Leadership and Courage: The Hyde 101 New Faculty Retreat

“I was so excited about all the eagerness and wonderful energy I felt from Hyde 101! I'm happy to continue to be a part of the Hyde family. I can tell we are going to have a memorable school year,” said John Swader, elementary school performing arts teacher and Hyde 101 coordinator

“I was so excited about all the eagerness and wonderful energy I felt from Hyde 101! I’m happy to continue to be a part of the Hyde family. I can tell we are going to have a memorable school year,” said John Swader, elementary school performing arts teacher and Hyde 101 coordinator

At the end of August, new faculty embarked on a Hyde right of passage: Hyde 101. Hyde 101 is a Hyde signature practice where faculty communally explore their character on a three-day retreat. The purpose  is for faculty to engage in a reflective, restorative, and informational experience, so they return to Hyde with a deeper understanding of the words and principles and feel comfortable challenging themselves and their students to take steps towards exploring character in the classroom. “Employees at Hyde commit to a rigorous, continuous process of character development, not only for the students but also for themselves and our families,” said Thomas Sturtevant, our executive director.  “Among the outcomes of our Hyde 101 retreat is the intrinsic value participants realize in their own process of self-discovery.” 

Hyde 101 provides the opportunity, time, and a safe space for new teachers to deeply access their own conscience and explore the attitudes they carry. Attitudes and actions often hold us back from what we want to see in ourselves and what we want to be in life. New faculty also reflect and consider their personal growth and receive feedback from a challenging, yet supportive community. “I’m so grateful for the much-needed support system this retreat gave me,” said Naeha Sayed, middle school Data and Assessment Manager.

To get the most out of the retreat, each participant is asked to approach the three-day trip with integrity by being as honest as they can both with themselves and with others.  “I am starting the school year in a more open, honest and inspired way because of the New Teacher Retreat,” said Laura Troy, the high school Math Department Head and coordinator of the retreat.

Faculty at Hyde are not only tasked with  modeling, educating, and both showing and teaching leadership, but also inspiring. Inspiration in job # 1 and the most important thing we implore of  Hyde faculty. “Each year I am pushed, inspired, and grow from stories shared, courage expressed, and everyone’s openness to Hyde,” Ms. Troy said. Ms. Sayed said: “My biggest takeaway from the retreat would be, the sense of a newfound family, where everyone builds a relationship based on trust and sincerity.”

Special thank you to Malcolm Gauld, Laura Gauld, and Tom Bragg!