Lower School

Director's Welcome

Dear Parents,

Education has always been my passion. I love to learn new things, and I want to share that joy with as many people as possible. In my role as Lower School director, I work with students, parents, teachers and staff who are focused on all kinds of learning. I love my job and feel an obligation to provide the best possible environment to promote learning.

An important means to providing such an environment is establishing a strong sense of community. Parents are always welcome as volunteers in the classrooms or to help teachers with special activities. Parent “coffees” focus on topics of current interest, bringing parents together for social and educational experiences. Special events such as Family Reading Night and Torrey Fest serve to strengthen the connections between families and teachers. Parents are necessary partners in the learning process. As is true for all the Lower School teachers, my door is always open, and I am easily accessible in person, on the phone or by email.

Strong connections between students and teachers are also vital for optimal learning. Teachers in the Lower School are experienced, passionate about their craft and have a comprehensive understanding of each child's academic, social and emotional needs. They build trust with their students and create classroom environments where students feel comfortable asking questions and taking risks.

The academic curricula and character education are of equal importance in the Lower School, resulting in a well-balanced educational experience that focuses on the whole child. Courses in language arts, math, science and social studies with a global bent are offered alongside a formal character education program.

I believe that creating a close-knit community with parents as partners, fostering strong connections between students and their teachers, and offering an outstanding academic program that includes a formal character education component is a winning combination for laying the best educational foundation for young children. All children should derive joy from learning both now and throughout their lives.

Marna Weiss
Lower School Director