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Visiting Speakers at the Lower School

Berkeley Carroll students seek to understand perspectives other than their own as they strive to develop as critical, ethical and global thinkers.

In support of this pursuit, we bring many speakers from different disciplines to speak with our students and answer their questions. We have seen authors, scientists, activists and more pass through our halls to talk about their careers, the world at large and how our students can grow and make a difference.

Many of the speakers that come to Berkeley Carroll live and work in Brooklyn or other areas of New York City, but the world is our classroom — in recent years we have heard from speakers from as far away as Sierra Leone thanks to technology such as Skype.

Past Visiting Speakers

Jon Deak

Former New York aPhilharmonic bassist Jon Deak taught fourth graders about music composition and helped them create their own group pieces.


R.J. Palacio

Author R.J. Palacio spoke to fourth graders about her best-selling book, "Wonder." The students, who read the book in class, asked many questions about the story and Palacio's experience writing it.

Chris Grabenstein

Chris Grabenstein, author of the New York Times bestsellers "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library" and "The Island of Dr. Libris," taught students about the importance of rewriting, imagination and character development.


Rudy Garcia-Tolson

Rudy Garcia-Tolson, a gold medal-winning Paralympic swimmer who has broken multiple world records and competed on the U.S. swim team in the Rio Olympics, spoke with kindergartners about how his prosthetic legs work.

Matt de la Peña

Author Matt de la Peña visited the Lower School to read from his book "Last Stop on Market Street," which has won the Caldecott Honor Medal and the Newbery Medal.