Faculty & Staff Directory
M.A., Middlebury College
Came to Berkshire: 2005
What excites you the most about teaching at Berkshire? I love the energy of both the faculty/staff and students at Berkshire. People are proud to be a part of the Berkshire experience; I thrive on that energy and excitement to be back under the mountain in the fall, and I love watching students learn and take pride in their experiences here throughout the year.
What is your favorite tradition at Berkshire? I love Winter Carnival. It comes at just the right time in the school year. Winter can be a long, especially in the Berkshires, so to have a tradition that brings dorms together and encourages students to work together across grade levels and create healthy competition between the dorms is so much fun to watch. Alums return to Berkshire with fond memories of Winter Carnival.
How would you describe your relationship with students, specifically beyond the classroom? Every relationship is a unique one. I do my best to know each student individually and not assume that each student has had or will have the same experience. I try to listen to their journey and help guide them along the way. It is so important to allow students to learn from their mistakes and failures - after all, each of our own mistakes and failures have made us as adults stronger and more resilient. I try to help students see the importance of the lesson in those low moments in life and the importance of the challenges we each face. Most of the work we do here - I believe - transcends the classroom, and that is one of the things I love most about teaching in a boarding school setting.
How does it make you feel to be a role model for the students here? Being a role model for students is unbelievably rewarding. I had a few very crucial role models when I was in high school - I still feel that if it hadn't been for them, I am not sure I would have made it through! I have spent my 20+ years of teaching trying to give to students what those faculty gave to me. To be able to impact even one student's life in a positive and transformative way is, well, just amazing. I feel lucky to work in this profession.