Brenda HodgesHowell

6th Grade Humanities

B.A., English, Seattle Pacific University

M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Washington

Brenda serves as one of the teachers and advisors on the 6th grade team. She is passionate about active learning with others and is interested in creating learning communities that are integrated in their environment and rooted in anti-bias work. Brenda believes that by fostering positive identity and understanding of one’s own culture and the cultures of those around them, students are able to work across difference and gain more confidence and trust in themselves and their peers. Brenda also participates as the SGS Rock Climbing coach, co-facilitator of Writer’s SIG, Community Meeting Coordinator, and member of Curriculum Council.

Brenda holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in multicultural education from the University of Washington (2008) and a Bachelor’s in English from Seattle Pacific University (1999). Before coming to SGS, Brenda instructed at IslandWood, a school in the woods on Bainbridge Island, and Seattle Audubon. She also worked for the social justice organization Sojourners in Washington, D.C. where she developed a passion for justice and direct service.

Why do I love middle school? The journey into womanhood is tricky! There are constantly new ways of being to figure out, as each girl becomes more fully herself. Middle school is ripe with the potential for anyone to become anything. Our students have such strong voices, passionate beliefs, wild curiosity, and spirited relationships. Moment by moment, students are able to try new things and redefine themselves. This pivotal process is inspiring and keeps me tenaciously seeking to be my most authentic and passionate self as I walk alongside our students.

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