The Teaching & Learning department at Graded welcomes the addition of new key roles that will better enable us to integrate, clarify, and strengthen our systems of support for all matters related to Teaching & Learning. Our current team includes:
Who: Shauna Hobbs
Role: Director of Teaching & Learning
Bio: Shauna Hobbs has been at Graded since 2016. As the Director of Teaching and Learning, she leads work in the areas of curriculum, instruction, assessment, student supports, professional development, accreditation and school-wide conferences. Prior to coming to Graded Shauna was the Executive Director of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction in Seattle Public Schools, Seattle, Washington. Her work included professional development, curriculum design, materials adoption and grant-funded initiatives to support all principals and staff at Seattle Public Schools. Her experience also includes leading preschool and elementary principals and staff in their professional work as PK-5 Instructional Services Director for City Schools of Decatur, Georgia. Before her work at the district level Shauna served as a principal in Washington, Georgia and Tennessee. She has an Ed.S. from Walden University and an M.I.T. and B.A. from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. In her spare time Shauna can be found running, fishing or spending t
Who: Colette Bounet
Role: Chair of Optimal Learning Services (OLS)
Bio: Colette Bounet is a new teacher working in the Optimal Learning Services Department at Graded. She is new to Brazil, but started her international life at a young age, in Morocco. She studied at the Rabat American School through middle and high school and moved back to the US to attend Harvard University. There she studied History and Literature of Latin America. Her teaching began after studying Early Childhood Special Education at George Washington University. She received an endorsement in teaching English as a Second Language and later completed a second Master’s degree in Supervision and Administration. Her teaching career has spanned the last 20 years and has included various positions, such as resource teacher, classroom teacher, assistant principal and principal. In her free time, Colette enjoys cooking, running, and traveling.
Your go-to for: Questions about intervention students and OLS
Who: Colleen Boerner
Role: Head of Libraries
Bio: Colleen has been at Graded since July 2015, working as a Teacher Librarian in the Upper School Library. In addition to her role as Head of Libraries, Colleen serves as a subject area leader in the middle school, head of department in the high school, member of the Teaching and Learning Leadership Team (TLLT) and as a 7th grade advisor. She has 27 years of teaching experience, 12 years as a Teacher Librarian and 15 years teaching high school social studies. Additionally, Colleen has served as an Extended Essay Coordinator and Senior Project Coordinator. Prior to joining the Graded community, Colleen worked at the American International School Dhaka in Bangladesh, Korea International School in Seoul and 3 public high schools in Washington State, USA. With access to so much information via the internet and the preponderance of ‘fake news’ through social media, the role of librarians and the library program is more essential than ever in helping students be critical consumers of information. This year, Colleen and the library team will be unpacking Graded’s newly adopted information literacy standards and scaffolding curriculum to ensure that our students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. In her spare time, Colleen likes to travel, read, try new restaurants, walk her dog Hunter, play games, watch sports and spend time with family.
Your go-to for: Collaboration, curriculum support, unit planning, information and media literacy, locating and accessing information, research process, evaluating sources, academic honesty, book recommendations, and all things library.
Who: Silvana Meneghini
Role: Teaching & Learning Coach
Bio: Silvana has been working at Graded for the past 18 years, in different positions K-12. Currently, Silvana is a Teaching and Learning Coach for the Upper School, being responsible for job-embedded professional development through coaching cycles, as well as curriculum work and teacher support for diverse teaching needs like unit planning, assessment, instructional strategies, technology integration (modern literacies), etc. Her work also included designing and co-teaching an Introduction to Engineering course in High School. Silvana started working at Graded as an Academic Technology Coordinator at Elementary School, then moving to Upper School. She was an active collaborator in the 1:1 laptop initiative at the school in 6th Grade moving up to High School. Her role involved developing information literacy curriculum and a major research project in Grade 10 as an assessment for this program. She was also a advocate for and co-designer of an ongoing electronic portfolio for students. Silvana holds a PhD and a Master’s Degree in Education from King’s College, University of London. She is passionate about photography and cooking, and loves to share her passion on social media.
Your go-to for: ALL subject areas; coaching cycles, curriculum support and documentation, unit planning, assessment, instructional strategies, technology integration / modern literacies.
Role: Teaching & Learning Coach
Bio: Andrew has worked at Graded since July 2014 and has been a classroom teacher since 2003. Working with children has taken him on many adventures, from teaching in the public schools in NYC to curriculum writing in western New York, from school building in Denver.CO to community building in Windhoek, Namibia. Creating spaces for learning is definitely his biggest passion. Outside of school Andrew loves traveling, reading and spending time with his husband Leo and his dog Tuba.
Your go-to for: ALL subject areas; coaching cycles, curriculum support and documentation, unit planning, assessment, instructional strategies..
Who: Leticia Conca
Role: Teaching & Learning Assistant
Bio: Leticia is originally from Santo André, São Paulo, but just returned from living the past 13 years in the UK. While there, Leticia pursued her passion of making art at the University of Arts, London. She draws, paints, and, as of recently, makes tattoos! Leticia speaks Portuguese, English, Italian, and some Spanish, and is looking forward to making connections at Graded in any of these languages. As T&L Assistant, Leticia is responsible for managing the Individual Professional Development budget for the whole faculty team. With this duty, Leticia is frequently in contact with teachers at school, working side by side with the T&L Director for PD purposes. Some of her duties include: contacting international institutions, managing invoices and international orders for individual professional development, PD registration, managing the budget from her division, as well as the individual PD budget, and working together with the Director of Teaching and Learning and Administration of the school. Leticia focuses on ensuring the best experiences for faculty members who attend or present at international conferences and institutions. She also assists the school with international events and local bureaucracy and she is always involved with different projects at the school.
Your go-to for: Individual professional development questions and needs.