Paris. I am passionate about sharing my culture and getting students excited about learning French. My teaching style involves creating a dynamic, interactive environment in which students feel engaged and confident. I love sports, especially American football (go Ravens!) and soccer, and I have experience playing and coaching both. I enjoy travelling, experiencing new cultures, and cooking (mostly eating). I am so happy to be part of the WES community!

Kristin Cuddihy

 

At WES Since: 2019

What is your philosophy on teaching?
One of the reasons that I am here at WES is our school’s focus on kindness, confidence, and preparation. These three traits will enable a child to thrive both academically and personally. I am proud to be at WES, where we hold these traits up and work towards instilling them n our students every day.

If you could talk to any living person now, who would it be and why? 
I would love to meet our First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden. Dr. Biden’s presence in the White House, as both a teacher and First Lady, is an incredible opportunity for all educators, as I believe that she will help to raise up the platform of education and spotlight the incredible work that all educators are doing every day.

Bio: 
I grew up in Brooklyn, New York and since then have lived in Philadelphia as well as here in Maryland for the last 20 years. I married my high school sweetheart and have two fabulous children. I graduated college with a degree in Art History and wanted to work for MTV more than anything (it was the 80s!) But marriage and family led me to pursue teaching. A career middle-school teacher, I cannot imagine being with any other group of students. I enjoyed teaching and leading students so much that I became an Academic Dean, then a Dean of Students, and now am a Middle School Director. I am so grateful every day to be with people I love to work with – both students and faculty!

Amy Davies

 

At WES Since: 2016

What is your philosophy on teaching?
I am passionate about nurturing lifelong learners by cultivating curiosity, encouraging teamwork, instilling a culture of thinking, and inspiring joy. Problems are simply puzzles to be solved. I teach to the whole child.

What is one of your goals as a teacher?
To provide a safe space for students to share their thinking freely, embrace mistakes, develop their identity, laugh, and self-reflect.

One of my favorite student quotes this year:
My brain just gave me an idea!

Bio:
I became a teacher because I love to learn. While at WES, I landed in the sweet spot of second grade. Most recently, I have taken to heart my role to prepare students, and their families, for an uncertain world. To that end, I believe that skills such as flexible thinking, creativity, and growth mindset are vital to the classroom experience.

My educational background includes a B.A. from the University of Michigan, B.F.A. from The Corcoran School of Art, and M.S. from Johns Hopkins University. When I’m not at WES you can find me at the National Zoo supporting its conservation mission, hiking Rock Creek Park, exploring art, and playing games with my family and friends.

 

Jeanna DiCarlo

 

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?
Homegoing.

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.”

Bio:
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.

Alexis Doyle

 

At WES Since: 2018

What motivated you to become a teacher?
I became a teacher because I had so many incredible teachers growing up, who inspired me to work hard and be the best person I can be. I knew from as young as second grade that I wanted to give back to the children of the future just like my teachers did for me. I wanted to inspire and help shape the minds of the future generations.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
The best piece of advice I have ever been given is from my colleague Anita Gallagher (a Grade 4 WES teacher). In the 2016 WES magazine she wrote, “Go for your dreams and take that risk, you never know where you might land!” Reading that quote as a college student inspired me to work hard toward my goal of becoming a WES teacher. With that advice in mind, I was able to do my student teaching spring 2018 here at WES, and then was hired as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher that June.

Bio:
I was born and raised in Potomac, Maryland. I have a mom, dad, younger brother, and pet dog named Dax. I attended WES from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8, and some of my fondest memories and friends have come out of those 10 years. My co-teacher, Katie Rothwell, and I work together on planning and implementing lessons for our students, as well as sending out weekly communications to parents on what is happening in the classroom. Additionally, for the 20-21 school year I was the lead teacher for the Pre-K Virtual Learners. I was in charge of planning, creating, and implementing lessons for small groups of virtual learners. When I’m not teaching, I love reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Caterina Earle

 

At WES Since: 1995

What motivated you to become a teacher?
I always loved school and learning. Even as a student, I delighted in helping classmates figure out ways to better understand what we were studying. I started tutoring younger students when I was in high school and then was a teaching assistant in college. I loved the challenge of developing methods for explaining concepts clearly and efficiently, and that reached different people with different learning styles. Plus, I grew up in a family that is enthusiastic about science and the natural world, so it seemed natural to pass along that enthusiasm to others.

If you could talk to any living person now, who would it be and why?
The British naturalist/biologist Sir David Attenborough -– for me, he embodies the spirit of wonder and appreciation for the natural world. He eloquently communicates the responsibility we humans have to be good stewards of this planet. I would be especially eager to hear his opinions on the best strategies for supporting endangered species and ecosystems.

Bio:
I am Italian, born in Rome and arriving in the US as a little girl. I grew up locally, attended Georgetown University, and have been teaching Middle School science ever since. Besides teaching science, I enjoy hiking, gardening, and films, and I am a certified Irish dance instructor. Most of all, I love spending time with my family, especially my husband and our two sons and their wives.

Awards:
2014 Bethesda Magazine‘s Top Teachers in Bethesda, MD