Dr. Stephanie Dennis featured speaker for January 20th Diversity Leadership Speaker Series

Learning Differences and Learning in the time of COVID

The Gunston School is pleased to welcome Dr. Stephanie Dennis to its Diversity Leadership Speaker Series on January 20, 2021 from 11-12 noon. Dr. Dennis will be speaking to students and faculty/staff about how to navigate learning differences, cultivating self-advocacy, and exploring how the pandemic has changed how we learn.

Dr. Dennis is an educator, curriculum development expert and student advocate with 30 years of experience leading, teaching and coaching instructors, families, and students in both private and public school settings. Dr. Dennis' life's work has been to increase the understanding of how children learn; providing expert guidance on the needs of students with educational disabilities in academically rigorous environments. Partnering with schools, families and students she develops individualized strategic plans to meet the needs of her students. Her formula for success is to:

  • Empower students with the skills to navigate school and to self advocate; 
  • Develop teachers to incorporate best practice instructional strategies that meet the needs of the diverse students in their classes; and, 
  • Equip parents with vital information to advocate for their children and build collaborative relationships with schools to ensure the needs of their children are met.  

Dr. Dennis' students have matriculated from the top independent schools in the Baltimore area and have gone on to graduate from some of the top colleges and universities in the country. Examples include: Howard, Harvard, Princeton, Spelman, Carnegie Mellon, MIT, Brown, and Columbia Law School.  
Dr. Dennis is a proud graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (BA, Health Science & Policy), Coppin State University (MA, Education) and Northeastern University (PhD, Education). Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Dennis was the inaugural recipient of Franklin & Marshall's Most Impactful High School Teacher Award. 
Dr. Dennis has served in the role of Director of Academics at Gilman since 2016. She is also an adjunct professor at Towson University, teaching Universal Design for Learning, Introduction to Special Education and Understanding Diverse Learners in the General Education Classroom. 
Dr. Dennis is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. She is also the proud mother of two sons—Haki and Hezekiah—and one adorable four-legged daughter, Joy.

Learn more about Gunston's Diversity Leadership Speaker Series here

Dr. Stephanie Dennis