Meet Beth Dorr, Interim Director of Lower School

Beth Dorr will serve as Interim Lower School Director for the 2020-21 school year. Beth has over 30 years of experience in education. She joined the faculty at MJS in 2002 as a second-grade teacher and moved to fourth grade in 2018. Beth is the epitome of a Holy Child educator, with a deep understanding of our Mission. The close relationships she shares with our students, faculty, and parents, will provide a strong sense of continuity, familiarity, and joyfulness during these uncertain times.

I am honored to lead the students as well as partner with teachers and parents as Interim Director of Lower School for the 2020-2021 school year. As we navigate the challenges and embrace the opportunities that this year will hold, I will help guide an intellectually challenging and creative program and continue to create a climate based on trust and reverence for the dignity and uniqueness of each child.”

A Joyful Learning Environment

In the Lower School, kindergarten through fourth grade, you will find a joyful, supportive environment where children love to learn and teachers love to teach. The core academic program of language arts, math, social studies, science and religion is enhanced with a robust enrichment program which includes Spanish, physical education, art, music, drama, and technology. Field trips, project based learning, learning centers and cooperative learning are incorporated throughout the curriculum.

Lower school teachers challenge and support every learner. Small class sizes allow teachers to differentiate the curriculum to maximize each child’s potential. Teachers are committed to promoting 21st century skills, such as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication. Teachers communicate and meet regularly with parents, knowing the importance of a strong home-school partnership.

Students in lower school have many opportunities to perform each year, including a rotation of leading the school in morning prayers and announcements. These experiences help develop their self-confidence and public speaking skills. Guidance lessons, along with important lessons from religion classes and our Holy Child goals, help cultivate our students’ social and emotional growth and create a safe and loving environment. Students also learn to value giving back to others from a young age, as service learning projects begin in kindergarten and continue throughout their Mayfield years.

The lower school develops confident, articulate and compassionate students who are well prepared for the challenges of middle school and beyond. We are proud of the warm and caring learning community we have established, and we invite you to visit our beautiful campus and experience it for yourself. In the meantime, please browse our curriculum pages for more specific information about each grade level.

 

Mayfield Junior School

Located in Pasadena, California, Mayfield Junior School of the Holy Child Jesus is a K-8 Catholic coeducational private school. Our kindergarten, elementary school, and middle school experience best prepares students for high school education and beyond.