“The feedback from teachers has been more complete and thorough than any feedback we have gotten from public school teachers. Academic criticism is always constructive and many times my child has been offered the opportunity to resubmit work, utilizing the feedback. This has enhanced his learning tremendously.” ~OM parent
Our high school faculty is a diverse yet collegial group of professionals who share a love of teaching and educational values. They develop positive working relationships with their students, providing individualized support and feedback through detailed lesson comments and comprehensive semester evaluations.
Many Oak Meadow teachers are professionals and experts in their field, bringing unique insights and perspectives to their coursework. Julia West, an Oak Meadow science teacher since 1992, is a great example: She took a field course for teachers in Denali National Park on understanding and teaching climate change, and she used that experience to develop new curricula that addresses climate literacy. As the first distance teacher ever selected for NOAA’s “Teacher at Sea” research project, Julia chronicled her journey as she assisted with a NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service plankton survey in the Gulf of Mexico; one of her blog posts was named in NOAA’s top-ten 2015 Teacher at Sea posts. She used her experience to help inform Oak Meadow’s new Environmental Science for a Changing World course.