A Message from Sue


Dear Step One Friends and Family,

A school, like a classroom, is a community. It is shaped by its traditions, its rituals, its structures and its friendships. Most of all (and again like a classroom!) Step One is shaped by the tireless work of many people who toil behind the scenes to make us shine.

This December 2018 issue of Step One Connect focuses on “What Makes Step One Tick” — all the work that’s happening that might not be visible on the surface.

In this month’s teacher profile, Maria Llambi discusses Step One’s substitute system and how it allows teachers both new and experienced to learn and grow. We also spoke to two of our volunteers: Jenny Herbert Creek, who gives her time and financial expertise so generously as co-chair of Step One’s Board of Trustees, and Diana Papatia, whose devotion is part of what makes Room One such a special place.

The team from Conscious Construction is on-site every day working on realizing the school’s vision for Step Two: we talked with Matt Grober, Project Head, about what it takes to bring this exciting project in on-schedule and on-budget with minimal classroom disruption. Plus, we offer a gallery of construction photos demonstrating our progress.

Finally, though our families interact with our amazing office staff daily, those encounters are only the tip of the iceberg. In honor of their efforts, we asked Daniel Paige to share a part of his role that happens behind the scenes as well as a favorite school tradition for this quarter’s “How Step One Can You Be”.

In the morning classrooms, rester rooms, and Late PM program, it’s the interactions between skilled teachers that make magic. Each of these people is absolutely unique, but they are all Step One. They do their work thanks to the actions of countless individuals, including all our families past and present who bring your children, your insights, and your love.

We could not succeed without our families and alums who contribute volunteer hours serving on the Board, leading activities in the classroom, washing the laundry, cooking breakfast at the Campout, buying crickets for the class pets, and on and on. Thank you!

We’re grateful for everything you do. Enjoy this insight into “What Makes Step One Tick”!

Sue Britson