Runnels | Independent School, Baton Rouge


Teachers Go Back to School


     As lifelong learners, teachers often use the summer break to strengthen their instructional skills and extend their knowledge of subject areas by attending professional development conferences, workshops and conferences. Over the last couple of months, many faculty members took advantage of learning opportunities both far away and closer to home.

     Sixteen members of our preschool faculty attended a Childhood Education Workshop sponsored by the Children's Ministry Office of Louisiana Baptists in Covington, LA on July 23. After the conference, they all went to the Tea Room. "It was a great day inspiring us all," said Preschool Co-Director Karen Runnels.

     Several AP teachers attended week-long Advanced Placement Summer Institutes (APSI) at the University of Texas. In Houston for updates on teaching AP English courses were Colleen LeBlanc and Norma Marsh, who heads the junior and senior high English and social studies departments. Rhonda Tucker was also there to attend the APSI on AP Human Geography. Ramona Eberly went to the Arlington campus of UT for the APSI on AP Biology.

     Head of School and Elementary Principal Marcia Mackay traveled to Orlando in July for the 2018 NAESP (National Association of Elementary School Principals) Conference, and Latin teacher Ann Ostrom took part in the American Classical League's 71st annual Summer Institute at the University of Montana

     Elementary teacher Sheri Allen attended the ISTE (International Society of Technology in Education) Conference in Chicago. "I visited with other computer science teachers and got a bundle of new ideas from them to implement in my class," she said.

     Athletic trainer and Jr. and Sr. High Assistant Athletic Director Marcella Babcock participated in the National Athletic Trainer's Association Annual Clinical Symposia and Expo in New Orleans in July as well as a Sports Medicine Summer School sponsored by the Baton Rouge Bone and Joint Clinic in July. Our team physicians and medical directors, Dr. Vincent Shaw and Dr. Stephen Etheredge, both presented seminars at the workshop.