1760 Spotlight - Virginia Hofmann

Current position(s) at GA:
Associate Athletic Director, Assistant Admissions Director, Upper School Physical Education

Number of years overall at GA (including this year): 41

Why have you chosen to stay at GA?

I can’t imagine being anywhere else. This is an ideal environment for teaching and coaching- terrific students, great colleagues and beautiful facilities. It is a pleasure to come to work every day. I have also enjoyed the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the community. Over the years I have taught in lower, middle and upper schools, been a part of theatre productions, and had a chance to coach a variety of sports including a one year stint as JV ice hockey coach. Very few jobs offer you the chance to stay in one place and have such a variety of challenges.

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What do you most enjoy about teaching at GA?

The students are what make teaching the most enjoyable. They are smart, fun, thoughtful and willing to try their best every day. Small classes give you a chance to interact with each student and learn more about them in and out of the classroom.

What do you hope to provide to students in your classes and what do you hope they take away?

I hope to provide my students with exposure to a variety of lifetime fitness activities to keep them active long after graduation. I hope they develop an enthusiasm for trying a variety of sports and realizing it is never too late to try something new.

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What do you value about the home/school partnership?

It makes GA a very special place to work when you know the parents and sometimes the grandparents of your students and advisees. This partnership gives you a more complete view of students’ lives and helps you to encourage them to do their best.

What GA tradition do you enjoy most?

GA-PC day is my favorite tradition. I love spirit week and everything that goes with it. Coaching field hockey on that day has always been magical from team breakfasts to filming our pep rally videos to overtime victories. GA-PC will always hold a special place in my heart.

What is a classroom activity unique to you?

I take my golf classes every spring to the driving range so they can hit the long ball. I then give them a chance to earn an automatic A by calling a shot and then hitting it perfectly. It combines the skills we have been working on with the pressure of a big time play. It is always a fun way to end the year.


What’s the biggest lesson you have learned from your students?

I am consistently impressed by the compassion and thoughtfulness of my students. They have helped me to think outside my classroom and about the world around us. They are able to do so many things at a high level and yet still make time to help others. I feel like I am a better person just being in their presence.