Henry R. Kravis '63 Center for Excellence in Teaching
The Henry R. Kravis '63 Center for Excellence in Teaching, an initiative launched by the school in the fall of 2010, is designed to make professional development for teachers a part of daily life as opposed to a “sometime thing.” Part of the school’s stated mission is “the formation of skilled and discerning minds in preparation for higher education and lifelong learning.” There is no better way to promote lifelong learning than to model the behavior as faculty members and continuously work to hone our craft as teachers, coaches and mentors of our students. The center is the brainchild of former Dean of Faculty Ned Parsons and Head of School Sheila Culbert and was made possible by the generosity of Henry R. Kravis ’63.
Sara Deveaux, Director of the Kravis Center
Sara Deveaux, a Cincinnati native and Midwesterner at heart, earned her BA from Connecticut College and MA in French from Middlebury. After two years at The Gunnery School, Sara returned to Paris to complete her masters. She then lived and worked at Westminster School where she spent 22 years as a teacher, administrator, coach and dorm parent. Sara currently teaches French 2 and CL French and enjoys guiding her students not only toward a fluency of expression and a love of learning, but also toward a greater understanding of the diverse cultures in the world in which they live. Sara is a co-lead language teacher at Klingenstein Summer Institute, a program for early-career teachers through Teachers College at Columbia University. Sara is currently working as a co-author of a new textbook, EntreCultures, to be published by Wayside. Sara lives in Simsbury, CT with her husband Jon, Ellie and Katie (Tufts ’20) and spends her summers in Williamstown, MA where she trains for the Pan-Mass Challenge on the hills of VT and NY, hikes, reads and explores a variety of cultural endeavors in the Berkshires.