Kadi Cook, M.A.
Director of Curriculum, Pedagogista
Teacher/Researcher – High School
Kadi joined Voyagers’ in 2008, coming from a rich background in the arts. She integrates many teaching styles and draws from various teaching philosophies, with a strong focus on the Reggio Emilia philosophy and Constructivism. She holds a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Integrated Teaching through the Arts from Lesley University. Kadi also holds a BA in English from Colorado College, with a focus on creative writing and poetry. In addition to teaching creative writing, Kadi supports teachers and collaborates with them in their daily work with children, families, and other stakeholders as our Pedagogista. She documents and analyzes the learning processes and experiences of children, and then draws implications that inspire teaching and learning. Currently, Kadi serves as the Co-Chair of the Middle State Association Accreditation Team.
Kadi has presented multiple times during our education and peace conferences, at the Association for Constructivist Teaching and other progressive education conferences. Kadi is a Jill-of-all-trades, specializing in parlor tricks such as telling lame jokes, playing guitar and singing, cutting paper art, sculpting ceramic art, cooking, writing poetry, playing disc golf, and generally entertaining an audience. She is an avid junk hoarder, seeing the potential in all materials, and a collector and re-arranger of all things from nature. She would be equally happy spending all day in our art studio working on projects with the students as spending the day collecting flotsam and jetsam on the beach, planting in the garden, or trying to tunnel to China. Her current obsessions—influenced by her young son and daughter—include freight trains, marble runs, baby dolls, insects, and scotch tape.
Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.