Hiring News and Teacher Openings

We have some news to share about our teachers for 2017-18. Cindy Brickley, our current 1st grade teacher, will be shifting gears and teaching kindergarten in the 2017-2018 school year with Jessie Dameron continuing as the teaching assistant. Cindy brings many benefits to the position. She has 36 years of teaching experience (20 of which are at The Island School), understands the needs of kindergarten and first grade children from team-teaching K/1 learning buddy projects with Kathy, and demonstrates leadership by bringing the Responsive Classroom and Wired for Reading to our classrooms. Cindy…Read more

Betsy Carroll to Retire; Mike Derzon Continuing as Music Teacher and Roving Resource

After 20 years of teaching at The Island School, Betsy Carroll is retiring from the 5th grade at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. She is looking forward to having more time to spend with her husband and to enjoy the outdoors. Mike Derzon, her 5th grade teaching partner, will be leaving our 5th grade at the same time. However, Mike will continue here as our music teacher, and will add the role of Roving Resource, which was formerly held by our co-founder Dave Leedy. We are thrilled to have Mike stepping…Read more

Retirement Announcement for Kathy Schott

June 9, 2016 Dear Families and Friends of The Island School Community, Kathy Schott, our amazing Kindergarten teacher for the past 38 of The Island School’s 39 years in existence, has decided that next year (2016-2017) will be her last year of teaching here at our school. As impossible as it is to conceive of The Island School without Kathy Schott’s spirit radiating through our hallways, Kathy insists that she is going out in a blaze of glory at the top of her game. Would we expect anything less from this amazing human…Read more

Original Board Members Visit Grandchildren

Three members of our original 1977 Board of Trustees have grandchildren enrolled in The Island School now. Those Board members were special guests at a recent Monday Morning Sing, and are pictured with their children (all alumnae) and grandchildren. Nancy Leedy, another original Board member and co-founder, also joined us that day.Read more

School Architect Honored

Congratulations to Jim Cutler, architect of our original school building. Jim was invited to join the ranks of the prestigious National Academy at an induction ceremony in New York City. He is the parent of three Island School alumnae and parent of a current student. http://www.insidebainbridge.com/2015/10/25/bi-architect-james-cutler-to-be-inducted-into-national-academy/Read more

In Memory of Our Co-founder, Dave Leedy

David Leedy, one of the founders of The Island School, teacher, friend, instiller of confidence, and all around treasure, died Saturday night, May 16, from brain cancer. In the beginning, we were three and each of us had a role.  Dave’s patience and his quiet, gentle (persevering!) manner guided us through the maze of government and bureaucratic details that resulted in The Island School being able to open its doors and welcome children.  That same quiet, gentle (and persevering) manner never let us stray from the original ideals that led us to start…Read more

In Memory of Our Retired Colleague —— Kathy Dunn

No Vegetables!   “Vegetables? Never! Snakes? Never ever! This is Kathy Dunn you’re talking to. And no monkey business either. Unless it’s time for monkey business.” This seemingly contradictory combination of expressions was the essence of Kathy Dunn, and is why students and colleagues forever remember their time with her. Kathy was simpatico. She didn’t like vegetables! She acknowledged genuine fears. One being snakes, thanks to a rude elementary classmate of hers. Kathy Dunn was one with her students, yet always firmly and kindly in charge. Anyone who spent much time around Kathy…Read more

Welcome New Faculty Members

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to The Island School’s newest faculty members! Austin Ohm joins The Island School faculty as the Art teacher. Austin holds a degree in Pre-K – Grade 12 art education and a degree in painting and drawing.  He brings a broad range of teaching experience at all grade levels into our school.  He is also a prolific working artist with expertise in nearly every area of art. We invite and encourage you to spend time on his e-portfolio at issuu.com/austingohm. Michelle Cederberg joins The Island School faculty as…Read more