Linda Kern-Pelzman has taught for three decades at the university and K-12 levels--at Harvard, Brown, Georgetown, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, and McLean. Currently, Dr. Peltzman collaborates across divisions with creative master teachers, learning specialists, and the Academic Program Department Team to support McLean’s transformative, individualized, small and nurturing classrooms. Drawing on a wide range of best practices from 21st century pedagogy, education neuroscience, and academic technology, they strive to make education accessible to a broad range of learners. In her previous role as math specialist and department chair, she worked closely with teachers and students to excite math curiosity, exploration, risk-taking, aha! moments, confidence and joy. She passionately believes that all students can be “good at math.”
Sarah Baxter, MEd
Lower and Middle School Math Specialist, McLean School
As McLean School’s K-8 Math Specialist, Sarah Baxter teaches, advises faculty, runs the Lower School Math Club and organizes a K-6 Math Night. In 2015, Ms. Baxter received a Using Math to Teach Mathematics Grant from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She received her MA in Elementary Education and Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University, and has taught and tutored math for ten years.
Middle School Math Teacher, McLean School
Robyn Wise teaches Pre-Algebra and Algebra I at McLean School. Ms. Wise entered her 17th year in the classroom with renewed vision following a workshop led by Stanford professor, Jo Boaler. Inspired by brain research, she teaches an “ungraded” Pre-Algebra class with a growth mindset focused on validating student input, feedback, and self-reflection. Ms. Wise is passionate about fostering a belief in her students that, despite learning differences, they can be successful math learners.