Kendall Gilbert

Kendall Gilbert

Hollygrove Lead Teacher

I obtained my undergraduate and graduate degree from the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations. My education and work experience in Labor Studies allows me to integrate real life and workforce skills into lessons. I also have a 6th year degree in Educational Leadership from University of Bridgeport.
In my 4 years in New Haven Public Schools, I worked tirelessly to create a classroom culture that was both demanding and nurturing to a diverse range of students. Working with at-risk students, presented a variety of challenges, but would often yield the most remarkable and satisfying results. I have had students enter my 4th grade classroom without any previous traditional schooling. I shared in their pride when they were able to move on to 5th grade; literate in English and proficient in grade level mathematics.
As our school-wide Wellness Facilitator, I led a team of teachers to plan health and fitness programs to enhance our school’s culture and climate. I taught group fitness, Yoga, Zumba, and helped to organize a weekly running club for students and staff. I was also the facilitator of our after-school program for Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services. I provided homework support and English instruction to 25 newly placed refugee students K-8th grade. It was this extra time tutoring, encouraging, and running alongside these kids, that made a difference in their lives and mine.

Where did you go to school and what was your major?
Rutgers University- Undergrad in Labor Studies and Spanish
Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations- Masters in Labor and Employment Relations
University of Bridgeport- 6th year in Academic Leadership

What is your highest degree held?
6th year in Academic Leadership

Why did you want to be a teacher/work in education?
I come from a family of educators. I feel passionate about working with today’s youth and preparing/empowering them for when they eventually enter the larger community and workforce.

How long have you been teaching/working in education?
I have been working in education for 7 years, teaching as a certified teacher for 5.

What is your favorite thing about LCS?
I love the LCS philosophy and whole-child approach. I also find the leadership and staff to be extremely passionate about the work we do, and supporting each other!

What was your favorite book when you were the age of your students?
From the Mixed of Files of Mrs. Basil T Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg