Martha K. Holland, Newtown Friends Meeting member and educator will lead a discussion on Adventures in Parenting, The High School Years: What to Expect” for the Adult class of Newtown Friends Meeting, 219 court Street, on Sunday, February 12, at 9:45 a.m. (www.newtownfriendsmeeting.org). Traditional Quaker worship based on silence and shared ministry will follow at 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend all events.
Holland says: “Adolescence is a time of remarkable change and rapid growth for young people. But adolescence is not just marked by physical changes — young people are also experiencing cognitive, social/emotional and interpersonal changes as well, and all at an accelerated rate. We will explore what these changes mean and examine the challenges of navigating it all safely and sanely.”
The program will be Part Two in a series of three on Education and Parenting at the historic Quaker Meetinghouse. Part One was held in September on Adventures in Parenting; What Does Success Look Like?
Martha Holland has had a rich and varied 24 year career in education as an English teacher, coach of soccer, tennis, baseball, cross-country, softball and basketball, literary magazine advisor and director of plays. She has also had leadership roles in program development, student support and diversity work as well as faculty development and evaluation. Most recently, Martha was Assistant Head of School and Director of Upper School at Abington Friends School in Abington, PA.
A resident of Newtown, Martha Holland is also an avid musician, reader, gardener and a half-marathoner.
Newtown Friends Meeting co-founded by “Peaceable Kingdom” painter and Quaker minister, Edward Hicks, in 1815, holds regular First Day Education classes (Sunday School) the first three Sundays of each month for both adults and children at 9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship begins at 11 a.m. The doors are open for all to attend and childcare is provided.