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A Coeducational School | Early Learners to Third Grade
Teaching & Learning

Learning Resources

Beauvoir makes it a priority to provide a learning culture that is adaptive, collaborative, and innovative, with strong support of each student's learning development and potential. Our goal is to develop the unique potential of each student by creating a personalized program that ensures each child has what they need to succeed. By having a robust learning resources program, Beauvoir conveys how important it is to meet the needs of each student and offer early intervention.
The learning resources team at Beauvoir includes a director of learning resources, a Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten learning specialist, a First Grade learning specialist, a Second Grade learning specialist, a Third Grade learning specialist, a full-time mathematics coach supporting teachers in First through Third grades and a part-time math specialist supporting students in Second and Third grades. 

In addition to being part of the learning resources team, grade-level learning specialists are an integral part of each grade-level team. Additionally, learning specialists support classroom teachers to fine-tune their teaching practices to best serve their students. Learning specialists provide resources to teachers that help them reinforce or extend concepts with students in their classroom, as well as meet weekly with the grade-level teaching teams, help in planning, and participate in parent-teacher conferences. Learning specialists also stay in touch with other professionals who are working with students. 
Learning specialists support Beauvoir students by:

  • Assessing students periodically using a variety of formal and informal assessments;
  • Focusing on how a student learns best and working with the classroom teachers to teach to the student’s strengths, as well as developing a plan for supporting the student’s challenges;
  • Providing supplementary instruction and support in language arts (reading, writing, spelling, speaking and listening, and handwriting), mathematics, and organization and study skills through individual and small group work, as well as classroom visits;
  • Observing students in classes and providing feedback to teachers;
  • Providing resources to classroom teachers and/or parents
  • Helping classroom teachers to differentiate the curriculum;
  • Providing "just right" reading materials for students to take home
A student may begin to see a learning specialist beginning in October or in March and may receive this additional support for a full or partial year depending on individual needs.
Math Mornings
Math Mornings are a weekly collaboration between classroom teachers and learning specialists. Each Wednesday from 7:50-8:15 a.m. from mid-October through mid-May, family members come to school with their children to participate in solving math problems and playing math games. Math Mornings are a wonderful way to learn more about Beauvoir’s math program and see our young mathematicians at work.   

Our Learning Resources Team

List of 10 members.

  • Photo of Emily Katz

    Emily Katz 

    Math Specialist
  • Photo of Courteney  Simchak

    Courteney  Simchak 

    Assistant Head of School for Student and Academic Affairs
  • Photo of Maura Burke

    Maura Burke 

    Learning Resources Specialist
  • Photo of Anne Marie Desaulniers

    Anne Marie Desaulniers 

    Director of Learning Resources
  • Photo of Rosaleen Doerfler-King

    Rosaleen Doerfler-King 

    Mathematics Coach
  • Photo of Maryann Heim

    Maryann Heim 

    Math Specialist
  • Photo of Anne Mackay

    Anne Mackay 

    Literacy Coach
  • Photo of Lisette Osorio

    Lisette Osorio 

    Learning Resources Specialist
  • Photo of Debra Suzich

    Debra Suzich 

    Learning Resource Specialist
  • Photo of Allyson Eno

    Allyson Eno 

    Learning Resources Specialist
3500 Woodley Road, NW
Washington, DC 20016
Tel: (202) 537-6485
Fax: (202) 537-6512

Our Mission

At Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School, we provide an extraordinary early childhood education in a diverse community that values every individual. Beauvoir’s program encourages creative, courageous learners and builds an enduring foundation for a lifelong spirit of inquiry and joy in learning.
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