Important Update from the Office of Admissions | The new admissions season has begun! Applications for consideration for the 2022-2023 school year are being accepted now. For inquiries on the current 2021-2022 school year, please contact the admissions office directly at 201.653.5548 or 201.355.6635!
Apply Now
Menu
Open Sidebar

My Most Favorite Time of the Day!

June 3, 2020 | Melissa McCallihan

Since day one of this school year my most favorite time of the day is anytime I’m in a meeting with my students. Before going to distance learning, in our class meetings, our community enjoyed sharing stories, worries, celebrations and prayer needs. They loved to ask questions of each other– about likes and dislikes, about family traditions, and about their daily lives.  They loved to ask questions and share wonderings about the world, our current read aloud, and the Mustard Seed community. They loved to play games and have dance parties.

Since day one of distance learning, meetings have been a place where students are mostly the same as when we were in the building for school. They are just as inquisitive. They verbally process the world just the same. They are concerned and connecting with their community. They are playful.

Not much has changed even with going to distance learning. I am so thankful that the tradition of an open, safe and welcoming meeting space continues via our virtual world.

Melissa McCallihan

Teacher, Grade 6; Science Grades 6-8

Teaching children to take risks and fail well is important to Melissa McCallihan, who has taught for over 29 years. She believes children learn as much through their failures as they do through their successes. She celebrates both in her classroom. In collaboration with the middle school director, art teacher, and other fourth and fifth grade teachers, Mrs. McCallihan has been instrumental in developing the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) program, an extension of the Lower School’s Shared Space model. “STEAM is where students solve problems and sometimes get it wrong,” says Mrs. McCallihan when asked about risks and failing well. “Students need to learn how to do that with grace, and to try again with grit and determination.” Mrs. McCallihan currently teaches sixth through eighth grade science.

Mrs. McCallihan cares deeply about relationships with her colleagues, students, and families. She works hard to make and maintain connections on a personal and professional level. And follows the mantra “Worship God, Love All.”

When not at school, you can find Mrs. McCallihan searching out a fantastic restaurant or hidden sight to see in New York City.

Related Stories

September 28, 2021

Engineering Failures and Successes

Learn More
June 8, 2021

Solving Problems in Science

Learn More
May 25, 2021

Exhibitions: Showing What You Know

Learn More