Defining Home through Dance

Dana Hall dancers at the barre

When I arrived at Dana Hall almost 13 years ago, I was fresh off a professional performance career. I’d been teaching dance steadily for about six years, but only in studio settings and never full time. I’d had no previous experience teaching in academic institutions, and I was completely unfamiliar with Continue reading Defining Home through Dance

Celebrate… and get back to work!

Students cheering

Last week the National Coalition of Girls Schools published an article summarizing new research conducted at UCLA to support that “Girls’ School Graduates Have a Clear Edge Over Coeducated Peers” (February, 2019). I devoured the article. The findings are empowering and give girls’ schools many reasons to celebrate. According to Continue reading Celebrate… and get back to work!

Careful Observation: Art in the Academic Classroom

John Gast, American Progress (1872)

For 11 years, I taught Humanities courses at an arts high school. Due to the composition of our student body, the classes of academic teachers were somewhat naturally suffused with art of all types. In my U.S. History classes, I frequently asked my students to consider how art and media Continue reading Careful Observation: Art in the Academic Classroom

Growing A Dorm Community = Cookies + Conversation

Girls sitting together in dorm lobby.

What are you doing at 9:30 on a Thursday evening? Eating dinner? Streaming Netflix? Climbing into bed for the night? If you happen to be a boarder living in Grey Lodge dorm at Dana Hall School, you will be wedging yourself into a seat on one of the snug living Continue reading Growing A Dorm Community = Cookies + Conversation

Teaching Outside of the Classroom

Dana Hall community service site

Early in my teaching career, I quickly learned that time spent outside of class with students is a powerful teaching tool. Whether it is silly conversations in the dorm, floating down a river on an 8-person raft, or working together on the basketball court, getting to know students from multiple Continue reading Teaching Outside of the Classroom

Using Data to Study Social Issues and Fuel Student Passions

Calculus presentation

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’ve always had a passion for teaching. I will sing, dance, get up on desks — anything to help my students learn. I am also a stalwart supporter of social justice movements, educating myself about issues impacting diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Continue reading Using Data to Study Social Issues and Fuel Student Passions