In 2015, I produced a series of donor and faculty profiles for Kingsley Montessori School's Evolve Campaign: a recent fundraising initiative. A sample profile of Kingsley librarian Bindy Fleischman is viewable below.
Faculty Perspective: Bindy Fleischman
Once you’ve joined the Kingsley community, it’s only a brief matter of time before our librarian, Bindy Fleischman, learns your name.
Bindy’s collaborative nature is reflected in her excitement for the Evolve Campaign and the resources it stands to offer students and faculty. Expanding the Library and Digital Media Center will allow the necessary space to accommodate more students and books, as well as hosting more live author visits. Bindy is also eager to implement ListenCurrent, a cutting-edge teaching tool for students who excel in auditory learning environments.
“As an auditory learner myself, I want to make sure we have room, devices, and tools to support that kind of processing,” she explains. “ListenCurrent is the only offering of its kind: an archive of public radio stories and interviews, categorized and vetted to coordinate with school age children and their curriculum and research. I got to play around with it this summer, and I can’t wait to roll it out!”
Bindy has consistently demonstrated passion for enhancing our student learning experience on multiple specialized levels. She has served on the Writing Curriculum Committee and is one the key orchestrators behind Kingsley’s Visual Thinking Strategies curriculum. Jointly inspired by STEAM education objectives and Montessori philosophy, this curriculum promotes cognitive development through discussion-based group observation activities. Thanks to the Evolve Campaign, the expanded library space provides access to new technology that better supports all learning styles.
For Bindy, the learning resources made available by the campaign represent unprecedented opportunity for enhancing the consummate Kingsley library experience. She will soon add her ideas and insights to our new Tech Innovation Committee, continuing the brainstorm she has sustained throughout her years at Kingsley.
“I have the best position in the school, as I get to interact with and be a resource for all teachers and all students,” Bindy says. “I can’t tell you how many conversations we’ve had over the years about the kind of projects we could do together. Now, all these conversations that were left on a to-be-continued basis have the space to come to life. The new spaces and collaborations allow for these conversations to become a reality. And of course, I’m more than excited to have spaces to fit the books and the bodies that come to access them!”