Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School Represents Area at State and National Conferences

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Administration, faculty and staff from Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School, will attend and present at the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES) and the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) conferences on November 21 – 22.

Dr. Janet Pullen, head of school at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School

"This is an exclusive opportunity, and we’re thrilled to represent our school and Florida at a state and national level – bringing this area’s expertise to the forefront," said Pullen, head of school at Saint Stephen's Episcopal School.

Administration, faculty and staff from Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School, a private, independent, co-educational, college preparatory school in Bradenton, Fla., will attend and present at the National Association of Episcopal Schools(NAES) and the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) conferences on November 21 – 22.

Dr. Janet Pullen, head of school at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School, and Father Nathan Speck-Ewer, the school chaplain and the assistant Lower School director, are attending the NAES conference in Anaheim, Calif. Dr. Pullen will present on the topic of emotional intelligence in the school curriculum and school culture. Father Nathan will discuss changing from within and the power of teacher coaching.

“Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School is honored to attend and present at the NAES and FCIS conferences,” said Dr. Pullen, a respected member of the 18-seat NAES board. “This is an exclusive opportunity, and we’re thrilled to represent our school and Florida at a state and national level – bringing this area’s expertise to the forefront.”

Five presenters from Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School will present at the FCIS conference in Jacksonville, Fla. The presenters include:

  • Sally Altrocchi, coordinator of community activities, on seamless integration and the “whys” of emotional intelligence in the classroom
  • Andrew Forrester, the Upper School director, on teacher to director and the reflections from year one to 10
  • Sam Lindsay, director of technology, on the Hovercraft Battle Bot Engineering Challenge
  • Joni Mandel, a fifth grade teacher, and Marlene Yanelli, a fourth grade teacher, on technology project-based learning, integrating reading and American history

Pullen, a University of Pennsylvania doctoral program graduate in education leadership and organization, will speak about a national topic she strongly believes in – emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is the notion that schools and even businesses are more successful by recognizing and incorporating a person’s emotional quotient (EQ) as well as the traditional intelligence quotient (IQ).

“We strive to teach the importance of balancing children’s sense of self with their sense of others beginning at a young age,” said Pullen. “It can be a crucial character-building tool. Our goal is for our students to understand what motivates actions, have empathy for others and manage those skills, which will certainly help them identify who they are and appreciate and respect how others might feel.”

About Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School
Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School is a private, independent, co-educational, college preparatory school in Bradenton, Fla. Saint Stephen’s delivers world-class education, excellent extracurricular experiences and exciting programs like AP course work, the iPad initiative, a band/strings program, a global education program, K-12 daily foreign language program and our Marine Science Initiative, to name a few.

Saint Stephen's sits on a gated, 35-acre campus, which includes a state-of-the-art athletic complex that hosts school athletic events including soccer, football, track and field, lacrosse, baseball, softball, tennis and cheerleading. At every level, from PK3 through grade 12, students are nurtured in small classes, encouraged and supported in their academic pursuits. Students benefit from programs and educational models that have proven successful by Saint Stephen’s students who are excelling today in colleges and universities around the world. Saint Stephen's is proud of its rich academic offerings that go hand-in-hand with a strong college counseling program, a wide variety of competitive sports teams, a creative fine arts program, and many community service learning opportunities. For more information about Saint Stephen’s, please visit http://www.saintstephens.org.

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