Current position(s) at GA:
Teacher, Upper School History Department, and Coach
Number of years overall at GA (including this year):
28Why have you chosen to stay at GA?
The smart-aleck response would be to take Ted Haynie’s line: “It sure beats working for a living," but I often really do feel that way. I have so many great opportunities here—to teach great kids, to collaborate with fantastic colleagues, to try new courses, and to experience things (for example, my trip to China or the ability to see Broadway shows like “Hamilton”) that I wouldn’t necessarily be able to do on my own. I taught at several different schools before I came to GA, but this school has been a home to me over the past 28 years. What do you most enjoy about teaching at GA?
The kids. Even if I’m doing the same lesson—for example with my two different sections of AP U.S. History—the experience is never the same because of the interactions with the kids. Their questions, comments and reaction can be completely different, and that makes it fun for me.
What do you hope to provide to students in your classes and what do you hope they take away?
I hope that they learn something about the subject matter, but I also hope that it encourages them to keep thinking and learning far beyond the walls of GA. I still get a kick out of alums who came up to me and talk about something that they learned about or did in my class years ago. What do you value about the home/school partnership?
That the families, kids, and teachers are all working together to make sure that we can have each student graduate from here ready to move on to the next level of their education as good citizens and good people.What GA tradition do you enjoy most?
There are a lot, but one is the handshake line at the end of graduation. Seeing the smiles, tears, and hugs makes what we do here worthwhile.
What is a classroom activity unique to you?
I’m not sure it’s unique, but I like to incorporate trivia into my lessons; for example, to talk about the “Zero Factor” and presidential assassinations with my U.S. History students
What’s the biggest lesson you have learned from your students?
That kids are kids. From the beginning of my career, many years ago, to the present, young people are pretty much the same. The fashions change, the hairstyles change, the technology changes, but young people tend to be, want, and act in very similar ways.