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Student Life

The Student Life Department supports Madeira’s mission to launch women who change the world by providing opportunities for students to develop the knowledge and skills to help them navigate and take charge of their lives in high school and beyond.

Student Life classes are designed around Madeira's community values: awareness of self and others, compassion, creativity, intellectual curiosity, integrity, and resilience. The classes provide opportunities for student to discover and develop their individual and collective identities, learn how to make healthy choices and care for themselves and others, strengthen their ability to communicate effectively and advocate for themselves and others, increase their awareness and understanding of cultural and societal issues, and build their critical thinking and analytical skills. The classes are focused on inquiry-based learning. 

Courses

Requirements

3 blocks (including 2 blocks of LAUNCH in 9th grade)

2018-2019 Student Life Faculty

Student Life Curriculum is taught by faculty and staff members from various departments, giving students the opportunity to learn from community members not usually found in the classroom. These faculty and staff members bring their unique, professional perspectives to the Student Life Curriculum. 

Class Faculty
Academic Integrity  Rebecca Brooks, Director of Information and Innovation
Emily Dowd, Librarian
Body Image, Gender, and Media Carla Belsher, Counselor
Tracie Epes, Director of Counseling
Car Maintenance and Safety Ed Hamer, Director of Facilities 
Civil Discourse Tracie Epes, Director of Counseling
Kim Newsome, Dean of Students
Communication Skills Tracie Epes, Director of Counseling
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Pilar Cabeza de Vaca, Head of School
Andre Withers, Assistant Head of School 
Exercise and the Brain Kelly Chandler, Assistant Athletic Director
First Aid, CPR, and AED Certification Peggy Sotos, Director of Nursing
Carleen Kelley, Nurse
Healthy Relationships Carla Belsher, Counselor
Introduction to College Counseling Linda Mathews, College Counselor
Sheila Reilly, Director of College Counseling 
Leadership Kelly Chandler, Assistant Athletic Director
Madeira 101 Kim Newsome, Dean of Students
Stacy Tippens, Educational Technology Specialist 
Media Literacy Emily Dowd, Librarian
Memory Audra Krupp, Learning Specialist 
Pathways to Learning Audra Krupp, Learning Specialist
Personal Safety and Awareness Jim Pollack, Director of Campus Safety and Security 
Personality Type and Identity Carla Belsher, Counselor
Tracie Epes, Director of Counseling
Public Speaking Karen Joostema, Director Communications
Kim Newsome, Dean of Students
Reading Strategies and Note Taking Audra Krupp, Learning Specialist 
Sex Education Carla Belsher, Counselor
Tracie Epes, Director of Counseling
Sarah Yarborough, Asst. Dean of Students for Campus Life
Small Talk 101 Karen Joostema, Director of Communications
Kim Newsome, Dean of Students 
The Power of Sleep Tracie Epes, Director of Counseling
Health Center Nursing Staff
Time Management and Using Resources Audra Krupp, Learning Specialist