See It to Be It

She Sails 2015 panel

In a recent op-ed published in The Baltimore Sun, National Coalition of Girls’ Schools Executive Director Megan Murphy wrote about the continued responsibility that we all share to teach girls how to develop, hone and use their voices. As girls and women across the globe face new obstacles and challenges, Continue reading See It to Be It

A Lasting First Impression

Blue Key heads

Right outside my office, a flurry of activity takes place three times a day. The commotion is from our student tour guides arriving in the Admission Office to lead tours to prospective families. With more than 100 members (nearly a third of the Upper School), Blue Key, our tour guide Continue reading A Lasting First Impression

Destroying to Make New or How I Spent My Spring Break

Library materials that are repurposed.

I just spent my Spring Break coercing my friends, neighbors, parents and colleagues to help me rip up books. Yes, I am the Upper School Librarian at Dana Hall School. You did read that right: I spent my vacation destroying books. I exaggerate. I completely decimated one copy of the 2016 Continue reading Destroying to Make New or How I Spent My Spring Break

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

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