Welcome to Bear Pond Learning

Hi, I’m Hilary Harper-Wilcoxen and I started Bear Pond Learning for one reason: to help kids. I’ve been in education for a long time as both a college professor and now in the public elementary schools and I know kids need our help, especially if you are a parent or a concerned community member. 

That’s what we’re all about here at Bear Pond Learning.

I invite you to explore this website and reproduce anything you find on here in your own community and schools. You will find a VLOG series for parents under VIDEOS. We call it "Teacher Tips: Helping Parents Help Their Kids”

You’ll also find a program connecting kids with libraries and bookstores we called “Literacy Loons”. We’ve already rolled this program out here in our rural town of Bridgton, Maine and we hope you will want to copy us. That’s just fine.. 

So, look around the website. There are also lots of essays on various topics from education to parenting to grandparents. If you would like to have an essay you’ve written posted on this site I would love to hear from you! 

We believe education is for everyone, at any stage of your journey. We’re really glad you’re here!

Hilary, BPL


Reading for Kids: Literacy Loons.

Brian Hastings, Principal, Conway Elementary, Conway, N.H.

Gina Miller, 1st Grade, Conway Elementary, Conway, N.H.

Kathy Carrier, Kindergarten Teacher, Conway Elementary, N.H. 


A place to learn together


My Blog Post for NDEO

Learning to Teach

Do college professors know how to teach and, if not, why not and what can be done about it?