Professional Excellence

Our Faculty make professional strides beyond the classroom and are regularly sharing their knowledge at conferences and gaining recognition from outside organizations.

 

2015-2016 Recognitions

Upper School (Grade 9 - 12)

NameTitleRecognition
Daniel BergerScience Faculty - Physics Dan received the 2015 Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association Division 2 District Boys Coach of the Year Award.
Alexis CollinsPerforming Arts Faculty - Dance Alexis presented a lecture and discussion at the International Conference on Somatic-Based Dance Education in New York entitled "Stretching our Students Beyond the Barre: Project-Based Learning in Dance."  
Ross CooperAssociate Director of Athletics and Head Athletic Trainer Ross co-presented with Dan Luft to the Oakland County Athletic Directors Association (OCADA) on the subject of using Google Docs to maximize efficiency in a busy, multi-tasking athletic office.
Joshua GreenwaldAssistant Director of College Counseling Josh presented on the topic of "Demystifying the Application Process" at the University of Michigan Detroit Center's annual Mentor's Summit. The event is intended to provide resources and guidance for those who work with Detroit's youth though both community-based organizations and informal mentoring groups. 
Dean Haratsaris Education Technology Specialist Sharon and Dean presented CODE (Coding Opportunities Delivered in Education) at AIMS, ISACS, and NAIS.   The presentation discussed the need for Code in the curriculum and provided ideas on how to implement coding in the classroom.   The presentation focused on the worldwide initiative of bringing awareness to coding in education. 
John Kenney History Faculty

1. Selected as NEH Scholar to attend The Rochester Reform Trail Symposium in Rochester NY (Summer 2015)

2. Selected as a presenter (Academic Paper) to the college/university Popular Culture Conference. His presented paper was entitled: A. Lincoln Corporate Railroad Lawyer. (March 2016)

Susan Lucas Fine Arts FacultySusan was selected out of 2000 entries to be part of a 30 artist gallery show for Ceil Gallery. This show was a National Art Exhibition in Charlotte, North Carolina. 
Celeste MahabirHistory FacultyCeleste was one of four Olmsted Award recipients from Williams College. Each year seniors at Williams College nominate high school teachers who played influential roles in their lives and learning.  As a result, Detroit Country Day School was awarded $5000 from Williams College.  
Tom Ricketts Varsity Women's Ice Hockey Coach

Tom served as the President of the Executive Committee for the Michigan Metro Girls Hockey High School Hockey League.

Matt SadlerEnglish Faculty Matt's poetry was published this year in Diagram magazine and the Collagist.
Brett Sidle History FacultyThe Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation recognizes Educators of Distinction.  Brett is one of 250 educators from across the country chosen to receive this honor, an award that recognizes his outstanding dedication to providing education with an enhanced purpose.  Brett was conferred the Coca−Cola Educator of Distinction Award for the 2015-2016 academic school year.  He has helped shape the future of America by encouraging its future leaders.  Each year, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation chooses 250 outstanding high school seniors to receive college scholarships. Once named a Scholar, the students then nominate the teacher, coach, principal or counselor that inspired and encouraged them most as their Educator of Distinction. 
Jessica Stencel Varsity Women's Tennis CoachJessica was named Co-Coach of the year for Varsity Women's Tennis. 

Middle School (Grade 6 -8)

NameTitleRecognition
Steven BossertGrade 7 Dean and Mathematics Faculty Steve was awarded the Men's Soccer Division 2 District Coach of the Year.
Elizabeth BradyWorld Language Faculty - Latin Liz Brady completed her first year as Co-Chair of the Michigan Junior Classical League, a group dedicated to promoting the language, literature, and culture of Ancient Greece and Rome among middle and high school students of the classics. In this role, she planned the Michigan JCL Spring Convention and also hosted over 100 Latin students from around the state at DCDS!
Jennifer DegazioMathematics and STEAM Faculty Jennifer presented two sessions at the AIMS Conference last fall based on her curriculum and lesson ideas relating to STEAM topics.
Jennifer GabrysScience Faculty 

The Middle School was selected as one of 250 individual schools in Michigan to host a tank of Chinook salmon in order to raise them from egg to smelt then release them into the Rouge River. To go along with the annual water quality studies, Jennifer also secured a $1000 grant for students to build underwater remotely operated vehicles. They will be used to explore the river, collect data, and possibly release salmon.

Stephanie KeilesMathematics Faculty Stephanie was part of a panel that presented a session at the Network for Public Education's annual conference in North Carolina last spring. The topic of the session was "Making Friends and Building Coalitions to Advocate for Public Education."
Sarah KitchenFine Arts Faculty

Sarah Kitchen and Aaron Kuehne represented our Middle School art department at the Michigan Art Education Association state conference last fall. They were invited to participate after several of their students' works were featured as TOP 15 selections in past MAEA state-wide middle division art shows. They shared lessons that engage the middle school learner and produce quality results.

Aaron KuehneFine Arts FacultySarah Kitchen and Aaron Kuehne represented our middle school art department at the Michigan Art Education Association state conference last fall. They were invited to participate after several of their students' works were featured as TOP 15 selections in past MAEA state-wide middle division art shows. They shared lessons that engage the middle school learner and produce quality results.
Kim Spampinato Kim was selected as only one of three break-out session presenters at the annual Mission Skills Assessment Conference in Chicago. Kim's passion for Social Emotional Learning helped her to create a session on Empathy 
Andrea NazelliWorld Language Faculty - Department ChairAndrea co-presented with Alyssa Marcangelo on the topic "Work Your CORE: Cultivating Optimum Resources to Engage in the World Language Classroom" at the ISACS Conference in Minnesota last fall.  
Stephanie TrautmanEnglish Faculty 

Each year, PBS identifies and recognizes teachers who are tech-savvy K-12 educators with a passion for using digital technology and media. Stephanie Trautman was identified as a leader with a desire to empower her peers and students and share strategies around digital media integration. She is now a part of the PBS Learning Media Digital Innovators program, which is a yearlong, free professional development program designed to foster and reward a community of highly engaged, tech-savvy K-12 educators who are using digital media and technology in classrooms.

Junior School (Grade 3 -5)

NameTitleRecognition
Sharon DeightonDean of School Sharon and Dean presented CODE (Coding Opportunities Delivered in Education) at AIMS, ISACS, and NAIS.  The presentation discussed the need for Code in the curriculum and provided ideas on how to implement coding in the classroom.  The presentation focused on the worldwide initiative of bringing awareness to coding in education.
Marlenn MaickiDean of School and Science Faculty - Department ChairMarlenn was the Awards Chair for the Michigan Science Teachers Association.  She coordinated the Reception and Banquet to honor the awardees at the State Conference last March.

Lower School (Preschool - Grade 2)

NameTitleRecognition
Jennifer BullockDirector of School Jenny presented on the Best Practices for Independent School Admissions at the AIMS conference last fall. 
Janine GallantGrade 1 FacultyJanine Gallant and Codee Tiano were selected to present Connectonomics:  A Project-Based Study of Economics at the ISACS Annual Conference in Minnesota last fall. 
Kelly HincksLibrary Services Kelly was chosen to be a blogger for Knowledge Quest.  This is a publication of the American Association of School Librarians.  She writes a monthly blog post that is published on their website about topics that impact school libraries.  Kelly also served as the chair of the Innovative Reading Grant Committee which is part of the American Library Association. 
Steve Lepkowski Physical Education FacultySteve was awarded the Michigan High School Baseball Division 2 Regional Coach of the Year.  
Lynda Ludy Grade 2 FacultyLynda presented "Let ME Figure It Out -- Developmentally Appropriate Problem Solving" at the Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics & at the Metropolitan Detroit Science Teacher Association Joint 2015 Fall Conference.  Her session discussed strategies to expand children's thinking AND help parents understand differences between adults' and children's processing of information to find solutions.  
Kathryn Maisonville Science FacultyKatie co-presented with Amy Meiser at the ISACS annual conference last November.  Their presentation "It's Epic Play!" focused on creating experiential, participatory, image-rich and connected lessons in a preschool classroom.  Katie also had a blog article titled "Teaching by the Seasons" published on the National Association for the Education of Young Children's website.
Alyssa Marcangelo World Language Faculty - FrenchAlyssa presented at several conferences last year, including AIMS, ISACS, MIWLA (Michigan World Language Association) and the University of Michigan 4T Virtual Conference.  Alyssa shared different ways to integrate art and technology into the foreign language classroom, as well as creative uses for Google Earth and Google Maps across all content areas. 
Diana Matthews Science FacultyDiana co-presented with Lisa Morgan at the Michigan Science Teachers Association a session on "STEM and the younger years."
Amy McIntosh Junior Kindergarten Faculty Amy co-presented with Katie Maisonville at the ISACS annual conference last November.  Their presentation "It's Epic Play!" focused on creating experiential, participatory, image-rich and connected lessons in a preschool classroom.   
Lisa Morgan Dean of School and Science Faculty Lisa co-presented with Diana Matthews at the Michigan Science Teachers Association a session on "STEM and the younger years." 
Donna Rubin Grade 1 FacultyAfter publishing her latest book, Apple Cider Pup, Donna was invited to present at the AIMS conference last fall.  She also shared how the Espresso Book Machine at Michigan State University supported her with making this book come to life through self-publishing. 
Codee Tiano Grade 1 FacultyJanine Gallant and Codee Tiano were selected to present Connectonomics:  A Project Based Study of Economics at the ISACS Annual Conference in Minnesota last fall. 
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