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Parent Night School

  • St. Andrew's Episcopal School 8804 Postoak Road Potomac, MD, 20854 United States (map)

Experience the exceptional teaching that St. Andrew's students enjoy every day by going back to school for one night. This is your opportunity to take two thirty-minute classes from some of St. Andrew's finest teachers. There will be no tests, papers, or homework: just the chance to learn and interact with the same teachers your child gets to work with each day. Refreshments and babysitting will be provided free of charge for attendees.

Registration fee is $20 per person and $30 for two guests- bring a friend! Registration fee covers compensation for Night School Teachers.


6:30-7:00pm    Welcome back to school: Mingle with Your Teachers

7:00-7:15pm    First Period: Neuroscience 101 with Glenn Whitman, Director of the CTTL, and Ian Kelleher, CTTL Head of Research.

7:15-7:45pm    Second Period: First class of your choice

7:45-8:15pm    Third Period: Second class of your choice

8:15pm            Dismissal



The Science of Learning Led by Christine Lewis

Debating Hiroshima Led by Alex Haight

The Building Blocks of The Brain Led by Andrew Seidman

The Power of Asking Questions Led by Sung Hee Kim

Learning by Design Led by Hilarie Hall and Chuck James

Greetings in Mandarin Led by Sara Graham

Religion and Faith Through Our Own Eyes Led by Rodney Glasgow

Your Brain on Ukulele Led by Amy Wooley


Class Descriptions and Teacher Bios

The Science of Learning : Led by Christine Lewis

Class Description: MBE science is the collective body of research and theory from neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and education. Why is this important to a fourth grader? What is relevant to a fourth grader? And how are the salient findings taught in a fourth-grade classroom? I will answer these questions by leading you through an interactive lesson exploring the function of the Reticular Activating System as it would be taught in my own classroom. In doing so, I aim to introduce you to one of the many research-informed approaches used at St. Andrew’s to empower students through knowledge.

Teacher Biography:
Christine Lewis grew up in Wellington, New Zealand. Completing a BS in Chemistry at Waikato University, Hamilton, NZ and a MS in the Science of Instruction at Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA after emigrating in 2003. She began her teaching career 30 years ago, however, her early years in the USA were spent coaching field hockey, dance team, and track while teaching part time in the elementary grades. During Christine’s 11 years with St. Andrew’s, she taught kindergarten through fourth grade. She is also a Responsive Classroom® national consulting teacher, MBE science facilitator for the CTTL in their Teach-for-America collaborative program, and regular contributing writer for the CTTL “Think Differently and Deeply” publication.

Debating Hiroshima: Led by Alex Haight

Class Description:

Few topics have elicited as emotional a response as the decision to use the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. In fact, the many protests and controversies surrounding the 50th anniversary in 1995 highlighted the emotional gravity of the decision. In this course, you will examine the conventional reasons and justifications for the decision through primary sources and thought-provoking testimonies. In doing so, you will experience how students in AP US History learn about controversial historical events through discussion and debate.

Teacher Biography: Alex has been teaching history at St. Andrew's for 20 years, including AP US History, Race Matters, and Current Events, to name a few.  It is also Alex’s 22nd year coaching boys soccer at St. Andrew’s.

The Building Blocks Of The Brain: Led by Andrew Seidman

Class Description: Psychology prompts some deep questions about how exactly we interact with the world around us. What exactly is actually happening inside our head when we feel a hand on our shoulder? What is going on in our brain when we decide to raise our hand? How is it that the brain experiences sadness? Can we actually see when the brain learns something? This course will seek to begin to answer these and other questions. Using kinesthetic exercises, mnemonics, and other strategies, this class will help you to increase your understanding of neurons, the nervous system, and parts of the brain.


Teacher Biography: Andrew Seidman has been a Psychology and English teacher for twelve years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, a master’s degree in English and American Literature from Pennsylvania State University, and a master of professional studies degree in Clinical Psychological Science from the University of Maryland.  His article, “Breaking the Frozen Sea: Building Social Cognition Through Reading and Writing” is due out in this year’s edition of Think Differently and Deeply (2018). He is faculty proctor for St. Andrew’s Creative Writing magazine, Creaturae, and a current CTTL faculty fellow.

The Power of Asking Question Led by Sung Hee Kim

Class description: What is the value of asking questions?  How important is it to our own learning?  What is the connection between making knowledge and asking questions? And how does social emotional learning fit into it all? In this class, students will participate in an exercise that addresses these questions.  Then we will step outside of the exercise to be metacognitive, examining our own learning process and its connection to design thinking.

Teacher biography:  Sung Hee Kim currently teaches first grade at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School.  She has been working in the field of education for 15 years.  Nine of these were spent at St. Andrew’s where she has taught pre-k, kindergarten and first grade.  She received a B.A. from Wellesley College, MA in Philosophy and an M.A. in Journalism from New York University, NY.  She is the author of “Lower School Design Thinking” published in the June 2017 issue of the St. Andrew’s Spring Magazine, “The Differentiated Classroom: An Elementary School Perspective published in Think Differently and Deeply Volume 2, and “The Stone of Knowledge” which is due to be published in the next issue of Thing Differently and Deeply Volume 3.

Learning By Design Led by Hilarie Hall and Chuck James

Class description:  Design thinking is a process used by learners of all ages to solve complex problems.  It requires foresight, imagination, organization, cooperation, and empathy.  This Night School class will feature a human-centered design activity that will help demonstrate how St. Andrew's students work, each day, as innovative problem solvers.

Teacher Biographies:

Chuck James is an educator and curriculum specialist in Science and Design Education. He is the Director of the D!Lab Design Thinking Program as well as the Co- Director of Service Learning at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland.  Chuck’s instructional work in Design, Technology, and Innovation includes creating curricula for The National Science Foundation, NASA, The American Geologic Institute, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the American Chemical Society. James was twice awarded the state-level Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics. He was recognized in 2001 by The Congressional Black Caucus for his contributions to science and mathematics education and his focus on work with at-risk students. In 2012, he was also honored by the Maryland General Assembly for his work with at-risk populations in Maryland. Chuck’s publications include- Thinking is a Field Trip. Carnegie Press (2004), Design Connections, National Science Foundation. (1999). Chuck's new book, Guide to Imagination is set for release in October 2017.  He holds an EdM in Education from George Mason University.

Hilarie Hall has been a classroom teacher for the past ten years, specializing in early elementary education.  She currently teaches science to St. Andrew's youngest learners from preschool through second grade.  Hilarie is a 2014 recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST) and has received grants for Voya, Toshiba America, and Pitsco to develop new curriculum.  She guides the Lower School's First Lego Robotics team and works as the CTTL Lower School Research Coordinator.  She has a B.S. in finance from Boston College and an M.A. in Early Elementary Education from American University.  She is also a proud parent of two St. Andrew's students.

Greetings in Mandarin Led by Sara Graham

Class Description: Studies show that Mandarin Chinese is one of the most difficult languages for native speakers of English to learn.  Why is it so difficult?  Does it have to be difficult?  What are some innovative study methods one can use to ease the transition into learning this language?  Students can expect to answer these questions, and more, in Greetings in Mandarin.  Students will learn how to exchange culturally appropriate greetings and will also explore unique and exciting ways to learn this important language.

Teacher Biography: Sara has been working in the field of education for ten years..  She has held a variety of positions, including: associate director of admissions, curriculum resource teacher, curriculum developer, and teacher of Asian history, global history and Mandarin Chinese. Sara moved to the Washington, D.C. area from Honolulu, Hawaii, where she developed and coordinated a K-6 after-school Mandarin immersion program for Punahou School while also teaching at the high school level. Sara has a B.A. from Lawrence University in East Asian Languages and Cultures, and an M.A. in Teaching Foreign Language (Mandarin Chinese) from The Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California.  Contact Sara at

Religion and Faith Through Our Own Eyes Led by Rodney Glasgow

Class Description:

What is religion? What is faith? Who or what is God? What does it mean to be religious? These essential questions will be the basis of exploration through the students’ lived experiences of religion and faith.  Through dialogue and structured exchange methods, students will be able to unpack their own personal narratives with religion and faith while learning from the narratives of other students.  Together, we will deepen our shared understanding of religion and faith and how it shapes our individual and collective lives.    

Teacher Biography: Rodney Glasgow is the Head of Middle School and Chief Diversity Officer at St. Andrew’s.  He teaches Religion 6: The Hebrew Bible and the Nature of God.  He holds a B.A. from Harvard University in Afro-American Studies and Psychology and an M.A. from Columbia University in Private School Leadership.  He is the Chair of the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference and founder and Chair of the National Diversity Directors Institute.

Your Brain on Ukulele Led by Amy Wooley

Class Description: We have long understood that music makes us more human. Recently, driven by lots of stunning research, the conversation has moved to how music makes us smarter humans in every way: emotionally, socially, physically and intellectually. This is especially true if we humans learn music at a young age, when the brain is at its most plastic. Playing a musical instrument is like “a full-body workout for the brain.” So, why the ukulele? The answer is simple yet deep. Ukulele is a real instrument that is popular, inexpensive, accessible, and leads to other instruments. Learning it involves reading notation, tablature, chord symbols, and scale patterns. It plays both melody and chords, and coordinated activities like singing and playing, as well as ensemble playing, are possible.  In this class you will go from zero-to-ukulele in 30 minutes. So, come get a workout for your brain, and enjoy the fun of playing music with other humans!

Teacher Biography:

Amy Wooley has been a music educator for over twenty years, teaching all ages from pre-K through graduate students. Dr. Wooley holds master’s and doctorate degrees in ethnomusicology from UCLA.  She also holds a bachelor’s degree in music composition from UCLA and a degree in scoring for motion pictures and television from USC. She is a composer and arranger, and former recording artist on MCA, with a nomination by the Academy of Country Music for Best New Female Vocalist.  She has presented at several conferences, including “Your Brain on Music” at the 2012 AIMS Annual Conference and “Your Brain on Ukulele” at the 2014 Scholar Search Associates/CTTL Forum. A current CTTL fellow, she is the co-author of  “Arts Integration” in Think Differently and Deeply (2102) and author of “Your Brain on Ukulele” in This Differently and Deeply II (2102).