Teaching and Learning Department

Teaching & Learning

District 102's vision is to ensure children are prepared to serve their communities, engage in intelligent, respectful discourse, and thrive in high school and beyond. To actualize this vision, the District utilizes varied instructional approaches designed to actively engage students in developing creativity, innovative problem-solving, empathy, and a passion for learning.

District 102's instructional approach for all students is grounded in four core principles.

We believe in instruction that is...

  • Inquiry Based - Engaging students to become invested in their own learning begins by activating their curiosity. Inquiry-based learning allows students to explore, hypothesize, and test their own thinking. Teachers facilitate the learning and coach students to find solutions that are effective, efficient and supported by evidence.

  • Multi-sensory - Typically, school instruction relies on a student's visual and auditory senses. A multi-sensory approach asks students to process their thinking through multiple pathways and to use those multiple pathways to demonstrate their understanding.

  • Equity Focused - Equity-focused instruction ensures all students have access and opportunity to high levels of learning within the classroom. Additionally, equity-focused instruction integrates multiple perspectives and allows students to see themselves, their history, and their culture reflected in their educational experience.

  • Identity Relevant - Students quickly develop identities about who they are as

    learners/people and use those identifiers to determine if they are

    good students, or smart, or successful in school. Culturally responsive teaching includes identity-relevant instructions that intentionally recognize and honors students for who they are and empower them to see themselves as capable and successful


Teaching & Learning Department Staff

Dr. Christopher L. Finch
Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning

Kathy Boxell
Director of Instructional Equity and Accountability

Maureen Lockie
Curriculum Coordinator

Lynn Lawrence
SEL & Mentoring Coordinator

Dr. Samantha Melendez
Talent Development & Enrichment Coordinator

Linda McShane
Data & Assessment Coordinator

Dr. Rachel Owens
Language Acquisition Coordinator