Deanne Trummert teaches third grade. “I hope to convince kids that they can learn independently,” she explains. “Kids can learn to use their strengths to solve new problems. These students adopt the problem-solving-and-repair model to conflict very early. They take care of so many problems without intervention.” Deanne remembers after recess one day a student reported to her: “I hurt so-and-so’s feelings by laughing when he got out at four-square. I said I was sorry. Next recess we are going to practice four-square together.”
Deanne particularly enjoys teaching math and science. “I love the light-bulb effect that we often see in math,” she says. “The science concepts we work on connect many topics, and that connection is invigorating.” She finds that the flexibility afforded to teachers at CWA allows her to change curriculum and materials to fit the needs of particular students.
In addition to teaching, Deanne has coached soccer for the Upper School and the Math Olympiad team at Charles Wright. She enjoys sailing, soccer, and camping. She has been racing sailboats since she was 9 years old and also raced larger keelboats, including participating in a race from British Columbia to Hawaii.