Maggie Parry - Integration of New Ways of Thinking and Learning, Professional Learning, Makerspaces, Design Thinking, Project-Based Learning

I am a second grade teacher and team leader at Greenhill School in Addison, Texas. I am a lifelong learner and enthusiastic about trying new things, which has led me to take a deep dive into makerspaces, project-based learning, and design thinking. My specific focus is using them as a structure to teach children to think creatively, collaborate with others, and develop a growth mindset.  An area that I have excelled throughout my career is examining existing curriculum and finding areas to integrate new ways of thinking and learning in a meaningful and authentic way. I have authored several PBLs and Human-Centered Design units for the early elementary classroom.

Another area that I am interested in is creating collaborative and creative learning communities for adult learners. With a team, I have spent the past two years developing learning communities at Greenhill focused on sharing successful classroom experiences and having rich pedagogical conversations. These communities empower teachers to engage with each other.

I graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree Elementary Education. I past experience in preschool, kindergarten, 1st grade. I have a variety of leadership positions including Faculty Chair of the Math Department and have served on interesting committees focusing on admissions, technology, and progress reports.  One of my favorite committee experiences was a yearlong study to redesign and create an innovation space for grades 1-4. I have a wide range of professional development experience including 40+ hours of gifted and talented training, reading instruction at Teachers College at Columbia University, mathematics training from Stanford, and reading disabilities work from Scottish Rite. I have presented on a range of topics including makerspaces, design thinking, tinkering, collaborative communities, blogging, iPad integration, and project-based learning at the TCEA Annual Conference, TCEA Tech of Tots, ATLIS, and LLI Southwest.

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If you would like to engage Maggie, please fill in the form below or email Lausanne Learning Director acolvin@lausannelearning.com. Maggie’s contact information is below if you would like to talk to her directly.

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As a Lausanne Learning Mentor, Maggie exemplifies the Lausanne Learning Five Characteristics:

  1. Student-Centered Character: Lausanne Learning Mentors always keep each student at the center of the conversation in imagining what “could be” from “what is”
  2. Sustaining Character: Lausanne Learning Mentors are focused on working with the school to implement practices that can be sustained over the long term to support the school’s mission
  3. Imaginative Character: Lausanne Learning Mentors are expert and thus can imagine different answers as you interrogate the key question or questions that you are being asked
  4. Independent Character: Lausanne Learning Mentors ensure that their clients become independent of them over time, not co-dependent
  5. Fearless Character: Lausanne Learning Mentors won’t tell their clients what they want to hear but what, in their professional opinion, should be said

Maggie Parry

2nd Grade Teacher & Team Leader

Greenhill School

4141 Spring Valley Road

Addison, TX 75001

tel. 972-628-5400


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