Gabrielle Cummins

English-speaking cycle 2 teacher

After falling in love with France and its culture as a child, Gabrielle promised herself that she would return to live there. A decade later, she seized the opportunity to study in Paris and received her Bachelor's degree in comparative literature and philosophy.  

 

Afterwards, Gabrielle returned to the United States to pursue a master's degree in creative writing in Boston, Massachusetts, during which time she began teaching writing and literature classes to high school and undergraduate students.    Based on this experience, she decided to return to her hometown of Los Angeles to pursue a career in teaching, where she earned a certification from the State of California and a second Master's degree in Education from Antioch University.    Most recently, Gabrielle taught at a private, progressive, Dewey-based primary schools in Los Angeles between 2017 and 2018. She focused on observation, and the development of exciting thematic lessons focused on students and their learning. These methods allow students the freedom to ask questions, explore, and direct their educational experiences in ways that are relevant to their interests.  During her experiences as a teacher and in the research for her thesis, Gabrielle focused on critical pedagogy, philosophy and psychology. She studied the origins of existentialism in progressive education and in particular how to enable students to better understand and assert freedom in school, while remaining responsible members of a community. This innate tension between the individual and the group and how this plays out is an important dynamic that she is passionate about.  

 

She has recently returned to Paris and is really excited to be joining the team at La Lab School. She finds the environment perfectly suited to continue her work with children.