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
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!
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
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
As someone who teaches physics to ninth graders, I get a wide range of responses from adults when sharing my profession. More often than not, I’m met with tales of formulas gone wrong and jargon that left confusion in its wake. I can see minds flashing back to high school Continue reading For The Love of Physics
Section A: Right Hand Wave x2 Section B: Right Hand Wave x2 Section C: Right Hand Wave x4 Section A: Right Hand Shake x2 Section B: Right Hand Shake x2 Section C: Right Hand Shake x4 All: March (high knees and swinging arms), Right Foot First All: Arms out wide Continue reading Willkommen! Bienvenue! Welcome!
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
Ship Day, named for the facility in which it is held — The Shipley Center for Athletics, Health and Wellness — is a day of respite from classes and a chance for students to focus on health and wellness issues. Organized by the Health and Wellness Committee, Ship Day has Continue reading Insider’s Guide: Ship Day
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
One of my favorite activities at Dana each year is 8th Grade Career Day. For one day in January, the 8th graders travel off campus in small groups to meet people with interesting careers in their workplaces. These trips provide our oldest Middle School students some pretty incredible experiences. 8th Continue reading Exploring Future Possibilities