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Lynn Hughes


The Miquon School

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The Miquon School

2025 Harts Lane

Conshohocken, Pennsylvania,19428

United States

Company Description

The Miquon School was founded in 1932 by two mothers, disillusioned with their own traditional educations, who discovered the progressive education model captured better the curiosity, abilities, and potential for growth within each child. From its 'one-room' ...more

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Looking Back 50 Years: A Lynn Hughes Retrospective | The Miquon School [cached]

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More than 50 years ago, Lynn Hughes first set foot on this campus - said by some to be passing through the Miquon Day Camp as a staffer for just one season before attending to the adventures beyond that called her. A few years later, it became apparent she would be here for more than just a moment. With Lynn being a lover and player of folk music, it is not surprising that the story of how she first came to Miquon reads a bit like legend. Lynn volunteered to help with activities for Don Rasmussen (Miquon principal, 1955-65) and his Durham Learning Center, which used Miquon's facilities to bring inner city kids out to "the country" to do math on Saturday mornings and swim in the afternoons. Around the same time, Lynn embarked on her teaching career in the very same spot. She was brought on by Sam Stewart (Miquon principal, 1966-70) as a second and third grade teaching assistant to Esther Soler - one of many teachers who had been forced out of the Philadelphia public school system during the McCarthy era for refusing to sign a loyalty oath. Described by many as a person with a sharp intellect and quick, hilarious wit, Lynn got caught up almost immediately. She immersed herself in reading materials, cooperative work with colleagues at school and elsewhere, and professional development wherever she could - attending conferences and eventually becoming the editor of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics of Philadelphia and Vicinity newsletter for 12 years. In 1968, Stewart assigned Lynn her own classroom, where she worked tirelessly to meet students where they were and cultivate each individual child's innate desire and abilities to learn. Because Miquon did not receive any state funding for published resources or commercially-produced materials back then, the staff spent ample time creating just about all of their text, worksheets, and objects for curricular use. Using this challenge to her advantage, Lynn tailored her teaching materials to individual students to ensure they supported the kind of learning environment she was trying to create. "I had to think carefully about the content and the structure," she says. Influenced at the outset by the Progressive craft of Rasmussen and Soler, it was not long before Lynn became a fifth and sixth grade teacher, and settled into her own teaching style. First and foremost, Lynn Hughes will tell you she puts the child first, teaching "to the student," not the subject. Arabella Pope, a Miquon colleague of Lynn's for many years, explains: "She seems to know exactly what individual kids need-both academically and emotionally. Above all, Lynn offers respect to children, imparting a deep confidence that they each have the ability to reach, grow, develop their own passions, and become the very best version of themselves. "In Lynn's view of children, there are no limits to what they can do or who they can become," says Susannah Wolf, the school's current principal and a Miquon graduate from 1981. A part of this intrinsic respect for children means Lynn always considers what students are thinking and feeling. One alumni parent describes a memory of a very animated student asking Lynn a question, and then seeing the child wait for a seemingly endless amount of time. Becoming impatient, the student said, "Well? What do you think? to which Lynn replied, "Be patient, I'm trying to find a way to say yes," a sentiment she'd adopted from Miquon teacher Cubby Weil who had said it first. "I have certainly borrowed the [Cubby's] answer because it seems like the right kind of response to things that children initiate," Lynn explains. In addition to her child-centric approach, Lynn is known for her innovative integrated curriculum-the idea that a social studies unit exploring westward expansion is the perfect opportunity for mathematics (What's the diameter of the covered wagon wheels? How does one calculate rate and distance the settlers traveled each day?) or that a deep understanding of Irish immigration presents ample material for literature, language, and music. While Lynn and Miquon have been teaching this way since the beginning, the model is only now taking root with a wider audience of educators. Lynn explains: "Learning is best when it is highly integrated across nominal curricular areas. In 1987 the Clisby Library was created after renovating "Lynn's room," teacher salaries were raised to be on par with other independent schools, and a celebration was held at Shelly Ridge honoring Lynn for her "20 years of dedicated teaching at The Miquon School." Much like the present day, Lynn's craft and voice permeated the Miquon program. She was outspoken at staff meetings, suggesting assigning the responsibility for each weekly assembly to different classroom groups, running a minicourse on rounds, partners, songs, and harmony, and advocating for looking at issues on the basis of each individual child. According to one alumni parent who also served on the Miquon School Board of Directors with Lynn, "You felt her presence, always. She didn't say much, but when she spoke, you listened." Today one could argue that Lynn's teaching philosophy is inextricably linked to that of the school; the two have been together and influencing each other for half a century. A quick read of the school's nine published tenets immediately reflect Lynn's own - the ideas that children have innate curiosity and a desire to learn, that children must initiate and discover new ideas for themselves and see their own progress, that learning to think is more important than learning any particular subject matter, and that the support of one's peer group creates a safe learning space. Not surprisingly, Lynn was the co-author of these tenets, along with board member Craig SanPietro. And while there have been some changes, including the challenges and opportunities brought on by digital technology, the increasingly valuable role of assistants (who now make more than $25/week), and the longer hours asked of teachers and children alike - Lynn reassures us that the school is fundamentally the same in ways that really matter." When asked what she will take with her, Lynn cites the moments for which all teachers strive: the "almost palpable" joy when a child achieves something new, something previously unattainable. Witnessing that magic first hand is a payoff that far exceeds any monetary compensation; it is the measure of any person's career at a teacher. It is what motivates us all - those who teach, those who learn, and those who care for us - here at Miquon. So here's to you, Lynn Hughes, and the legacy you leave behind you in our woods. Please join other members of the Miquon community on Saturday, June 10 at 7:00 pm for a celebration honoring Lynn and her years of dedication and service to generations of Miquon children.

Staff Directory | The Miquon School [cached]

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Lynn Hughes Group Teacher, Fifth/Sixth Grade I've been a teacher at Miquon since 1967.

A Fond Farewell to Connie Devlin | The Miquon School [cached]

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Altogether, Connie ended up working with seven principals - a record surpassed quite possibly only by longtime Miquon teacher Lynn Hughes. Connie's familiarity with the children and their routines is so detailed that, "She knows how every kid is going home-even if the kid doesn't," Lynn explains. What Connie really does, says Lynn, is "knit community."

Lynn Hughes | The Miquon School [cached]

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Lynn Hughes Group Teacher, Fifth/Sixth Grade Visit the classroom website

"Macbeth, The Musical Comedy": Fun and Easy Musical Play for Middle School and High School Based on Shakespeare's Famous Play [cached]

---Lynn Hughes, Teacher (6th grade), The Miquon School, Conshocken, PA

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