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Molly Lemieux

Molly Lemieux

Molly Lemieux is a coach and supervisor with Beyond BookSmart and a high school English teacher at the Latin School of Chicago with over ten years experience working with diverse learners. A graduate of Williams College with a B.A. in English and Spanish, Molly earned her M.A. in literature at Middlebury College. Previously, she taught at two independent schools that cater primarily to students with learning differences. Her time at these schools reshaped Molly’s pedagogical philosophy; she believes passionately that every student deserves the opportunity to feel successful in an educational environment of respect and support where a student’s strengths are valued and he or she is provided with the knowledge and skills to flourish in the classroom and in the world.

Recent Posts by Molly Lemieux:

Why Our Words Matter to Struggling Students

When I was little, I can remember being told the old adage, “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” While I understand that it was meant to encourage me and to make me feel better when someone had said mean words to me, as an adult and as an educator, I now find that phrase a little dishonest. Words have meaning and they can - and do -hurt. But words can also encourage and support, and so I advocate being mindful of the kind of language that we use around our students.