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Eliza McLaren

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Administration, Marketing/Communications
Director of Strategic Initiatives and Marketing, Director of the Institute for Innovative Teaching and Learning
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B.A., History, Barnard College
M.A., Teaching of Social Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University
M.Ed., Independent School Leadership, Klingenstein Center, Columbia University
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R: RCDS is a wonderful community. What is your favorite thing about being a part of it?

Rye Country Day School is a place where learning is happening everywhere you look. The students are learning all the time, of course, but so are the adults in the community. Everyone is committed to making sure that the people, the community, and the institution are always learning, always growing, and always pushing ourselves to be the best we can be.

C: Currently, I am learning...

How to train my brain to think in different ways. I'm trying to learn how to draw, which requires perceiving shapes and shadows and visual cues that I haven't previously seen or noticed. I'm also practicing meditation, through which I'm learning to be more centered and present, and to focus on what matters most.

D: Describe what makes you proud of RCDS students?

When you walk through the halls at RCDS, you will undoubtedly find students engaged in deep conversation. Their passion for learning is inspiring and infectious. Most of all, though, I'm proud of how kind they are.

S: Superpowers. If you had one, what would it be and why?

The ability to be in multiple places at the same time, so that I could do more!