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Courtney Cairns-Pastor

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Courtney Cairns-Pastor is the Content Creator and Social Media Coordinator at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS. After 15 years as a newspaper reporter covering education, parenting, health and local issues, Courtney changed careers and now tells the story of Corbett Prep. During the week, she’s busy creating content about the private school and managing its social media. On the weekends, you’ll find her running on Bayshore, reading obsessively and cheering on the Tampa Bay Lightning. She lives in Seminole Heights with her husband and son.

Odyssey of the Mind Inspires Creative Thinking

Can you tell the story of a historical figure as a musical featuring an optical illusion? Invent a circus unlike any other? Build a...

Design a Perfect Summer with Half-Day Camps

Putting together a summer camp schedule can feel like a giant game of “would you rather.” Would you rather play sports or write a...

Kids Think They’re Too Old for Camp? Check Out These Options at Camp IDS

Your tween or teen envisions a summer of sleeping in, playing video games and chatting with friends online. They feel like they’re too old...

Dr. Joyce Burick Swarzman Awarded State “Teacher’s Teacher” Recognition

As Corbett Preparatory School of IDS' longest serving Head of School, Dr. Joyce Burick Swarzman established a model of professional development that inspired her...

5 Ways to Get Kids Excited About Coding 

First graders squeal with delight as Cody the robot mouse follows their commands through a maze. Seventh graders lean over a laptop to scrutinize...

3 COVID Changes Schools Should Keep

Kids on yoga mats reading by the water. Field trips to faraway places made possible through Zoom. A night of poetry under the stars...

Five Ways to Prepare for PreK Beyond Academics

When it comes to getting ready for PreK or kindergarten, parents often focus on the ABCs and 123s. But can your children cut with scissors?...

Design the Perfect Summer at Camp: 5 Questions to Ask

Think about the perfect summer for your kids. Are they fishing and canoeing on a sparkling lake or busy in the kitchen, baking delicious baked...

Write On: How to Help Young Writers Find Their Spark

Corbett Prep seventh graders begin November as regular English students and end the month as novelists. Prekindergarten children dive into literacy by starring in...

Why Choose a K-8 School? 5 Benefits of an Elementary and Middle School Program

Middle School may seem miles away when you are looking for a pre-kindergarten or kindergarten school for your child. And if you have a student entering sixth grade, does it really matter if his school includes an elementary or high school program?

Brain Breaks: You need it more than you think!

If you sit at a desk most of the day, you know that sometimes you have to get up and move. You may think it’s...

Strong School Communities Support Students Academically and Socially

Older students play alongside younger ones on Field Day, shouting encouragement and helping their younger buddies navigate the relays, ball tosses and sack races. Third...