Finding a Home at School

Responsive Classroom is an educational approach that emphasizes the important role of positive community in developing students’ academic, social, and emotional skills. Marcy Gorman describes how integrating the values and practices of Responsive Classroom into her classroom has aligned with her personal search for community.

Marcy represented her school at the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ’s Quest for Teaching Excellence Story Slam.

Marcy Gorman grew up in Huntington, Long Island and attended college in upstate NY. She met her husband of 20 years working in the fitness industry in NYC. We have two beautiful children ages 17 and 14. Marcy has been working in the school system for 11 years. She went to school for exercise physiology/education and then worked in the fitness industry for 17 years. Due to her husband's job, she moved to Florida where she began my journey with teaching. Marcy taught at a public elementary school in Weston, Florida for 4 years. Upon her return to the Tri-State area, she began her search for a teaching job. Having a sister-in-law in a Jewish Day school, she added private schools to her search and upon walking into GOA for an interview, she knew that this could be her second home.

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