Why do adults seem to give the early years the lowest priority in the educational experience? Head of School Dr. Natalia Rico Hernández explores this topic in this issue of On My Mind.
Head of School
Welcome to Breck’s website. Throughout these pages you'll learn more about the culture of Breck, details about our academic program and pedagogy, as well as information about our signature programs. You'll see student news, our annual calendar, and information about how to volunteer on campus. And, while we've tried to give you a glimpse into the day-to-day life of our school via an electronic platform, I highly encourage you to take the time to stop by for a tour of Breck.
When you come to campus you will feel the warmth of our community coupled with the strength of our academic program. Our beautiful 52-acre campus offers students a variety of learning spaces and numerous opportunities to learn and practice a wide range of athletics and visual and performing arts. While on campus, you will be able to see our students engaging with one another, exploring new ideas, and developing relationships with peers across all grades. You will be able to see the connection between our students and teachers, and teachers with each other. You will be able to fully realize how much we value community service through partnerships within our school community and in the greater Twin Cities.
At Breck, we believe our children thrive in our unique balance of academic press — the challenge of learning in an intellectually interesting and demanding environment, and personalization — the trusting relationships that emerge in an environment of care, understanding, and mutual respect. We value inclusivity, inquiry, and reason and ask that our students bring their full selves to the classroom each day; we are a richer community when each individual’s faith, beliefs, and identity are recognized and celebrated. And we believe in the importance of social responsibility, teaching our students the immeasurable value of serving the common good.
From preschool to grade 12 and under one roof, these values and beliefs permeate the life of our school and are best realized when you walk the halls of Breck. We hope your visit to our website inspires you to learn more about our school. It would be our honor to welcome you to campus one day soon.
Natalia Rico Hernández
Head of School
- ISACS Re-Accreditation
- Diversifying our Faculty
- Upgrading our Technology
- Melrose Family Center for Servant Leadership
In 2018, Breck will undergo its re-accreditation visit with the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). Last year, Breck faculty and staff participated in a self-study of our school's strengths and opportunities and identified plans and priorities for future work. This year, a visiting team made up of experienced educators and administrators will analyze Breck in action to ensure we are delivering on our mission to our students and families.
Breck has established a strong national reputation for our commitment to matters of inclusion, diversity, and equity. As an Episcopal school, we respect the dignity of all human beings and believe that when we share our unique perspectives and experiences, we all grow. By spending a concentrated effort on diversifying our faculty, we will afford our students the opportunity to learn in an environment that is representative of the world in which they will one day live their lives.
We are leveraging the power of technology to support our innovative curriculum and connected student body both on campus and off. Our goal is to create an interconnected campus community that offers innovative technology and classroom integration, comprehensive records management, and increased engagement opportunities for our families and alumni.
Established in 2013, the Melrose Family Center for Servant Leadership is the physical and programmatic embodiment of Breck's dedication to cultivating future leaders that serve the common good. Breck administrators and faculty are taking the time to re-imagine the work of the Center to better support all students from preschool through grade 12.
As skilled educators, Breck faculty understand that students learn best when discrete skills, socio-emotional or otherwise, are applied to varied contexts in developmentally appropriate ways from preschool through 12th grade.
Are schools that are rich in history and tradition also known as traditional schools? Head of School Dr. Natalia R. Hernández shares this question in her series, On My Mind.
Dr. Natalia Rico Hernández has 26 years of teaching and leadership experience in public, private, and independent schools throughout the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Hernández earned an M.Ed. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas and an Ed.D. in Leadership, Policy and Organizations from Vanderbilt University. Her dissertation, “On Teacher Quality in Independent Schools,” was published in the Peabody Journal of Education. In addition, she has published articles in Independent Magazine and the National Association of Independent Schools blogs. You can follow her on Twitter at @natalia_hdz_edu.