The annual Walkathon is an all-school event that supports professional development for our faculty and staff during the summer and throughout the year. Our teachers have benefited from programs focused on all academic disciplines, social emotional learning, making, diversity, equity, and inclusion, the arts, technology and education, and more.
As part of Gratitude Month in May, the all-school Walkathon is one of our favorite Hillbrook traditions - an opportunity to make memories, enjoy delicious food, and gather together as a community for a great cause. Walkathon donations directly support faculty and staff development, allowing Hillbrook's educators to participate in valuable local and national conferences, workshops, and summer fellowships.
Hear what our faculty and staff have to say about the impact of professional development opportunities:
"I went to teacher training at Island School in August 2018 and now I am back with 14 students and a fellow teacher to share the magic alongside of them. Truly amazing. I never would have had the confidence to bring students on this trip if I hadn’t done the summer PD by myself first. The Island School focuses on conservation, sustainability, supporting underserved communities, and challenging their own growth."
-Annie Makela, Director of the Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship
"Professional development has been instrumental in my growth as a teacher. I created the photography elective about 20 years ago. At that point I was an experienced photographer with a solid understanding of traditional darkroom techniques but had no experience with digital photography. It was through the Hillbrook professional development that allowed me to take a couple of week long Photoshop classes that propelled the photo class to where it is today."
-Greg Stamos, 6th-8th Art and Electives Teacher