Lead Teacher: The Owl Class

 Hannah Sunshine is a second generation elementary school teacher who came to us via our contacts at Sarah Lawrence College. She will be teaching the advanced class of 9-10 year-olds in 2020-2021. Students who graduate from this class will be ready for 5th grade, and ready for the world! Hannah loves teaching outside and making connections across all the domains of learning. We are excited to see our Owls soar. Welcome Hannah!

I have more than a decade of teaching experience in a variety of school settings, and have worked with children ages 4-12. Most recently, I taught fourth grade and Pre-K at Poughkeepsie Day School. I received an MSEd in Early Childhood and Childhood Education from Sarah Lawrence College. It was there that I learned to value children as individuals and create curriculum that is engaging and developmentally appropriate. My BA is from Bard College where I studied Anthropology.

As a teacher, I aim to be thoughtful in my planning, but flexible and responsive to my students. I enjoy taking on new projects and topics, and when doing so, always seek to expand inclusivity and representation within my classroom. I also bring a passion for outdoor learning, and for years led hikes and overnight trips at a few summer camps. I am excited for the new opportunities for environmental learning that teaching at Middle Way will open up. Additionally, I am eager to join such a supportive community with which I already share many values, and one that will make space for discovery within my teaching practice.

Outside of school, you can find me with my husband Devon and my daughter Maya. We love spending time outdoors as a family exploring nature. I also enjoy cooking, reading, knitting, listening to podcasts, and finding new and exciting dimensions of the wonderful Hudson Valley. Seeing Maya discover and interact with the world around her is my greatest joy.