The Middle School

A Journey of Self Discovery

JBMA’s Middle School is a great place for our 7th and 8th graders to develop real-world skills that they will need when they continue in their educational journey. We work with the students to develop their personalities and their values through an open, tolerant environment that encourages discussion and understanding as well as critical reflection and dialogue. Throughout our work we support the institutional mission of helping students achieve their full potential cognitively, socially, emotionally, physically, morally, aesthetically, and spiritually.

Our aim across content areas is to help students develop their own learning goals and expectations for their work and performance. Students are encouraged to ask questions and seek their own answers. We work within specific content areas to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Students move from a weekly work plan in the Upper Elementary to a mix of daily homework and ongoing self-directed projects. These projects engage students in working collaboratively but also in setting timelines and deadlines for their own learning process as they learn to balance their activities and learning.

Meet Our Middle School Teachers!

Kate Chamberlain

Kate Chamberlain is originally from Annapolis, Maryland, but has lived in Alabama for almost a decade. She attended the University of Alabama and graduated with a degree in History and English, then went on to achieve a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Samford University. Kate is passionate about the outdoors, and finds great importance in teaching the next generation about the world. She has a dachshund named Chewbacca, enjoys trying new restaurants in town, and always finds time for arts and crafts. She is currently working on her Montessori Secondary Education Certificate.

Chris Gallas

Chris Gallas was born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri. She attended Saint Louis University and earned her Bachelors in Sociology and Education with an emphasis in Math and Science. Chris is married with four daughters. She is an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoys traveling, photography, kayaking, and playing Scrabble.