Lead Teacher: The Dragons
Addie Rosenberg joined Middle Way in 2019 as lead teacher for the Dragons (ages 7-8). Addie earned an MA in Education with dual certification (birth to 6th grade) and a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in History and Developmental Psychology from Sarah Lawrence College. She taught 4th and 5th grade science at the New York City Montessori Charter School in the Bronx. She also taught a first and second grade multiage ICT classroom. She has experience from pre-Kindergarten-kindergarten and third-fourth grade classrooms at The Neighborhood School and Ella Baker in New York City, where she engaged children in activities to develop math, literacy, science, social emotional skills. Addie is an intellectual deep thinker when it comes to education. She has a complex understanding of literacy for children and is always connecting that understanding to practice. Her way of connecting with kids is very respectful, patient, loving, and kind. She is able to hold their attention in a lovely way. It’s a rare skill to be able to be soft spoken and still command respect and she can do that.
We asked Addie to introduce herself:
“I am so excited to be a part of The Middle Way School community. I’ve known I wanted to be a teacher since I was 14 and have been dreaming of finding a community and school that share my values as a teacher. I have worked for many years in the New York City school system and have been trained in progressive education with a strong background in emergent curriculum, literacy, and play, and their role in the classroom.
“I truly believe in the philosophy and pedagogy of The Middle Way School. Teaching children to be thinkers and doers will only promote positive outcomes. Having a school that empowers students will only benefit society as a whole. I believe in building an autonomous classroom, where children have a voice. Growing a classroom where everyone is included and accepted is a huge priority. Children are naturally curious and acknowledging and fostering this in the classroom is essential. Children’s passion and drive to learn will only be enhanced when they answer their own questions through inquiry-based activities. I am committed to creating an environment that helps children achieve their full potential. My love of history, science, theater, art and literature will contribute to this mission.”