Paying attention to new beginnings

Dana Hall girls in a dorm room

This year, new students from six states and ten countries will board planes, trains, and minivans to travel to their new home on the Dana Hall School campus. I can’t help but reflect on my first day as a new boarding student over 25 years ago. A sophomore from Marietta, Continue reading Paying attention to new beginnings

Part of the Project is Finding the Project

Anna Lee at a mood board.

“I emailed her, but didn’t hear back.” It’s an early morning in April. The senior in my office doesn’t seem frustrated or undone. I wait. This spring, 78 seniors stepped away from Dana Hall in the weeks prior to their graduation. They were engaged all over the Boston area: Cambridge, Continue reading Part of the Project is Finding the Project

Student Travel: New Cultures, New Perspectives

Dana students on the starting line at the stadium of Nemea

“One’s destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things.” This suggestion by the American writer Henry Miller conveys the inspiration behind all Dana Hall School student trips, no matter where in the world we go. During the 2019 March Spring Break, 18 students and two teachers Continue reading Student Travel: New Cultures, New Perspectives

The Value of Peer Education

peer educators

In this era of instant gratification, when answers to all of life’s questions can be found through a click, tweet or a post, it is increasingly difficult to engage with our students on important issues such as health, wellness and safety. In general, having these conversations with teens can be challenging: Continue reading The Value of Peer Education

Building a Program One Player at a Time

John Doll softball

I’ve had the good fortune to coach at Dana Hall for the past 14 years, serving as the head coach for both Varsity Softball and JV Basketball. In that time, our teams have won league championships and tournaments, produced MVPs and Scholastic All-Stars, and enjoyed thrilling come-from-behind victories. Former Dana Continue reading Building a Program One Player at a Time

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