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Why We Teach at Madeira

Dr. Xiaofu Ding, World Languages Department Chair

 "What brought me to Madeira and makes me feel appreciated and welcomed is the diversity of faculty and staff and the diversity of the student body. Madeira is such a welcoming and accepting community! Students, faculty, and staff come from different ethnic, cultural, political, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and they contribute equally to the well-being of our community."

 

 


Tasia Harris, Assistant Director of Co-Curriculum

 “The best thing about working in the Co-Curriculum Office is helping students figure out their place in the world and the mark they want to leave behind. Our office is incredibly lucky to be able to support the students at Madeira in that endeavor.”

 

 

 


Sasha Newman, Arts Department Chair

 "I joined Madeira because of the theater program. I was excited by the opportunity to create imaginative set designs, teach students to build, and pass on my love of technical theater. I choose to stay at Madeira because of the opportunities to grow and be innovative in my approach to education. I have never been afraid of change and I appreciate that Madeira wants to stay on the cutting edge. The arts at Madeira are well-loved and supported, something I haven't found in many other schools. "

 

 


Glen Russell, Math Department Chair

 "I was teaching in China when I first saw Madeira's mission of launching women who change the world. My then five-month old daughter was crawling around. I read the mission and then looked at her. I got really touched and started to tear up. I thought, man, I need to get myself there. My time at Madeira has only strengthened my belief in the mission"

 

 

 


Kate Scott, STEAM Specialist

 "I choose to teach at Madeira because of the students and the way that the School empowers young women. Madeira graduates are so impressive and are the future leaders of this world. It's inspiring and such a great honor to teach here."

 

 

 


Shields Sundberg, History Teacher

 "3 things drew me back to Madeira. They were here when I started teaching at Madeira 15 years ago and they are here now. 1. Fostering leadership in girls. Not just for the sake of the tagline, but allowing girls to dig into who they are and to feel comfortable with themselves. 2. Elite education without entitlement. To be aware that not everyone lives like we do. Many schools grapple with this challenge, but Madeira keeps its girls grounded. It's one thing to talk about social justice, but another to work in support of a larger purpose. 3. Academic skills. Madeira blends age-old traditions with innovative ideas."

 

 


Becky Zahradnik, Dean of Students

 "I continue to teach at Madeira because of the community of people I have found here, both students and adults. The students are dedicated and want to learn and form relationships with adults and with each other. The adults want to support each other and Madeira's mission, along with their desire to help students be their best, most thoughtful selves. And together, we all pitch in to take care of and look out for each other in this small community."