Tools for Success

Tools for Success

Seminar Series

Our Tools for Success seminar series features Bear Creek faculty and staff speaking on a variety of parenting and academic topics. Continue on this page to RSVP for an upcoming event 2022 – 2023 event or watch a recording of a past presentation.

Tools for Success
  • Middle School
  • Upper School

Spend an evening with us as we dispel the common myths surrounding college admissions to help students maximize their high school experience and college potential. Dean of College and Academic Advising Katie Gomulkiewicz '13 will provide clarity that will influence next steps for high school students approaching the college admission journey as well as give middle school students direction as they enter high school. Intended audience: parents with students in grades 5 through 12.

Tuesday, January 10
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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Katie Gomulkiewicz '13 returned to Washington in 2017 and began her next Bear Creek chapter as the Assistant Director of Admissions for Middle School and Upper School. In 2022, Katie completed her master’s thesis, “An Exploration of Standardized Psychosocial Measures Within the College Admissions Process,” and began her new role as the Dean of College and Academic Advising. Katie also previously served as the head speech coach for the Upper School forensics team and led the Speech and Rhetoric summer camp for seven years. She is passionate about higher education and cherishes the opportunity to mentor students throughout the college journey. She holds a B.S. Psychology and English from Davidson College and an M.P.S. in Higher Education Administration from Georgetown University.

Tools for Success
  • Lower School
  • Middle School
  • Preschool
  • Upper School

We all know that communication is essential to healthy relationships, and parenting is certainly no exception. Rachael and Dave Urban will explore with us how our own emotional and spiritual maturity is critical to effectively communicating with our children. Learn how purposeful listening makes all the difference in helping our kids learn and grow. Join us at this lunchtime event to discover how the real win in parental communication is empowering our kids to thrive in the future rather than keeping the peace in the present. Intended audience: parents with students in preschool through grade 12.

Tuesday, February 7
Noon – 1:00 p.m.

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Rachael Urban began teaching at The Bear Creek School in 2000 and has several years of teaching experience at a variety of levels (preschool – grade 6). She loves Jesus, learning, and children. Rachael is passionate about helping students become the individuals that God intends. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Pacific Lutheran University and an M.A. in Education and Science from Nova Southeastern University.

Dave Urban joined Bear Creek’s Upper School faculty in 2020, but he has been part of the Bear Creek community since 2000 as both a faculty spouse and parent of students. In addition to tackling philosophical theology with our grade 11 students, he works with the Upper School Student Life team to help students grow in their faith and in community with one another. Mr. Urban is passionate about Jesus, his family, and helping people of all ages embrace the gospel and understand the connection between faith, culture, and worldview. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University and an M.A. in Theology from Bakke Graduate University of Ministry.

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