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Betsy Leschinsky - Librarian & SEED Teacher

Librarian & SEED Teacher

  • What do you enjoy most about being in the classroom?

    I enjoy my role as the SEED teacher because I get to work with every student in the Lower School. This provides the opportunity to develop long-lasting relationships with the children as they move through the grades. In my role as a second teacher I enjoy supporting the classroom teachers in a variety of ways and assisting the students on an individual basis.
     
  • What do you love about Shipley?

    I love the sense of confidence and well being the students develop in our small group setting. I love our dedication to service learning and helping others. I love that we devote time to developing character in our students. I have been a part of Shipley in some way for the past twenty years and it has become my second home and my second family.
     
  • What inspired you to choose education?

    My father was an artist by trade but was a beloved lacrosse coach. He planted the seeds of caring and kindness towards children in me early on. Additionally, I have always loved working with children. Even at a very young age I was babysitting and working at day camps. My sister and I worked at Beth Hillel day camp when we were 12 and 13 years old, where a current Shipley parent was one of the two year olds in our group! I went to Wheelock College in Boston, a college devoted to early childhood education. Although I took a hiatus for several years and worked as a chef, I came back to education once I had my own children.
     
  • What is your favorite lesson, project or activity? Why?

    My favorite unit in third grade is our immigration unit. Students learn by using research, an incredible simulation activity, and finally a trip to Ellis Island.
     
  • Why is it important to have two teachers in the classroom?

    As second teachers we get to meet the needs of children who may be struggling to keep up or to provide enrichment to those who are moving easily through a lesson. We come in with fresh eyes and can provide an extra layer of support for both the student and the teacher.
  • What is your favorite musical genre?

    I love listening to my son’s band “Swift Technique” which is a fusion of hip-hop, funk and jazz.
     
  • Name one of your hobbies.

    Quilting. And I am obsessed with yoga. In addition to teaching at Shipley I am a yoga instructor at Focus Fitness in Bryn Mawr.
     
  • What is your favorite quote?

    “Promote what you love, instead of bashing what you hate.”
     
  • What is your favorite season?

    I love summer, I love the heat!!
     
  • Where was the best vacation you ever had?

    A trip to New Mexico a few summers ago, I loved the natural beauty and all that dry heat!
     
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The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.