What is your role at Tower Hill, and how long have you been with the school?
I am the associate director of college counseling, and this is my second year at Tower Hill.
Briefly describe your own education.I received a B.A. in English from Tufts University and an Ed.M. from Harvard University.
Why do you do what you do? What are you passionate about at work?I started as an English teacher, and I spent many years teaching English, creative writing, and journalism, mostly to sophomores and juniors. For about three years I taught the entire junior class (at a private school in D.C.) and part of my job was teaching the college essay and, over the summer, writing recommendations for all of the juniors. I found the idea of finding a college "match" for students compelling, and I also found the admissions process interesting (I had worked in undergraduate admissions while in college, too). When my husband decided to attend graduate school full-time, I found a job in the college's admissions office. From there, the transition to becoming a college counselor and working with high school students seemed logical. I love learning about different colleges, visiting campuses, and helping students find a place where they can thrive.
What do you enjoy doing outside of school?
I enjoy spending time with my family (I have three teenage daughters, all of whom still like spending time together and with their parents!). We love to travel as a family, but we also love hanging out with our local friends and our pets (a dog and two cats). My main hobbies are cooking (although I feel like I have less time for it than I used to), reading and writing (I started a writers group in my town as a way to connect with other writers and to motivate myself and others to keep writing).
What subject/grade(s) do you teach?
I teach 3rd Grade and all that implies: I have the role of the "extended parent." :)
How long have you been at Tower Hill?
I'm honoring my 10th contract.
Briefly describe your own education:
I'm a former lawyer, having practiced criminal defense and family law in New Hampshire for six years. I then embarked on another career as a social worker in the Chicago area, working with children in juvenile detention as well as with adopted children who struggled with the loss of their birth families. I finally determined that working with children all day long would be a good choice for me, so I pursued a Master’s in Teaching.
Why do you do what you do? What are you passionate about at work?
I am passionate about seeing children succeed, in whatever way, shape or form that takes. Period. End of story.
I'm a simple person; I enjoy being at home with my family, backpacking on extended trips with them, and any kind of travel (especially if it's by train!) We also seem to have this "sick" history of running multiple half marathons per year together (have mercy, I know).
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?