Gillian Eames

Gillian Eames

Lead Teacher: Fawn Class

Gillian Eames joins us as the lead teacher in the Fawns class, which includes ages 2 and 3. The Fawns will begin at Middle Way after our new building is complete in October. Until then, Gillian will be supporting the administration and staff to help ground the opening weeks with her calm and joyful presence. Gillian is keen to delve into the spiritual aspects of our curriculum and make connections with her many years of experience in theater and movement.

I am thrilled to be joining the Middle Way School community this year. It is an honor to serve the school’s unique mission, and I’m genuinely excited to be leading the Toddler program in its first year.

I have worked in education for over 25 years. I began teaching at the St. Ann’s Pre- School in Brooklyn, where I co-taught classes of 2-3-year-olds. At St. Ann’s, I developed a deep appreciation for early childhood development through the progressive education lens, which has continued to permeate all my teaching experiences.

Since those first years, I have taught students across all divisions in New York, Italy, and Switzerland. During my years abroad, I taught Drama and English in independent schools. I also performed in touring children’s productions, sang in jazz clubs, directed and choreographed countless shows at schools, and founded a company, teaching English through performing arts workshops. I speak fluent Italian and French, and I am enjoying learning Spanish.

After nearly 20 years in Europe, my husband Patricio and I returned to the States, settling in the Hudson Valley. I soon began working at Poughkeepsie Day School, where I taught Drama in middle school and directed Auxiliary Programs. At PDS, I had the opportunity to develop programs for mixed-age groups while working daily with all the lower school children. As a yoga practitioner, it was my great joy to teach weekly yoga classes in the lower school.

As a teacher, I look for ways to put to use my love of language, theater, and movement. It always surprises me to see how children’s imaginations take flight in free play, or when inspired by songs, storytelling, or even the springboard of a few captivating props. I’m looking forward to doing this and more with the students at Middle Way!

I have three grown children living across the globe in New York City, Rome, and Zurich. I cherish the occasions when my family can converge in one place at one time.

At home, I often listen to music, sing, take long walks, work in my vegetable garden, and cook for family and friends. I enjoy reading and learning from Buddhist literature, and I find solace in contemplating the truths that the dharma offers.