Posted in Colchester High School, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, General, Malletts Bay School, Vision Summit/Vision and Strategic Plan

¡Los Mentores!

He who teaches others, teaches himself.
—John Amos Comenius, 1632

As our community stated in the Colchester School District Vision and Strategic Plan 2012–2017, “Everyone is recognized as a learner and teacher.”

Last summer, MBS third grade teacher Claudia O’Neill and CHS Spanish teacher Keren Turner hatched a plan for Ms. Turner’s students to visit with and teach Spanish to Ms. O’Neill’s students. In a nod to the district’s vision plan and as part of a creative teaching strategy, allowing the CHS students to share their knowledge with the MBS students provides them with a deeper level of understanding, and it is highly engaging to the younger students. A total of fifteen CHS students—eleven freshmen, two sophomores, and two seniors—designed mini-lessons for the MBS Ospreys that included posters, handouts, and singing songs. Two of the CHS students are already dedicated community volunteers, as well; one is a reading buddy and volunteer at Burnham Memorial Library, and another is a summertime junior counselor for Green Mountain Conservation Camps.

The Spanish lesson was well received by the students. It is a great example of inter-school collaboration within the district and of enriching classroom experiences.

For questions or for more information, please e-mail Claudia O’Neill ( or Keren Turner (

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