Mrs. Nees's Views
By Ally Reardon and Sarah Moseson


Mrs. Nees is head of the InDeCoRe program for the lower school. We had a chance to sit down and ask her some questions.

Ally: From a teacher's point of view, do you see the core values being reinforced at school?
Mrs. Nees: Yes, I think the children are helped by the Pros board. In February when the first graders were kind they would get hearts. The kids got excited when they counted up how many hearts they received.
Sarah: What do you think is the most important InDeCoRe value?
Mrs. Nees: I think it would be responsibility because that means you are doing the right thing at the right time. Then you are basically using all the values.
Ally: Do you think the InDeCoRe program has room for improvement?
Mrs. Nees: Yes, everything has room for improvement.
Sarah: Why do you think the InDeCoRe program is important to have at Peck?
Mrs. Nees: I think it is important to have at Peck because being smart and having a good education will only get you so far, being a good person will carry you through life.
Ally: Why are you helping InDeCoRe grow?
Mrs. Nees: I believe in it. I think it is important. I also think it is easier to develop good character traits when you are young.
Sarah: Why are honesty, perseverance, loyalty, respect, responsibility, and empathy the InDeCoRe values we have at Peck?
Mrs. Nees: We call those words the big umbrella values. A lot of values come under them.
Ally: Why do you think bullying needs so much attention?
Mrs. Nees: School should be a safe place. Students need a to feel safe to learn. If students can deal with bullies on their own then they can help control the safety of their school.
Ally: Why do you think Kairos night is important to our school?
Mrs. Nees: We are so busy in our home lives and in our school lives. Sometimes we lose sight of what’s most important and that’s family.
Sarah: What is the reason for having Table Talk Tuesday?
Mrs. Nees: When you put a teacher and eight students from four different grades together they do not always have a lot in common. Table Talk Tuesday acts as a conversation starter.
Sarah: How do you get the ideas for the questions for Table Talk Tuesday?
Mrs. Nees: We’ve asked for suggestions from teachers and upper school students. Some of the ideas come from a deck of conversation starter cards. Sometimes things come up in the classroom that are interesting to talk about.