Greetings from the Lower School! It is with great pleasure that I share a glimpse into this nurturing and mentoring environment steeped in leadership development.
I am ecstatic to serve as the Head of Lower School. To this role, I bring my experience in working with curriculum and teachers from lower and middle school, my enthusiasm in partnering with parents, and my love for educating students.
As you continue to learn more about our school community, we believe you will find that what makes our Lower School a place where your child can grow is summarized in the words of Gertstell's Mission Statement.
In fact, I encourage you to test us by looking for how we can bring these hallmarks of the Lower School experience and our mission, to life for your family:
1. My child will thrive at this school and be known at this school. 2, My child will grow and mature and fulfill potential at this school. 3. My child will develop emotionally and socially in a healthy environment at this school. 4. My child will cultivate natural and developed talents at this school.
I hope there will be many opportunities for us to talk and learn more from one another as we strive to produce leaders who will be ready to accept challenges with confidence, resourcefulness, and success.
Ben Thompson Head of Lower School
At Gerstell, we believe education should meet the needs of young students at their developmental stages. We provide many experiential learning opportunities for them to grow and develop wholly. Early education is important for continued success in learning throughout the Lower School. As students move through the primary grades and beyond, they are challenged to demonstrate mastery of the Gerstell Leadership Principles and Attributes, and to accept responsibility for their actions. Students are given the tools necessary to reach their full potential academically as our gifted faculty help students master the language arts, including basic Spanish communication, and develop mathematical prowess while encouraging individual creative expression and critical thinking skills.
Through our leadership instruction we are confident that students will become independent thinkers who are well prepared to excel in middle school and beyond.
Haloti and Christina Ngata
"Our family will miss living in Maryland very much. Our oldest son, Sam, was lucky enough to attend Gerstell Academy for one year. He gained so much confidence in himself this year. Our biggest regret is having to leave Gerstell Academy knowing that they do such a wonderful job of helping their students reach their full potential. Thank you, Gerstell Academy and Mrs. Dackermann, for providing such a solid foundation on which Sam will be able to build his education."
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