Welcome to the WHS Learning Commons
The mission of the Winchester High School Learning Commons is to work collaboratively with teachers, administrators, and the community to support and enrich the educational program of Winchester High School and ensure that students become:
- Independent critical thinkers
- Collaborative, creative problem-solvers
- Literate users of information and ideas
- Engaged global citizens
- Lifelong learners
Andrea Zampitella: Library/Media Specialist
Ms. Zampitella attended the Massachusetts College of Art where she earned her MFA in Interrelated Media, a BFA in SIM (Studio for Interrelated Media),a BFA in Education and Minor in Small Metals.Before coming to Winchester High School, Ms. Z worked as a Library/Media Specialist at three K-8 Schools in Somerville MA. She has been teaching at Winchester High School since 2013. Ms. Z can assist with the use of the print and digital resources,website evaluation, copyright and fair use policy and technology integration in the classroom. Ms. Z is also part of the Creative Technology Center’s leadership team and can assist with video editing, 3D printing, vinyl cutting, sound design and new media. Ms. Z runs the PALS club and the WHS Book Club. As an educator she promotes the cross-pollination of disciplines in her classroom, encouraging students to invent and develop experimental directions. Students are challenged to develop creative strategies, collaborative methods, and draw from a variety of resources. Her interdisciplinary background reflects her teaching and working styles in that it overlaps and intersects with other disciplines and utilizes technology to enhance work across all disciplines.
Karen Rockhold: Library Assistant
Karen Rockhold is the Library Assistant at WHS. Mrs. Rockhold has been at the WHS Library since 2006. She is available to assist students and faculty during study halls and classes with all the resources and features of the Library including database navigation, research, printing, copying, independent studies/projects and book suggestions.
Kathleen Grace: Instructional Technology Specialist
Kathleen is the Instructional Technology Specialist, she assists students and faculty with the use of technology and also assists with passwords, Edline/GradeQuick, Google, and hardware. She is a Google Certified Educator and formerly taught computer science at Endicott College. She is available to help faculty in designing and developing lessons that integrate technology and assisting in co-teaching these lessons. Mrs. Grace is also the coordinator for the Technology and Engineering Department and the faculty advisor for Combat Robotics and the CTC Leadership Team.
Lauren Winterer: Program Director for Connect & Commit
Lauren Winterer is the Program Director for Connect & Commit, the Service-Learning (SL) Program at WHS. For those of you who do not know what SL is, it is a teaching and learning strategy that links meaningful service with instruction and reflection that ultimately enriches the learning experience. An example of this is when HS students take a computer class, go to a senior citizen home, and teach seniors some of the skills they learned in class, such as excel or web design. This teaching and learning strategy not only engages our students civically, but reinforces the lessons learned at school. Lauren implements SL at WHS by facilitating an afterschool, student-run club, by being a resource to teachers who are eager to integrate SL into their own teaching practice, and by being a liaison to community partners. To learn more about Connect & Commit check out their website at http://www.connectandcommit.org