Marlene Vazquez, CGCS Vice-Principal

Interview Series

What is the name of the book/podcast/video you are into right now?

  No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls” by Katie Hurley.

No More Mean Girls is a guide for parents to help their young daughters navigate tricky territories such as friendship building, creating an authentic self, standing up for themselves and others, and expressing themselves in a healthy way.

The need to be liked by others certainly isn’t new, but this generation of girls is growing up in an age when the like button shows the world just how well-liked they are. When girls acknowledge that they possess positive traits that make them interesting, strong, and likeable, however, the focus shifts and their self-confidence soars; likes lose their importance. This book offers actionable steps to help parents empower young girls to be kind, confident leaders who work together and build each other up”. Goodreads


What is it about this material that inspires/challenges/enriches you?

It aligns with our school’s philosophy of supporting the development of girls to be strong, confident and compassionate. As a parent to two daughters I also recommend this book to all our parents.


What do you plan to read/view/listen to next?

Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students’ Potential Through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching” by Jo Boaler. Many of our staff are reading this book. Our goal is to reduce anxiety around mathematics and to encourage a positive growth mindset towards math. This book has research based information, techniques and activities that help make math more engaging and enjoyable.

There is a clear gap between what research has shown to work in teaching math and what happens in schools and at home. This book bridges that gap by turning research findings into practical activities and advice. Boaler translates Carol Dweck’s concept of ‘mindset’ into math teaching and parenting strategies, showing how students can go from self-doubt to strong self-confidence, which is so important to math learning”. Goodreads