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Adriana Hollenbeck

Member since September 1st, 2014

University Lake School


Brief biography: 
Adriana Hollenbeck Lower School Division Head Media Specialist Post Baccalaureate Degree in Technology and Education - Rio de Janeiro State University Bachelors Degree in Art Education - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro I was born in warm and sunny Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and for as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a teacher. In Rio I worked as an Elementary Teacher for several years in private and public schools. I was also the Media Specialist and Assistant Principal for the Public Schools. I enjoyed my research and the projects I developed as a consultant for the Ayrton Senna Foundation, and for the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. For several years I served as a volunteer for the Kidlink Project. I earned my Bachelors Degree in Art Education from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and my Postgraduate Degree in Technology and Education from the Rio de Janeiro State University, where I researched on Virtual Museums, focusing on the Portinari Project as an opportunity to connect art and technology in a meaningful way. This is my fifth year at University Lake School as a Faculty Member and my eighth as a parent. I have an unshakeable belief that every child has a strong capacity to learn and that education is full of transformational possibilities. Children are people now, not adults in preparation. I strongly believe in the creative relationships that take place at University Lake School, a place where the entire community is part of the learning adventure. The rich environment of inquiry present at University Lake School fosters opportunities for children to be confident and independent. By understanding and respecting their thinking process our knowledgeable teachers establish frequent, continuous and sustained interactions with each student, helping him/her develop their intellectual habits of mind and the important skills that will be needed through life. Strong Reggio Emilia-Inspired principles are present in the Lower School: - The image of the child - The role of the environment - The power of documentation - A community of researchers - Community support and parental involvement - Long-term investigations I believe in valuing children's expressions through all forms. By offering different forms of representation to students, we open up learning opportunities to all, which helps teachers grasp and respond to children's thinking. The Lower School is an exciting place where connections happen all the time. “Together joining hands” we move forward through joyful creative experiences, by learning who we are and what we mean to each other. We join hands to understand the environment that surrounds us. We learn how to respect it and how to make it better. In the Lower School we create meaningful connections, we share our thoughts, we have visions of a better world that starts right here at this very moment, because we are building it together and we want to succeed. I am married to Brian and we have a wonderful son, Nicholas, who is now a Fifth Grader. We have a new puppy, Milo, who has been keeping us really busy. I enjoy cooking, reading, painting, drawing, creating handmade jewelry and traveling. One of our favorite destinations is Rio, where we spend time with our Brazilian family and friends. We also enjoy our trips to Brasília, where we visit my sister Renata and her family. In 2013 I had the opportunity to visit the Centro Internazionale Loris Malaguzzi in Reggio Emilia, Italy and took part in an International Study, learning first hand how Reggio schools are designed, their goals, challenges and wonderful ideas. All these resources will help us create even stronger connections between University Lake School and the Reggio Emilia philosophy, not to mention the new relationships established within the powerful network of Reggio-Inspired schools and educators in the US. University Lake School has been hosting annual Reggio-Inspired conferences, offering to educators from all over Wisconsin an opportunity to visit our campus and learn from our expert teachers. Our school is also the reference for renowned institutions, such as Carroll College, UW Whitewater, WI Lutheran College, and Alverno College, who send their students to research our progressive approach to education. As a passionate educator, I'll use this space to share one of the most important pieces of inspiration. These are words, thoughts and feelings that guide us at ULS. They are powerful, meaningful, transformational and I invite you to read the poem and share it with others. The child is made of one hundred. The child has a hundred languages a hundred hands a hundred thoughts a hundred ways of thinking of playing, of speaking. A hundred always a hundred ways of listening of marveling, of loving a hundred joys for singing and understanding a hundred worlds to discover a hundred worlds to invent a hundred worlds to dream. The child has a hundred languages (and a hundred hundred hundred more) but they steal ninety-nine. The school and the culture separate the head from the body. They tell the child: to think without hands to do without head to listen and not to speak to understand without joy to love and to marvel only at Easter and at Christmas. They tell the child: to discover the world already there and of the hundred they steal ninety-nine. They tell the child: that work and play reality and fantasy science and imagination sky and earth reason and dream are things that do not belong together. And thus they tell the child that the hundred is not there. The child says: No way. The hundred is there. Loris Malaguzzi (translated by Lelia Gandini) University Lake School is a college preparatory school that delivers an incomparable education driven by high standards and a unique approach to learning. Our dynamic and rigorous curriculum challenges the whole student by integrating innovative academic, leadership, athletic, artistic and service learning experiences within a vibrant and joyful community. We inspire: Intellectual Curiosity - Original Thinking - Personal Integrity - Character through Service Adriana Hollenbeck Lower School Head Media Specialist ____________________ University Lake School 4024 Nagawicka Road - Hartland, WI - 53029 tel: 262.367.6011
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Education level: 
Preschool and Kindergarten
Elementary School