Eighth Grade English Teacher
Gwen Hornig completed her undergraduate degree at NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a concentration in theatre, empathy, and education. Her senior thesis focused on arts education as integral to cultivating a culture of belonging in schools. She is a Black Pine Circle School alum and joined the faculty three years ago as an apprentice in upper school drama classes. For the last two years, Gwen has developed and taught the sixth grade Socratic seminar course in addition to teaching seventh grade drama. She is excited to step into the English classroom this year. Gwen collaborates with students to organize upper school House activities and she teaches the after-school drama club. Gwen loves to garden, bake, hike in the rain, and hang out with all the zany animals at her house!
Why I Work with Children
I think there is profound value in a child’s candor and vulnerability. I seek to foster those qualities as sources of strength, individuality, and empathy as each child figures out how they move through the world.
A Favorite Book
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk. I am forever in awe of the body’s incredible synchronicity with the emotional mind and memory.