The Experienced Teachers Institute (ETI) provides an opportunity for teachers with over 10 years in the field to spend time with seasoned colleagues reflecting on their schools, their teaching, and their career paths, putting attention on the stress caused by change. Participants enjoy a few comfortable days at The Mohonk Mountain House engaging in individual thought and reflection, examining current trends and topics in the field. They have the opportunity to meet with others in subject/grade level groups to discuss curricular issues and teaching strategies, and return to school with a design for a project, new approaches to familiar challenges, and a renewed outlook. Years later, participants say the ETI experience was a highlight of their professional development career!
The Experienced Teachers institute provides chances for experienced teachers to:
Annie Spader Byerly has devoted her life to elementary education. She got her post-college start while teaching with her mother at the coed Pike School in Andover, MA, and after four years there, she taught all boys for twelve years at the Buckley School in Manhattan. Now she is in her 23rd year at The Brearley School, also in Manhattan but with all girls, from which both of her daughters graduated. Annie has spent some time teaching nursery, first grade, second grade, and third grade, and was even briefly an administrator. She has been a math specialist for Classes I-V, and an art specialist for grades N-II, but a clear majority of her years (30 years!) have been spent as a Kindergarten teacher.
Javaid Khan currently serves as the Head of the Middle Division at Horace Mann School. Prior to his appointment, he was the Head of Upper School (Grades 5-8) at Bank Street School for Children. Previously, Javaid worked in various capacities at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, including as an English Teacher, Basketball Coach, and the Director of Diversity. Javaid is the father of two and a proud alumnus of independent schools himself.
Dr. Kenny Graves (he/him) currently serves as the Upper School (9-12) Assistant Principal for Academic Life and Director of Studies at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, where he also teaches courses in media, technology, and ethics and serves as an form advisor and a coach for the Mock Trial team and Maker’s Club. Kenny is also an adjunct professor at The Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to his current role, Kenny worked as an educational technologist at Fieldston and has also worked in public schools as an award-winning English teacher and instructional coach.