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“OPEN CIRCLE IS CENTRAL TO OUR ABILITY TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS AND ADDRESS THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP.” - Elementary School Principal
"I HAVE SEEN TREMENDOUS SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL GROWTH WITH ALL OF MY STUDENTS, INCLUDING THOSE THAT HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS AND STUDENTS WHO ARE ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS." - Teacher
"THE THING I LIKE ABOUT OPEN CIRCLE IS THAT YOU'RE THERE NOT JUST TO SOLVE PROBLEMS; YOU'RE THERE TO MAKE PROBLEMS NOT HAPPEN." - Student
"WE ACT OUT SITUATIONS THAT WE NEED TO ADDRESS AND COME UP WITH ALL KINDS OF SOLUTIONS AS A CLASS FAMILY." - Teacher
"MY STUDENTS WOULD TELL YOU THAT IT'S THEIR FAVORITE TIME OF DAY." - Kindergarten Teacher

Trainer & Coach

Prior to joining the staff of Open Circle in 1996, Sallie served as the Director of Training and Associate Director of the Greater Boston Legal Services, was a middle school counselor, trained middle school teachers, and used outdoor challenges as part of the treatment for drug-involved adolescents. Sallie earned her B.A. from Wellesley College and her M.Ed. in Counseling from the School of Education at UMass-Amherst. Sallie has a special interest and expertise in the role that teachers of special subjects play in schools and in the lives of children, and she has spent considerable time studying the dynamics of elementary school cafeterias - often the most challenging part of day for students and adults. Outside of Open Circle, Sallie shares her time volunteering with the AFS Intercultural Programs, her church, and other community social action groups.

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