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Leadership Position Changes

We are pleased to announce that the positions of IB Coordinator and Professional Development Director have been filled internally, and next year we will have an Assistant Principal in the Early Years School.

Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, Kurt Supplee will become IB Coordinator. We greatly appreciate the work of Todd Cota has done as IB Coordinator who has advanced our program over the last 2 years and we wish him well as he leaves for a sabbatical next year.

At Nido since 2010, Kurt has 14 years of experience teaching IB Science and Math courses, and 6 years of experience as an IB Examiner. He has been a Department Head at 3 different schools, including Nido, and was a Grade 12 Advisor at Nido for 6 years. Kurt is also involved in professional development and leadership at Nido, having completed the High Tech High Educational LeadershipAcademy and as a facilitator for NLT (Nido Learns Together) groups. Throughout his international teaching career, he has always enjoyed looking at the big picture and finding solutions to foster deeper learning for his students. He is excited to be able to collaborate with teachers, counselors, and administrators to further instill the IB Learner Profile amongst our students and to develop them into critically open-minded global citizens.

Kristen MacConnell will take over as Professional Development Director in the 2018-2019 school year, with Jason Scoles deciding to return to the classroom after his important contributions to the PD program at Nido in the past year. Kristen returned to Nido this year as the Interim Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning in the Early Years School, after previously having been at Nido as an ES school counselor from 2010-2011 and an ES Literacy Specialist from 2011- 2014.

Kristen holds a Ph.D. in Special Education, an M.Ed in School Leadership, and a M.S. in School Psychology. She is passionate about supporting teachers and students to build a strong sense of belonging in the classroom and in school. Before coming back to Nido, Kristen worked as a leadership resident within the High Tech High organization where she was immersed in a culture project-based learning, and supported teachers to engage in their own inquiry to improve teacher practice. She has worked as a Director of Professional Development for a research institute and as a Professor in a teacher training program. Kristen has presented at international conferences in Latin America, Europe and Asia. She has published several blog posts for Ed Weekly as well as two book chapters. She is currently co-editing a book with High Tech High colleagues on School Leadership.

Nido has decided to consolidate the Assistant Director positions in the Early Years School into one Assistant Principal Position. We are very pleased to announce that Jessica Overton, the Assistant Director of Curriculum and Assessment, will assume this position in July.

Jessica is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood and holds a M.Ed. in Special Education, and a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She began her career in education as a teacher of the deaf (2003-2005) before arriving at Nido in 2005 as a Learning Disabilities Specialist in the ES (2005-2012). Jessica then served as a Literacy Specialist in the EYS (2012-2015) and, most recently, as the Assistant Director, focusing on assessment, learning standards, and curriculum. Jessica is excited to continue to work with the Early Years faculty, parents, and students to ensure that our program continues to provide a nurturing and stimulating environment for our youngest students to learn through wonder, play, and exploration.

We are looking forward to what these talented individuals will bring to Nido as they assume these new positions.


A MESSAGE FROM HS PRINCIPAL PETIT

I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work with your students during this year, most recently as the Interim Principal of the High School.

A MESSAGE FROM EYS PRINCIPAL COTA

The 2017-2018 academic year brought about a few changes for the EYS. We welcomed Grade 1 into our division and we received a new name, Early Years School instead of ECC (Early Childhood Center).

NIDO CHAMBER MUSIC FEST INVITATION

Nido de Aguilas School invites you to participate in the third Interscholastic Nido Chamber Music Fest. Please note that this is not a competition, but a Festival. Student musicians will participate as an ensemble.

Ski Club 2018

The Nido Ski Club (6th - 12th grade) and Junior Ski Club (4 year olds - 5th grade) are open for registration.

Leadership Position Changes

The positions of IB Coordinator and Professional Development Director have been filled internally, and next year we will have an Assistant Principal in the Early Years School.

Earth Week at Nido

Last week, High School kicked off a month long Earth awareness campaign. The theme for this year is End Plastic Pollution.

Shadowing Day at Nido | April 25

Una de las mejores formas de familiarizarse con un lugar es experimentándolo de primera mano. Nido ofrecerá precisamente eso a través de su Shadowing Day, el miércoles 25 de abril.

ARTS SHOWDOWN | MAY 10, 2018

Nido's much anticipated Arts Showdown event is coming up on Thursday, May 10 in the Arts Building.

EMPREDIL 2018

The 2nd annual EMPREDIL conference on March 22 & 23 aims to inspire young leaders to take action about the future. Organized by students, this conference is targeted towards teenagers that are interested in entrepreneurship, leadership, and success.

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