Every student has different passions, growth areas, needs, and goals for the future. The Summit Learning Teacher Residency — a one-year preparation program — trains educators to take a more personalized approach to teaching, with the ultimate goal of equipping every student to live a fulfilled life.
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The Teacher Residency offers the opportunity for aspiring educators to spend a year honing their personalized teaching skills. The program fosters a “hands on” approach: Residents teach in a middle- or high-school classroom, while also completing coursework leading to a California Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential.
Residents spend four days a week with a Cooperating Teacher, engaging students in deeper learning projects, empowering self-directed learning, developing student habits and skills that lead to success, and nurturing a strong sense of classroom community. Over the course of the year, residents evolve from observation to independently teaching one class section for the second semester.
Residents spend one day a week engaging with personalized learning experiences and coursework, mirroring the overall learning approach; residents engage in a project-based curriculum that is competency-based, self-directed, and student-centered. Over the course of the program, Residents collaborate with a diverse cohort of future teachers and engage in critical conversations about equity and inclusion.
The Teacher Residency is a one-year commitment and an investment in a future career as an educator. Residents pay tuition for the program and receive a living stipend during the duration of the residency program.
I’ve learned a lot of different strategies for all aspects of teaching, and I’ve had a lot of time to try these strategies with students. At the beginning of the year, so much of this was new to me, but now I feel confident about my ability to full-time teach independently next year. I have also become more excited about teaching than ever as I loved my students and they made me smile every day.
The Summit Learning Teacher Residency supports a diverse cohort of Teacher Residents in developing the skills and habits of high-quality, personalized learning educators. Meet some of our phenomenal Residents and alumni!
The Residency program was an opportunity for April to follow a path towards her professional goals and learn essential teaching skills through a personalized learning model and with a highly effective Cooperating Teacher. April was a Resident at Summit Rainier and is now in her second year teaching History at Summit Tahoma in San Jose, California.
Devonna found her passion for teaching during her undergraduate studies at Cal Poly Pomona. After spending a year as a tutor at Summit Tahoma, she joined the first cohort of the Summit Learning Teacher Residency. She is now in her second year as a Math Teacher at Summit Tahoma in San Jose, California.
Edwin joined the Summit Learning Teacher Residency because he had observed the challenges of the traditional educational model and knew that meeting the needs of individual students would require an innovative approach. Edwin was a Resident at Summit Shasta and is now teaching Spanish in his Southern California hometown.
Before discovering his passion for teaching, Eric was a writer in Los Angeles. He spent his Residency at Summit Shasta and is now in his first year teaching creative writing and journalism for Summit’s Expeditions program.
Residents are supported by a team of individuals offering guidance and development throughout the program. This team includes:
We learn with and from each other. We know each other and care for each other as humans and as colleagues.
We approach our work with a learner mindset. We give and receive feedback for the purpose of learning. We value and practice reflection as individuals and as a community.
We hold high expectations for ourselves and others. We grow to reach those expectations with support that is personalized. We work towards equitable outcomes for all — student and adult learners.
We take a student-centered, constructivist approach to teaching and learning for students and adults. We empower student and adult learners to have ownership of their learning. We value transparency and openness.
We intentionally build a diverse cohort. We work to create an environment that is inclusive and safe, in which we value multiple perspectives and seek to understand each other.
Pam has over 15 years of experience in education as a teacher, school leader, and instructional coach. Since 2014, Pam has successfully led the development of Summit programs that serve as pipelines and preparation into teaching. Pam holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego, a Master’s in Education and a teaching credential from Stanford University, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership and an administrative credential from the University of California, Berkeley. Pam spends her free time dancing, baking, and playing outside with her two children.
Prior to joining the Summit Learning Teacher Residency, Grace served as a principal, assistant principal, and teacher for ten years in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area. Grace holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Florida. She enjoys watching sports, spending time with her children, and cheering them on in all of their after-school activities.
Molly brings 10 years of experience in education to her work leading the Bay Area region of the Teacher Residency. She has led programs to train and support new educators since 2013 and collaborated on the design and launch of the Residency program at Summit in 2016. She holds a Master’s in Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s in Child Development and Community Health from Tufts University. In her free time, you’ll find Molly exploring the Bay, traveling to new places, and enjoying time with family and friends.
Emily joined Summit as an English teacher in 2013 — just as Summit transitioned its instructional model. In 2017, she joined the Teaching Residency as a founding mentor to inspire, educate, and support a new generation of educators. When not focusing on figuring out how to communicate strategies for personalized learning to new teachers, she enjoys baking, traveling, and learning new languages.
Kelly Smith joined the Summit Learning Teacher Residency Team in July 2018 as the Recruitment Manager. Prior to Summit, Kelly spent over 10 years in the education industry managing and developing recruitment activities for various organizations and districts throughout Northern California. A Bay Area native, Kelly holds a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University.