MS adds Teaching Assistants

Read on to meet the two newest members of the Middle School team.
By Sierra Smith, Communications Specialist

While the coronavirus pandemic brought many challenges to the 2020-2021 school year, in many instances, the solutions shed light on opportunities to make improvements for the 2021-2022 year. 
 
One of those opportunities came from what began last year as Middle School’s remote learning coordinators — individuals hired to support faculty in balancing a classroom of both in-person and remote learners. While remote learning coordinators are no longer a need in Middle School, the assistance they provided teachers and the individualized attention they offered students proved a valuable asset worth carrying into the 2021-2022 year. As a result, Middle School added two Teaching Assistants to its ranks of exceptional staff. 
 
“There are a lot of moving parts in Middle School, especially as we continue to modify our program in response to COVID-19, and our TAs are already playing a huge role in making everything run smoothly,” shared Head of Middle School Jeff Greenfield. “Even just days into the new year, it’s apparent that having this additional help is going to improve the lives of everyone in Middle School and help make this a successful year.” 
 
The new TAs will play an integral role in contributing to the rich educational experience that each MS classroom offers by developing strong working relationships with each teacher and student. Among their numerous responsibilities, they’ll serve as liaisons for absent students, sharing updates about class instruction and assignments between teachers and students, and they will be on hand to complete any organizational or administrative tasks for teachers. Additionally, TAs will take over some study hall responsibilities allowing faculty the flexibility to meet with targeted groups of students. 
 
Meet the new members of the MS team below: 
 
Emily Green graduated from Vanderbilt University in May 2021 with a degree in elementary education and child studies. She grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and is excited to be in Nashville at USN. She will be a TA for the fifth and sixth grade and is looking forward to getting to know the students and the USN community.
 
Already a familiar face around the halls of 2000 Edgehill, Hannah Malkofsky-Berger ’16 takes on this exciting new role as the seventh and eighth grade TA after serving as eighth grade’s remote learning coordinator and an assistant track & field coach the previous year. Additionally, Malkofsky-Berger worked with USN’s summer camps program, and she is coaching volleyball this fall. Malkofsky-Berger is a graduate of Davidson College where she studied psychology and gender and sexuality studies. 
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    • Fifth & Sixth Grade Teaching Assistant Emily Green helps Drew Zwerner '28 and Eli Shuster '28 in Yue Yuan's English class.

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