Introduction to the Lower School

Young children come to school with a natural desire to make sense of their world and to find meaning in their learning through opportunities to investigate, inquire, experiment, and exchange ideas. They learn best when activities are purposeful and when there are opportunities for choice in an environment with high expectations. The Lower School provides a warm, friendly, and invigorating environment where children from kindergarten through fourth grades can learn and grow to be confident and competent learners.

We are committed to diversity and embrace a culture in which there is comfort in noticing and talking about differences, as well as in recognizing the feelings and wishes we all share. Empathy, self-control, cooperation, respect and caring for one another are the main threads of the fabric of who we are and what we hope to instill in young children.


Lower School's Guiding Principles

These seven principles guide our work with children:

  • The social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum. 
  • How children learn is as important as what they learn; process and content go hand in hand. 
  • The greatest cognitive growth occurs through social interaction. 
  • To be successful academically and socially, children need a set of social skills: cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy, and self-control. 
  • Knowing the children we teach-individually, culturally, and developmentally is as important as knowing the content we teach. 
  • Knowing the families of the children we teach and working with them as partners is essential to children's education. 
  • How the adults at school work together is as important as their individual competence; lasting change begins with the adult community.

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Lower School Administration

List of 3 members.

  • Amy Woodson 

    Head of Lower School
    615-321-8022
    Georgia State University - Ed.S.
    Mercer University - M.Ed.
    Berry College - BS
    Started at USN: 2014
  • Josie Robins 

    Assistant Head of Lower School
    Brown University - BA
    Bank Street College - M.Ed Elementary Education
    Bank Street College - Certification in Reading and LIteracy
    Started at USN: 2008
  • Diane Gigliotti 

    Administrative Assistant, Lower School
    Muhlenberg College - BA
    Started at USN: 2018

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