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  • Spring 2016 – High School – Chemistry in Life

    This class will explore chemistry while taking a closer look at issues that are important in our daily lives. Along with learning the basics of lab chemistry, the students will apply their new knowledge in a lab setting, where they will collect data and think deeply about which choices are best for the Earth and all creatures on the Earth.

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  • Spring 2016 – High School – Chemistry Lab

    This year-long class is designed to offer a more practical and hands-on aspect to the Chemistry class for High School students. The skills attained during this lab will allow students to become familiar with laboratory equipment, supplies, safety, and techniques.

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    Richard Knab
  • Spring 2016 – High School – French 1

    In “Je comprends” students learn the basics of the French language in a self-driven manner. Topics and direction are determined as students progress in their studies and express interests in new subjects.

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  • Spring 2016 – High School – French 2

    This class builds on the knowledge gained in French I. The emphasis continues to be on spoken French. Most directions and communication in the classroom will be delivered in French. To enhance understanding of French culture, students will complete several research projects.

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  • Spring 2016 - High School - Finance and Business Math

    This class changes the way students understand personal finance and money. Students are taught how to budget, invest and make financial decisions with intent.

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    Richard Knab
  • Spring 2016 – High School – Geometry

    This year-long class is designed to enable high school students to learn the fundamentals of Geometry through a combination of hands-on activities, group discussions, and lectures. Students will build their understanding by proving a set of precepts that can then be relied upon to prove more advanced concepts.

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    Richard Knab
  • Spring 2016 – High School – Humanities

    What is a revolution? How is it different from other kinds of expressions of unrest and desire for change? Revolutions are perceived as periods of violent and chaotic change, wherein powerful forces both create and destroy.

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    Karen Giuffre’, M.Ed.
  • Spring 2016 – High School – STEAM

    The purpose of this class is to allow students to study and understand the use of technology across 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
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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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Karen Giuffre’, M.Ed.

Founding Director
Teacher/Researcher, Humanities/Social Justice

Our director received her BA in Political Science and Communications from Hood College and her M.Ed. in Education and Partnership from Goddard College. She has also participated in Advanced Studies in Exercise Physiology at Springfield College and earned a Masters Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA.

Karen began her teaching career in Harvard, Massachusetts where she taught 5th, 6th, and 8th-grade social studies. This was followed by years of serving as a teacher and director of fitness and recreation programs. Karen developed an elementary interdisciplinary curriculum as a researcher and writer and then as a trainer and promoter of the national physical education program, Physical Best. Karen’s children inspired her to create a progressive learning environment that honors all children as people. She founded Voyagers’ Community School in 2004 after spending 18 months composing the philosophical foundation that guides our day-to-day operations.

Karen has garnered recognition as the Keynote Speaker and Presenter at both national and local professional conferences, including, most recently, the Association for Constructivist Teaching Conference and the Progressive Education Network. She has also advised many start-up school efforts. She serves as the New Jersey State Liaison for the Alternative Education Resource Organization. She also served as Chairperson and Treasurer for the New Jersey Educators Exploring the Practices of Reggio Emilia, President of A Child's Place Education Fund, a member of The Colts Neck 9/11 Committee, and past Treasurer and President of The Colts Neck PTO.

Karen’s most recent project was directing the renovation of our new 14,000 square foot home, originally built in 1908. Our building was restored with thought to its original character, our contemporary needs, the necessary time-frame and the wants and visions expressed by students, faculty and staff. Currently, Karen serves as the Co-Chair of the Middle State Association Accreditation Team. Karen's passions include reading historical novels and memoirs, traveling, playing board games, chatting for hours with good friends and family and dancing always, everywhere.

"There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique." ~ Martha Graham

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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