Mooreland Hill School in Kensington has a rich history in Connecticut that dates back eight decades. Over the years, the school has expanded programs and services in an effort to continuously strive for improvement and excellence. This year, the school will deepen its ranks with the addition of four new teachers for grades K-3. The new staff includes Robert Borden, Wendy Meyer, Peggy Phillips and Elisa Root. They join an existing group of fine faculty.
“We are thrilled to announce the addition of these four fine educators,” said Headmaster, Michael Dooman (Class of ’78). “We know they will serve the school’s students well, providing a solid foundation for their educational future.”
Robert Borden has nearly thirty-five years’ experience shaping young minds. He began his career at the Woodstock Children’s Center, teaching grades 4-6 and also gained experience teaching at Silney School, Hubbard School, Columbus School, Cold Spring School and for the past sixteen years, The Country School in Madison. With a passion for teaching mathematics, environmental science and history, Borden considers his greatest strength is in teaching language arts, and specifically in motivating children to write. He also plays the guitar and incorporates music in his teaching. He will teach grades four and five, multi-age group. Mr. Borden holds both his Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Education from Southern Connecticut State University.
Wendy Meyer also has a rich teaching history spanning more than three decades. She has spent her career educating primarily first and third grades. For the last 19 years she taught at The Country School in Madison. Mrs. Meyer has expanded upon her classroom skills by attending more than a dozen professional development conferences and seminars. At Mooreland she will teach grades two and three. Mrs. Meyer earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.
Peggy Phillips is another Mooreland newcomer with deep roots in Connecticut. She began her career teaching kindergarten in Hamden in 1967. She also taught kindergarten for nearly twenty years and for the last several years has served as a substitute teacher. The education of young children is her passion. She strives to provide the fullest experience possible by always offering hands-on learning opportunities. Mrs. Phillips will be the assistant teacher for kindergarten and first grade. Mrs. Phillips earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from Hood College and her Master of Science Degree in Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University.
Elisa Root will teach Mooreland’s kindergarten and grade one program. She has spent her entire teaching career acquainting herself with Connecticut students. For the last seven years she worked at Independent Day School in Middlefield as an associate teacher of grades K-3. At Independent Day School, she set an example of community stewardship. For four years, Root was the United Way campaign coordinator and associate director of summer programs. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Quinnipiac University.
Mooreland Hill students hail from communities throughout central Connecticut. The school offers a full slate of curricular and co-curricular activities. The school also has a robust roster of interscholastic athletics including field hockey, soccer, basketball, softball, baseball, and tennis beginning in grade five.
Mooreland Hill School was founded in Kensington in 1930. Since its founding, the school has prepared children for the challenges and opportunities awaiting them not only in secondary school and college, but also in life. With a long history of caring and individual attention, the faculty of the school has provided the opportunities and the education to allow young people to explore the world around them. It is the faculty’s spirited and knowledgeable teaching that brings a sense of wonder and excitement to the process of discovery. To learn more call (860) 223.6428 or visit the school online at www.mooreland.org.