Adrienne Gemperle ’99 (Seattle, MS Mgt.) is Chief People Officer at NYC-based Plated, a premium meal-kit service. She previously served in senior human resources roles at Starbucks for nine years, most recently as Senior VP of Partner Resources. In that role, she oversaw a team of HR professionals serving over 125,000 partners at 7,500 stores.
What if classrooms were envisioned as a small democracy? What if our students practiced democracy in their classroom year after year? Further, what if they knew they deserved it? Kate Sipe, ’02, Antioch University Seattle MA in Education with Graduate Teacher Preparation and an adjunct faculty who teaches Classroom Management courses, published a timely post in Medium in the wake of the 2020 Presidential election about the importance of democratic schools and teaching civics to our children: “Psst… Hey teachers… Let’s teach civics in our classrooms every single day.” Start today. Start small. Just start. Let your classroom be a microcosm