Delores Peck (Upper Elementary Assistant Teacher)
Dolores Peck earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in French Language and Literature, hoping to use her language skills in international trade. In 1985, she earned a Master of Arts degree in International Economics and International Relations from Johns Hopkins–SAIS and had a career as an anti-dumping trade analyst. She became curious not only about trade balances and barriers to free trade, but about the education systems that nurtured these highly competitive industries.
In 1997, she created GETS (Gifted Education Time For Students), a humanities curriculum for elementary students providing in class enrichment once per week to all students. Weekly, students could view their own skill in attempts at copying aspects of great works of art from multiple cultures and periods of time. They also discussed the geopolitical, social and economic implications of changes in art trends throughout the ages.
She traveled extensively with her family during the 2000-2012 period following her husband’s diplomatic career. While overseas in Italy and England, she gained experience teaching and volunteering in local schools. From 2007 – 2009, she studied for her Lower Elementary AMS certification at the Seacoast Center for Montessori Studies in New Hampshire and taught Lower Elementary at the Montessori School of McLean. She completed her album work at Sunset Hills Montessori School in 2015 and received her AMS certification in June of 2015. In addition to her reliance on the philosophy and techniques of Dr. Maria Montessori, she takes inspiration from the work of Lev Vygostky, Rudolf Dreikurs, Daniel Pink, Edward De Bono and Adam Grant.
From 2013 to 2016, she developed hands on learning experiences that bridge abstract concepts to concrete work at Compass Home School Enrichment for grades 3 – 6 through her classes “Hands On Art History” and “Hands On Great Books for Girls.” Most recently, she taught second, fourth and third grade as a Learning Expert teacher at BASIS Independent McLean from 2016 - 2018. Her greatest is joy is learning alongside her students and watching them succeed. She is grateful to return to Sunset Hills to further her education and experience under the guidance of Karyn Robson.