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  • Spring 2016 – French Pre-K through 5: Celebration!

    In French, the students will be introduced to the early basics of the French language by employing each child’s natural inquisitiveness.  Topics and direction will be determined as students make requests in an open dialogue with the instructor, during the flow of conversation.

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  • Spring 2016 - Lower School: 3-5 – Literacy

    The children in this grade 3-5 class are welcomed into an environment immersed in literature study on a daily basis.

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    Brittany Gaines, M. A.
  • Spring 2016 – Lower School: 3-5 – Math

    The 3-6 math program covers a wide range of topics, staggering to accommodate learners at all levels and all stages of readiness. An emphasis is placed throughout the year on building fluency in computation, which is not dependent on memorization, but on an in-depth understanding of how numbers work in our base 10 number system.

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  • Spring 2016 - Lower School: Pre-K-5 – Reading Workshop

    In an effort to better meet the varying needs of our students, teachers of the lower team bring students in PreK through 5th grade together twice a week for reading workshop.

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  • Spring 2016 – Lower School: 3-5 – STEAM

    The purpose of this class is to allow students to study and understand the use of technology in several disciplines, specifically Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. The focus of the class is to allow students to work in both small groups and individually to understand how technology is used in these disciplines both now and in the future.

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    Richard Knab
  • Spring 2016 – Lower School: 3-5 – Work Time

    Work Time is designed to provide our students with an opportunity to actively engage with the school environment and to take a meaningful and self-directed role in learning. Because children are naturally curious and eager to understand their world, it is important to provide time and opportunities for them to deeply explore concepts and topics of interest to them.

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  • Spring 2016 | Elective – Electronics

    Students enrolled in the Electronics class will spend the session designing and building either individual electronic projects or working on larger projects. They will learn soldering, basic electronics, and the use of Arduino based microcontrollers.

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    Richard Knab
  • Spring 2016 | Electives – Street Games

    The weather is getting warmer and it’s time to go outside and play some games.  In this class we will play different outdoor games that children and teenagers have played for ages.  Kickball, Wiffle Ball, Kick the Can, Hide and Seek, Tag, Four Square, Hopscotch, and Crack the Whip are just a few examples of games we might play.  On Tuesdays we plan to travel to the Harbor School and play on their campus while on Thursdays we will play at school.  Participation is a must.  Having fun is also require Pellentesque nullam.

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    Sandy Miller
  • Spring 2016 | Electives – Stage Makeup

    Explore the world of stage makeup.  Students in this class will begin by learning about the different materials used in creating special effects on stage and in film.  They will then learn techniques and apply stage makeup to create various personas.

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  • Spring 2016 | Electives – Lego Construction

    This elective seeks to prompt students to discover the fun and relevance of designing with Legos.  The course will be student directed; the students will investigate real cities, fictional places and structures constructed with Legos.

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  • Spring 2016 | Electives – Jewelry Making and Beading

    Practice the skills and techniques of jewelry-making.  Students will use different materials to design and create their own jewelry pieces.  Projects will range from simple to complex: from simple string beading, pendant making, rope braiding to the use of wire or leather.

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  • Spring 2016 | Electives – Gardening and Outdoor Construction

    This course invites students to understand basic building skills for the suburban gardener. They will learn simple and practical tips for choosing the appropriate tools, materials, and designs for several garden projects

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  • Spring 2016 | Electives – Cross Country

    The F. Bliss Price Arboretum is one of Eatontown’s hidden gems. In this class, we will use this natural resource and preserve to our advantage in multiple ways. We will get outside and enjoy immersing ourselves in nature while being active and building physical fitness.

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    Lucas Kelly, M.S.
  • Spring 2016 | Electives – Basketball

    Basketball is a wonderful sport. It’s a sport of precision, a sport of control and a sport that requires a athletic and physical endurance. Let’s take the skills we learned in our last sports class and focus them in on one specific sport; basketball. We will travel to basketball gyms and learn the basic rules and regulations of playing basketball on a regulations size court.

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    Lucas Kelly, M.S.
  • Spring 2016 | Electives – Street Art

    Students in this elective will be exploring various techniques of street art. Through hands on art experiences and research students will create their own version of famous street art found in our area. Students will be able to create their own logo and name to incorporate into each of their art pieces.

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    Emma Nuneviller
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  • Spring 2016 | Essentials – Stop Motion

    The purpose of this weekly essential is to allow students to discover the art of stop motion. Students with prior animation experience have an opportunity to experiment with different techniques to create a finished movie. The plan of the class is for the students to learn different animation techniques and materials such as claymation, stop motion with Legos, animation using drawing, and pixilation using live people. The next step will be to create a storyboard to plan the movie and associated shot list. Following this step, the students can use iPads or cameras to capture the individual images necessary to make a movie. The final step will be adding sound and effects using the iMovie software

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  • Spring 2016 | Essentials – Yoga

    Yoga is an ancient practice that can bring the physical, mental and spiritual aspects within each of us into balance. In this class, students will be invited to safely explore the physical postures of yoga to bring about a deeper awareness of themselves, and methods to bring that awareness into their daily lives

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    Jane Kleinman
  • Spring 2016 | Essentials – Working for the Earth: Found Object Sculpture

    For the found object sculpture component of the Working for the Earth we will explore the ideas we have and the ways we can work with recycled materials to have our visions come to life.

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    Lisa Bagwell
  • Spring 2016 | Essentials – Upcycled Clothing and Crafts

    Do you have a drawer full old t-shirts or jeans you’ve outgrown and would like to learn how to either freshen them up or turn them into something completely different?

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  • Spring 2016 | Essentials – Service Club

    The Voyagers’ Community Service Club seeks to introduce students to the importance and the rewards of participating in community projects to help others and the environment

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  • Spring 2016 | Essentials – Photography

    This class will explore the many aspects of capturing a quality photograph and then explore techniques to alter and adapt photos using Adobe Photoshop techniques. Regardless of the medium, balance in composition, contrast and tone are all important elements to a good piece of art

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    Andrea Phox
  • Spring 2016 | Essentials – Machine Sewing

    In this course students will build their knowledge of the sewing machine by exploring its anatomy, learning how to operate the machine safely, and how to create basic stitches.  They will then put these skills to practice as they complete small projects of choice.

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  • Spring 2016 | Essentials – Guitar

    This class will move from the basics of beginner guitar to intermediate level. Students will learn first position chords, music theory, single note rhythms and rock riffs, all through the teachings of today’s music and songs. They will also take a look at some history in music, and where the songs they are learning come from

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    Quincy Mumford
  • Spring 2016 | Essentials – Film Critique

    In this 7-week course, students will watch and analyze two foreign films: “The 400 Blows” (in French) by Director Francois Truffaut, and “Slumdog Millionnaire” an Anglo-Indian film by Director Danny Boyle (in English).

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  • Spring 2016 | Essentials – Disc Golf

    Disc Golf is a sport that is very similar to regular golf with a twist. Rather than hitting a ball with a club into a hole, players in disc golf see how many throws it takes to make a frisbee disc land in a target.

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    Richard Knab
  • Spring 2016 | Essentials – Running

    Now that Spring is upon us it is time to be active in the outdoors once again. Let’s run with it! Exercise is the basis for physical and emotional wellness. During this class will learn the rudiments of running as a sport and as a way of keeping fit

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  • Spring 2016 | Essentials – Cheer

    Cheerleading consists of an enthusiastic, dynamic, fun, hardworking group of young men and women who commit time to the overall success of their team. Dancing is moving rhythmically to music, moving quickly, and in a lively manner. During this class, students will come to know themselves better kinesthetically and be challenged to work together as a team.

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  • Spring 2016 | Essentials – Acting and Improv

    Are you a dramatic person? Do you like to yell out the first thing that comes to mind? If so, you may be a natural at improvisational theater, which is designed to help actors and entertainers step out of their comfort zone and speak publicly without fear of embarrassment.

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    Emma Nuneviller
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Brittany Gaines, M. A.

Elementary Learning Specialist

Teacher/Researcher ~ 3-5

Brittany Gaines has a B.A. in Childhood Studies from Rutgers University and a M.A.T. in Elementary Teaching from The College of New Jersey.   She has earned Professional Eligibility Certificates, Elementary Education 1 – 6 & Middle School Mathematics 4 – 9, in the State of Maryland;  Instructional I, Elementary K – 6th & Mid-Level Mathematics 7th – 9th, in the State of Pennsylvania; and CEAS, Elementary Education K – 5th, in the State of New Jersey. Brittany has 7 years of elementary teaching experience.  She began her teaching career as an Assistant Teacher for four years in both first and second grade.   As a lead teacher, she taught first grade for two years. Most recently, she served as a junior kindergarten teacher in Washington, D.C. 

In the after hours, while in Pennsylvania, Brittany coached Junior Varsity Softball for four seasons, Junior Varsity Girls’ Soccer for three seasons, and Junior Varsity Volleyball for one season. She was also a part of the National Institute of the Progressive Education Network’s first cohort of educators.  She had the opportunity to visit two progressive schools, spending a week on each campus fully immersed in progressive education theory and practice.  Brittany is very excited to begin a new chapter of her teaching career here at Voyagers’. At Voyagers' Community School Brittany will be the head teacher in the grades 3-5 classroom.

Richard Knab

Director of Admissions
S.T.E.A.M. Specialist

Rich has been a teacher at Voyagers' Community School since its inception. Starting with a weekly hands-on math class and after school robotics program, Rich’s involvement with the school grew over three years into a full-time teaching position.

Rich attended New Jersey Institute of Technology and Thomas Edison State University where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Education. Rich brings to his teaching his experience in engineering and software industries and his extensive woodworking skills to all of his classes. He chooses to teach through analogies and hands-on experiences and relates subjects to real life. He is attuned to children’s “out-of-the-box,” problem-solving techniques and is devoted to encouraging and preserving this way of thinking. Rich is an engineer and an artisan whose handmade light tables and recently constructed loft grace the classrooms at Voyagers'. These inspire students to create and to connect art with science, math, and technology.

Rich has been the coach of the Voyagers’ First Lego League Robotics Team since 2007. Over the years he has taught and mentored the team which achieved two invitations to the New Jersey state championships, one of which they won! He has won the Coach/Mentor of the Year award for his efforts in preparing FLL Robotics teams.

Currently, Rich is the Director of Admission and also heads the Technology Center. He teaches Upper School math, high school science, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) classes. He also teaches various Electives and Essentials to all ages. His summer camp offerings have included robotics, technology, skateboard construction, rocketry, chemistry, and woodworking. In fact, several summers age Rich's summer camp students built two canoes which they donated to the Girls Scouts of the Jersey Shore.

Professionally, Rich’s passion for and understanding of progressive education has driven him to present at various educational conferences. Most recently he has offered a seminar about the Voyagers’ Project Week initiative at the Association for Constructivist Teaching Conference.

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