My name is Bellamy Taylor-Pines and I’ve been teaching at Roycemore for three years now. However, this is my 17th year spent at Roycemore, as I was previously a Roycemore student, and attended Roycemore from JK through 12th grade! After graduating from Roycemore, I went to Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in teaching Reading and Social Studies. Before getting hired at Roycemore, I spent a year as a 4th grade assistant teacher at Francis W. Parker School.
I teach all the core subjects in 2nd grade. In Lower School, we use thematic units to integrate a good portion of our curriculum around a central theme. In 2nd grade, our thematic units are Native Americans, Simple Machines, Human Rights Activists, and the Rainforest.
In addition to being the 2nd grade teacher, I also run an after school coding club at Roycemore, teach a course for Roycemore’s Inspiration Factory program, and teach a Makerspace class for Northwestern’s Center for Talent Development.
When I’m not teaching, I enjoy cooking, spending time with friends and family, skiing in Colorado, and taking aerial arts circus classes.
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
I teach because I hope to help kids find their passion in life and become independent thinkers. I provide a lot of projects for my students that allow them to have choice in their own learning, problem solve, and make real world connections. When my students leave my class, I hope that they feel accomplished and capable of taking on challenges.
When I was a student at Roycemore, I always felt cared for, supported, and knew that my voice was being heard. I loved going to school and thrived from being in a small community where I felt known and understood. Now being a teacher, I only have more appreciation for how special a Roycemore education is. Our ability to get to know each student and cater to their specific needs is what makes us so unique.