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Mollie Lammers

Faculty Information
Location(s) Middle School
Title(s) Middle School Grade 6 Math/Science
Contact Information
School Email
School Phone
(828) 274-0758   x369
Degree(s) B.A., Miami University- Ohio
M.A.T., Miami University- Ohio
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Mollie Lammers is a Grade 6 math and science teacher in the Middle School. Molly taught seventh grade at CDS from 1999-2001 and taught fifth grade from 2008-2016. Her husband, Andy Lammers, teaches in the Upper School, and all three of their children attend CDS. After Mollie graduated from college, she taught outdoor/environmental education to primarily first through eighth graders in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She then went back to school to get her master of arts in teaching degree, during which time she continued to lead backpacking trips for tenth graders.

Get to know Mollie Lammers:
In what ways can you teach/engage children at CDS that you couldn't at other schools? “I feel like the CDS educational community gives the faculty a great deal of freedom to teach a meaningful, connected, and well-thought out curriculum in all subject areas. I feel encouraged to use my own unique teaching style, and I am also supported when helping students navigate social situations that are important to their social-emotional growth. CDS strives to educate the whole child, not just provide structured learning in the traditional academic sense. New ideas are always welcomed, and the faculty is always looking to try new things in order to enrich the experience for every student.”
What do you like most about your job at CDS? “I like working with students to help them push themselves beyond their comfort levels and learn to take risks, as well as make observations and connections. I also like collaborating with bright, fun, and funny colleagues. They are a diverse group of people, and each one has something unique to bring to the table.”
In your opinion, how does the CDS community inspire students to be courageous and curious, wonder about things that they don’t understand, try new things, and develop individual passions? “The curriculum at CDS inherently encourages curiosity and creativity. At every grade level in the Lower School, for example, there are projects that include varying amounts of choice, and students are encouraged to follow their interests when making these choices. Questions are always welcomed, and sometimes students even take on independent research in order to further their learning that started in the classroom. Some of this can be seen in the after-school classes that are offered in the Lower School. Sometimes it is just in the nature of a CDS student to be curious and not afraid to branch out and seek information that they need to answer the questions that they have. These are the kinds of students that we often have here at CDS.”
How would you describe your classroom? My classroom is warm (because I am always cold), and hopefully an inviting place to be. It can be noisy when there is a lot of excited learning going on, when students are working together or making connections. I feel like it is a safe place to ask questions, explore ideas, and learn about oneself.”
What books and authors inspire you? “While I do read professionally and I do my best to keep up with current philosophies and movements in education, I take my main inspiration for my curriculum, my classroom, and my teaching from my own educational experience. I was blessed with the opportunity to grow and learn in independent schools my whole life, and I had many teachers who inspired me or who shaped me into the learner and teacher that I am today.”
What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning? “If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by recognizing that you are the author & every day you have the opportunity to write a new page.” -Mark Houlahan
How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less?I enjoy helping students discover who they are as learners. (In other words, I like helping them learn about themselves, not just the content and skills related to the subjects taught in my classroom.)”
Which classroom projects/events are you known for? The fifth grade as a whole is known for our fall overnight trip, Cornerstone, which is built into our program to prepare the students for a year of working together on pizza sales, Carolina Kids News, and other projects. The focus of this trip is team-building and cooperation, and the activities provide opportunities for the students to learn life lessons about working with others. Similarly, our spring trip (called High Country School) is the culminating experience in their year of “transformations.” They participate in three days of challenges and reflections that help them look back at what they have learned in the Lower School and see what they will be bringing with them to the Middle School. Much is learned about themselves and each other during these two experiences that stand as bookends around our fifth-grade year. In math and science specifically, the fifth graders typically enjoy their experiences building eco-columns during our Ecosystems unit, and designing and building their geologic models at the end of our Earth Science unit. The model requires students to use information learned over the course of the unit, to plan/design, build and revise a working model that moves in some way to illustrate the geologic process that is responsible for the dominant land formation in the US National Park that they studied/researched.”
What personal passion brings balance to your life? “Quality time with my husband and my children, occasionally reading for pleasure, going for a walk, time at the beach.”
How is CDS different from what you experienced as a child in school? “I love how CDS is so intentional about educating the whole child. While high academic standards are upheld, the faculty here spends a considerable amount of time working with students on learning integrity, respect and responsibility, compassion, and striving for one’s personal best. While I received a top-notch education growing up, I don’t remember these things being stressed at school. They were learned at home and certainly reinforced at school, but not explicitly taught. I think that this is valuable in today’s world because the family structures in the home can vary so much, and children experience social situations today that I never had to deal with when I was young (e.g. technology/social media for communication).”
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