Middle School Spanish Teacher Named the 19th Clark Faculty Chair
During the Academy's annual opening assembly, Jennifer Brown, Middle School Spanish teacher, was named the 19th Clark Faculty Chair by the Board of Trustees and Interim Head of School Ashley Birtwell.
The Clark Faculty Chair was established in 2003 by Sewickley Academy’s Board of Trustees in honor of Ham Clark’s 15-year tenure as Headmaster of Sewickley Academy and his wife, Ceci Clark’s, many contributions to the life of the school.
“The Clark Faculty Chair honoree is a master teacher, a trusted colleague, and a valued mentor to her peers. With more than two decades of experience in the classroom and an academic background that has taken her to exceptional colleges and universities both nationally and internationally, this year’s recipient is a model of the very best teachers at Sewickley Academy,” Vice Chair of the Board Brad Busatto ’88 said.
“Students describe her classroom as an educational playground, and they can find information and cultural artifacts from around the world as they immerse themselves in their studies,” he continued. “For example, one of her students writes: ‘This teacher helped me so much this year. It was my first year at SA, and I had never taken a language before. She always makes me laugh in class and is, in my opinion, the best teacher I have had.”
Mrs. Brown is a Baccalaureate Honors graduate from Boston College with a degree in Spanish; she also studied at the Universidad de Salamanca and the Universite de Laval. A lifelong learner, she has attended countless conferences, workshops, and institutes on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, as well as teaching and curriculum. She has also served on the Faculty and Staff Diversity Committee and as a Department Chair, Grade Dean, and sponsor of the Student Diversity Club.