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. RSVP for a 2022 – 2023 event here or watch a recording from one of our 2021 – 2022 events.

Tools for Success: Executive Function and Developing Mind
  • Middle School
  • Upper School

Spend the evening with us as we explore the importance of executive function in academic success and emotional health. Middle School Division Head Jenn McDonough will help parents discover how they can nourish their children's developing minds and emotions to bolster their potential. Join us to master practical ways to support your children as they build their executive function skills. Intended audience: parents with students in grades 5 through 12.

Tuesday, October 4
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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Jenn McDonough has 26 years' experience in education which includes teaching grades 1 – 8 in addition to working as a school administrator. Jenn is passionate about the mission of The Bear Creek School. Combining classical education from a Christian worldview in a nurturing environment with incredible faculty is how education ought to be done, and it is done well at Bear Creek! She holds a B.A. in Education from Northwest University.

Tools for Success
  • Lower School
  • Middle School
  • Preschool

Learn how understanding your own personality type impacts how you parent. Lower School Division Head Kristen Gephart will help you discover how to bring out the best in your children by recognizing their strengths and areas of growth. Audience members will leave with practical steps to apply what they learned. Join us to grow as a person and a parent! Intended audience: parents with students in preschool through grade 8.

Wednesday, November 16
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

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Kristen Gephart loves to read, walk, and enjoy the outdoors. She is passionate about the mission of The Bear Creek School and loves the intersection of faith and learning that is pursued here. She is an observer of people and loves to help others discover how they are created and the gifts and strengths they have. Kristen has worked in education as a teacher and administrator for 17 years and also served as Director of Children's Ministries at her church for nine years. She believes the impact of a community of adults invested in students’ lives at a young age can impact them forever! Kristen holds a B.A. Speech Communication from the University of Washington and an M.A. in Teaching from Seattle University.

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.