Teacher Feature- Mrs. Yelena Sinitsky

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International School of Indiana

180 days? 1600 score on SAT? 7 or just 3 in high level math? 24 points to pass?

Our students here at the International School of Indiana are never just numbers to us teachers, and I wholeheartedly can justify that.

Working at ISI for the last 24 years, fulfilling various roles – director of after school programs, teacher, club advisor and now dean of student life – seeing both of my children go through and graduate from the school, I can truly see how beneficial the International Baccalaureate Program is for the development of the whole person and in making our students better learners and better people.

In the Lower School, IB is showing students how to ask the right questions, helping them to think critically and independently. As they get older, this prepares them to be successful in a very challenging IB Diploma program. But IB is not only challenging academically; it has a CAS (Community Action Service) component that ultimately builds a sense of volunteerism, sacrifice and global community while instilling a sense of commitment and a strong work ethic. 

I am very proud to be a part of such a wonderful program, which allows me to not only teach IB mathematics in a classroom, but to also serve the world with my students beyond U.S. borders. Every summer, we travel to economically developing countries where we build stoves, and students are able to use their excellent language skills, embrace new cultures and understand that even at the age of 16 or 17, they can make a difference.

After a hard day of physical labor, one of them said, “You know, I don’t like to build stoves, but I do it for the families.” What a refreshingly honest, idealistic and profound, incent and brave, caring and compassionate way of thinking – an IB way of thinking.

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