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Remembering Marjorie Gatchell
Director of Teacher Training 1973 to 1993
Marjorie Gatchell, former Shady Hill faculty member and Director of the Teacher Training Course (TTC) passed away on Saturday, February 8, after a short illness. She was 81 years old.

Marjorie was hired in 1963 and worked as a fourth grade teacher here before leaving to teach and work as a staff developer in the Cambridge Public Schools. She returned to Shady Hill as Director of the TTC in 1973, retiring from that role in 1993. Although no longer TTC Director, she continued to work with her successor, Anne Waddington Snyder TTC 77, for a year after she stepped down, and also served as Shady Hill’s Director of Faculty Development during the 1994-1995 school year.
Admired, respected, and loved by many in our community, her contributions to Shady Hill and the broader educational community leave a rich legacy. Friends are invited to a celebration of her life at 2:00 PM on Sunday, April 13, in Shady Hill’s Assembly Hall.
Marjorie's family has suggested that gifts in her memory be made to Shady Hill School's Teacher Training Course Fund.

"The development of the person is really the most important element
in the education of a teacher.
No amount of technique or scholarship can make a good teacher
out of a person who is afraid of experience."

Katharine Taylor, TTC Founder & first Director of Shady Hill School

Learn To Teach By Teaching

Shady Hill's Teacher Training Course (TTC) is a graduate teacher preparation program that provides aspiring teachers with well guided experiences in pre-K through eighth-grade classrooms where practice and theory merge masterly. Immersion in a classroom with a talented mentor while studying relevant research and issues is the best way to learn how to teach.

In this one year, site-based teacher preparation program, apprentice teachers discover what teaching is all about through observation, supervised teaching, workshops, seminars, and continuous involvement in the life of the school. The whole cohort spends the fall semester in Shady Hill classrooms, but both public school or Shady Hill placements are available in the spring.

The TTC is an approved program with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Upon completion of the program, apprentices earn initial licensure in
  • Early Childhood (pre-k-2)
  • Elementary (1-6)
  • Middle School Humanities (5-8)
  • Middle School Mathematics (5-8) - NEW!
  • Middle School Science (5-8) - NEW!
  • Middle School Math and Science (5-8)
Some participants choose to enroll solely in the TTC, though most also participate in partnering master's program at Lesley or Tufts University. For more information about our various partnerships, follow the link in the green box to the left.

Shady Hill's TTC is one of the most respected teacher residency programs in the United States. We consult with schools and districts throughout the state, across the country, and around the world about the best ways to train teachers for long, rewarding, and influential careers. More than 1,400 teachers have graduated from Shady Hill's Teacher Training Course since its inception in 1928.

Meet the TTC Class of 2014!
Why TTC?
TTC Class of 2014
City Year LACY Partnership
A Leadership After City Year (LACY) Partnership with Shady Hill's Teacher Training Course strengthens an applicant's chances of being admitted to the TTC. Read more about this partnership here.