The career paths might seem unrelated: actor and English teacher. But these two vocations have merged twice in Stefanie Rivera’s career as an educator. She graduated from Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre and acted professionally for five years. She always had an interest in teaching and ultimately quit the casting calls and auditions to study English and speech and drama at graduate school at National Louis University. She graduated in 2002 with a Master of Arts in Teaching.
In room 232 of the Upper School, you may find nine Roycemore Upper School students silently writing, heads bowed over their desks, eyes focused on their laptops. Instructor Dori Franck is teaching Movies and Foodies, a short course Roycemore offers during the January Short Term (JST). She devotes some of the time to practice journal writing because the habit of intentionally pausing to write down their reflections can help students understand their own behaviors.