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Faculty Friday: Elizabeth Shutters

Meet Elizabeth Shutters, Director of Curriculum and Innovation!

Since joining the Roycemore team in 2006 as a Technology Coordinator and math teacher, Beth has taken on several different roles before arriving at the role of Director of Curriculum and Innovation. Previously, she was a high school math teacher in Chicago. Though her title has changed, her commitment to supporting the school’s innovation efforts, helping teachers be the best they can be, and inspiring lifelong learning for all has remained strong. 

Beth loves helping teachers learn new things and frequently presents at local, regional, and national conferences. Recent presentation topics include effective professional development, design thinking, and using Google tools in the classroom. She is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and Educator, and teaches Google skills to pre-service teachers at National Louis University. Beth lives in Evanston with her daughter. In her spare time, she loves reading, spending time with her family, genealogy research, playing the clarinet, and baking!

When asked, “Why Roycemore?” Beth responded, “[At the time I found Roycemore] I had been teaching math and knew I would miss that, so during my interview, we worked out that I could serve as Technology Coordinator as well as teach a math class: a great fit for me. I quickly realized that this is what Roycemore is all about. We are an amazing team that works hard to make sure we are a great fit for all our students. Roycemore has gone through many changes since I began here, and I am very excited about what the future holds.”

One of Beth’s particular interests is the role of design thinking and experiential learning in the classroom. She has been instrumental in developing many of our EAGLE programs, including coming up with the EAGLE acronym, which stands for Encouraging All Griffins to Learn Experientially! One major EAGLE program is the Middle School personal passion project (P3), where each middle schooler pursues solving a problem they’d like to solve throughout the year using the design thinking process. P3 culminates in a week of experiential learning and an Expo in March. If you missed our Expo this year, you can see most of the student work here.

This year, Beth has also worked with Stefanie Rivera, head of Upper School, to develop and co-teach a new course this year called 4D: Discover, Design, Dig Deep. Students in this popular course have learned the design thinking process, applied problem-solving skills in a variety of ways, and discovered who they are as learners, with particular attention paid to our Portrait of a Graduate.

Next year, Ms. Shutters will be taking on the role of January Short Term Coordinator. JST is an opportunity for Upper School students to do a deep dive into a topic that they are passionate about. She is looking forward to partnering with Upper School teachers and students to further design thinking, problem-solving, and experiential learning through JST in the years ahead.

If you are interested in learning more about Roycemore’s Signature Programs, we encourage you to schedule a tour at www.roycemoreschool.org/campustour or (847) 866-6055.