Exploring Professional Development in Creative—and Unexpected—Ways

Exploring Professional Development in Creative—and Unexpected—Ways
Celebration of Giving 2021-2022


Originally published in the Celebration of Giving 2021-2022. Giving at Carroll is something we do both to build that sense of belonging in our community, and as a response to that sense of belonging—and we give in many different ways. We give our time and service. We give our advocacy. We give philanthropically. Learn more on our Giving website.

The Maureen McGuire Myers Endowment Fund for Faculty Professional Development opens the doors for our faculty to discover all the different things “professional development” can mean.

Maureen McGuire Myers lived a life that seemed to lack a single dull moment.

From her post-collegiate days touring Central and South America presenting American musical comedy, to her prolific career as a lyric soprano, to her adventures on hiking and wilderness canoe trips in Maine and beyond, her energy, good nature, and wit made her the life of any gathering—and she loved to throw a gathering.

At Carroll, Maureen was first known as a devoted parent to Alex Myers ‘91 and volunteer, and later the President of the Parents' Association, where she made it her special charge to look after teachers and staff. She joined the Board in 1992 and was a Trustee until 2007. She was always willing to lend a hand for any task that needed doing and was passionate about Carroll’s impact.

The Maureen McGuire Myers Endowment Fund for Faculty Professional Development was created by Stewart Myers after Maureen’s passing to recognize the transformative impact of Carroll School educators—and in tribute to a trailblazer with an unmatched zest for life and tireless supporter of Carroll.

Meet Carroll's 2022 Myers Fellows

This year’s Myers Fellows are a testament to the broad possibilities of the program.

Teresa Lacks, Upper School Counselor, received training at Suffolk University’s Center for Restorative Justice, gaining invaluable skills to support Carroll students’ social-emotional growth and help build a cohesive community on the Upper School campus.

Dave Johnson, Bounders Instructor, was mentored by Dan Gardoqui of Lead with Nature: an expert in wildlife tracking, bird language, and nature connection. With a deepened knowledge of nature connection and furthering of skills, Dave is eager to bring the power of nature experiences to his students.

Meghan Shea, Lower School Counselor, attended a comprehensive trauma-informed program in yoga and mindfulness practices for children and youth at Little Flower. Meghan learned new strategies and built her own skills to help Carroll students be available for learning, become more confident, and gain tools to advocate for themselves.



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